It’s about time that CCC employees got vocal. The past few weeks, we’ve seen several articles and letters to the editor regarding the college. Then, there’s the backlash– people saying nasty things along the lines of “There shouldn’t be a college in Hartford anyway.” Several years ago, when starting employment with CCC, a friend remarked that he’d heard it wasn’t a good college. No doubt many of these comments are made by people who’ve never been to CCC, have a vision that every college must have a sprawling green lawn (grass is part of the environmental problem!), or, and I hesitate to say this, harbor racist or classist ideas about who deserves access to higher education. In today’s Courant, another CCC employee responds:
Cost Of Parking In Hartford
Gone are the lofty days when education and the arts were revered and measured not by cost, but by the enrichment bestowed on community and self.
Now it’s all about the money.
The Courant’s June 27 editorial “Be Fair To Downtown College” cited parking for faculty, staff and students at the Morgan Street Garage as an unreasonable cost of having Capital Community College in downtown Hartford.
If the city, through the Hartford Parking Authority, feels the need to charge such an exorbitant rate, perhaps the state should tighten up usage of its own parking lots and no longer allow free parking to the patrons who frequent the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, myself among them.
Quid pro quo, Mayor Perez?
The writer is a staff member at Capital Community College.