Like you, I have watched as our country has become more politically divided in recent years. There are quite a few causes, though it’s hard to say which is driving the trend. The political parties themselves are definitely more divided than ever. The major news media outlets have given up attempting fair reporting in favor of biased propagandizing. Finally, we have begun electing candidates based on superficial traits rather than the values or principles they hold and promote.
Governor Ned Lamont
Matt O'Toole on Easter morning with all his possessions.
Story and Photographs by John Murray
Matt O’Toole sat outside the largest homeless shelter in Connecticut wondering how he was going to spend the next 10 hours. It was Easter Sunday and it was cold and raw outside. The St. Vincent DePaul Shelter in the South End of Waterbury boots all single men out of the facility every morning at 7 am, and O’Toole couldn’t get back in until 5 pm.
O’Toole has been homeless off and on for much of the past year. “I made bad decisions,” O’Toole said. “Most of us in here have made a lot of bad decisions. I had an addiction problem.”
Sworn In As 89th Governor of Connecticut
Governor Ned Lamont shared a moment with his wife, Annie Lamont, as they marched past the State Capitol following his inauguration inside the State Armory. Photograph by John Murray