When Connecticut residents look back on 2011, we will almost certainly remember the weather for its extraordinary impact on our lives.
In January and February, we were buried under mounds of unending snow. Records were set for this year for precipitation, aided by Tropical Storm Irene in August. And in late October, we suffered through a snowstorm that left 800,000 in the state without power for up to 12 days, many of them here in Central Connecticut.
But there were other issues as well. Unemployment came down below 9 percent in the state but remains stubbornly high. With Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's "shared sacrifice" budget, we all paid higher taxes, including some that were retroactive.
School reform has been a constant issue, and it's gaining ground with the appointment of a new leader in the state Department of Education.
Let us know which of these topics tops the list for you in 2011.