by Charles A. Monagan
Dec 15, 2011
08:59 AM
On Connecticut

It's a Wonderful Life?


Here's a nice little holiday greeting from the Winter 2012 issue of "The Connecticut Economy," published by the University of Connecticut: Despite all the naysaying, all the political gridlock, all the online anger and hatred, all the talk of taxes, corruption and "I can't wait to move to Florida," Connecticut remains very near the top among all states when it comes to quality of life.

The study looked at the assets and liabilities of all 50 states, ranging from weather to jobs to tax policy to healthcare facilities and education, and determined that we rank No. 5 over all (North Dakota is No. 1; Mississippi is No. 50).

"However you slice it, Connecticut offers a premier quality of life," says the article, entitled "As Good As It Gets?". "There's more to life than the weather, and most people would agree that the quality of life extends beyond wealth or income, encompassintg the quality of one's natural and man-made environments, plus access to health care, education, and leisure activities. By these standards, life in the Nutmeg State is good indeed. Besides its normally temperate climate, Connecticut offers residents ready access to recreational and cultural amenities, good educational institutions, quality health care, and incomes sufficiently high to enjoy them all." 

So why do so many of us seem so unhappy so much of the time? That's a good question. Maybe we should look to the example of George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life" and Imagine the world if there had never been a place called Connecticut. Where would the American Revolution have been without "the Provision State"? How much more difficult would our national effort in World War II have been without the enormous output of Connecticut's factories? How much poorer would our nation have been without the steady stream of educators and thinkers Connecticut schools sent out into the world? Where would Harvard be without Yale? Indeed, consider what an industrious, inventive, intelligent, cultured, stable, even-tempered place Connecticut has always been. Perhaps we take those qualities for granted, and maybe they're not as strong as they once were, but they still count for a lot. Our life here, as a whole, has been very good. History shows it, and the new study carries it into the present day - brightening thoughts that we can carry into the new year.  


It's a Wonderful Life?

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