Blog Posts for 2017-11

Veterans Day, November 11, 2017


Image of a bookcase in the lobby of the library. On the bottom shelf is a display honoring veterans. The display is made of a white poster board with "Honor a Veteran Today" at the top and four blue squares of paper underneath with signatures.This year has seen a great deal of heated rhetoric, polarization, and all-around turmoil, in the United States and across the world. No matter your political affiliation, it is important to take a moment to remember that it is because of veterans that we are able to express our thoughts and emotions freely, have meaningful debates on vital issues, strive for positive change, and exercise our rights as Americans. In the words of our President, “Our veterans represent the very best of America. They have bravely answered the call to serve in the finest military force in the world, and they have earned the dignity that comes with wearing the uniform and defending our great flag. On Veterans Day, we honor all Americans who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, both in times of war and peace.”

In the words of Governor Malloy, “On this day we join all of the residents of our state in honoring the service and sacrifices that the men and women of our military have made to protect our freedom. America’s men and women in uniform – and their families – have made immeasurable sacrifices in the course of their service, and we are deeply grateful for their bravery and courage.” 

Blue Laws


Photo of Blue Laws of Connecticut Book Have you ever tried to buy a car on Sunday in Colorado only to find the dealership closed? What about buying a 6 pack in Indiana, only to find the liquor aisle blocked off, then begrudgingly driving to nearby Illinois where the sale is permitted on Sundays. Or maybe you were taking a Sunday drive through Bergen County, New Jersey, and wanted to buy a new iPhone but were dismayed to find out that the County prohibits electronic sales on Sundays. I haven’t tried any of these either—but why do these laws exist, and where did they come from?

Blue Law Roots

“Blue” Laws, or laws that mandate certain types of closings on Sundays, go far back in American history. However their true roots extend further back in history to the Fourth Century when Emperor Constantine declared that Sunday would be a day to abstain from work. This decree resonated with the major parties in the Roman Empire, particularly pagan Sun-worshipers and Christians. As Christianity spread and ultimately became the state religion of the empire, Sundays became a combined holy day and civic holiday for drinking and amusements. This combination held steady until the Reformation in the 16th century, when religious bodies demanded that Sunday be devoted solely to worship and contemplation, without frivolousness.