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THEIR VIEW: Prison reform is possible

Crime and punishment have a complicated relationship, as many states have come to learn. From 2010 to 2015, 31 states experienced tandem declines in crime rates and incarceration rates. In the 10 states with the largest reductions in imprisonment,…

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Tuesday 12/11/2018
CHRIS POWELL: Perpetual motion claim doesn't excuse colleges
icon Posted: 11 December 2018 [08:29 PM]

Connecticut’s state college and university system claims to have discovered perpetual motion and is mobilizing it in defense of its budget. The claim was made last week in a report detailing the $11 billion contribution the system says it makes…

Have the Republicans finally given up on democracy?
icon Posted: 11 December 2018 [08:28 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON -- Especially after last week’s court filings in the ongoing investigations of President Trump, his critics have good reason to focus on the threats he poses to democracy and the rule of law. But the president…

For May, there's no good way out of Brexit disaster
icon Posted: 11 December 2018 [08:26 PM]

Britain took a step deeper into political turmoil Monday when Prime Minister Theresa May, facing certain defeat, postponed a parliamentary vote on the plan for Britain’s departure from the European Union that she had painstakingly negotiated with EU leaders. May…

Monday 12/10/2018
OUR VIEW: A child needs your help
icon Posted: 10 December 2018 [08:54 PM]

Warm The Children, a charity in part sponsored by The Herald, has been collecting funds to provide warm clothing to youngsters in the New Britain area for 15 years. Donations start to trickle in as the weather turns colder and…

Saying 'You're fired' too often is bad for a presidency
icon Posted: 10 December 2018 [08:51 PM]

By Kara Alaimo President Donald Trump said Saturday that his chief of staff, John Kelly, would step down by the end of the year. Kelly’s departure will add to records the Trump administration has already set for…

John Kelly and the myth of the 'adult in the room'
icon Posted: 10 December 2018 [08:49 PM]

President Donald Trump always seemed like he was collecting generals the way some children collect Barbie dolls - not necessarily because he liked interacting with them but because he liked having them, all lined up in their best outfits, ready…

Sunday 12/09/2018
Critics miss Christmas specials' points
icon Posted: 09 December 2018 [07:16 PM]

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review With everything in everyday American life politicized, count on someone, somewhere, being offended by something, anything - even classic Christmas TV specials. A recent Huffington Post tweet promoting a video about a holiday classic says “’Rudolph the…

THEIR VIEW: Questions about Whitaker
icon Posted: 09 December 2018 [07:14 PM]

Editorial Did acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker examine the memo that special counsel Robert Mueller III released Tuesday? Has he seen the material that Mueller redacted from the document? Has he sought the advice of Justice Department ethics experts on…

Here's more proof that President Trump's crime wave is a fake
icon Posted: 09 December 2018 [07:11 PM]

The Washington Post Since he began his campaign in 2015, Donald Trump has insisted - and based a good deal of his agenda - on the notion that illegal immigrants are causing a massive crime wave. When he first came…

The Republicans' tax on religion is a nightmare for many
icon Posted: 09 December 2018 [07:09 PM]

Opinion “Republicans tax churches to help pay for big corporate giveaway.” You would be forgiven for thinking that this is a headline from The Onion or the fantasy of some left-wing website. But it’s exactly what happened in the big…

Friday 12/07/2018
THEIR VIEW: Repair the trade mess
icon Posted: 07 December 2018 [08:21 PM]

The trade truce this past weekend between the United States and China gave U.S. business a dose of confidence - which President Donald Trump undid Tuesday with a series of Twitter messages suggesting he is still “a tariff man” whose…

Variety of columns keeps reader informed
icon Posted: 07 December 2018 [08:20 PM]

To The Editor: Once again I want to thank you for your wide selection of columns especially the Wisconsin one. I am a shut-in who relies on my computer to read the news. I don’t have cable,and use the radio…

Mayor Erin Stewart should run for president
icon Posted: 07 December 2018 [08:19 PM]

To the Editor, I believe that when Mayor Erin Stewart turns 35 she should run for president of the United States. Reason number one, she is smart. Reason number two, she knows politics. Reason number three, she is…

Kentucky may use gaming to fix pension crisis
icon Posted: 07 December 2018 [08:19 PM]

Today, we tackle expanded gaming in Kentucky. We do so after Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear called for expanding gaming to help fund Kentucky’s pension crisis. Beshear said in a press release issued earlier that expanded gaming would “create a…

Mark Zuckerberg is more ruthless than clueless
icon Posted: 07 December 2018 [08:19 PM]

Lawmakers in the United Kingdom on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook documents that provide an intriguing glimpse inside the company - and obliterate any remaining notions of its chief executive officer as an innocent babe in the woods. As…

Reduced life expectancy is the real 'American carnage'
icon Posted: 07 December 2018 [08:18 PM]

By• Robert Gebelhoff There’s something uncomfortably sterile about life-expectancy rates. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that average American life expectancy shortened by a tenth of a year, as it did last year, it’s…

Thursday 12/06/2018
THEIR VIEW: Evil lurks on the Web
icon Posted: 06 December 2018 [08:50 PM]

Some Google employees still seem to believe in the slogan their company dropped from the top of its code of conduct this year: Don’t be evil. The Intercept reported last week that leaders at Google tried to push Project Dragonfly,…

CHRIS POWELL: Blumenthal hails nanny state
icon Posted: 06 December 2018 [08:47 PM]

Almost any issue will do when Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal craves attention, so the other day he joined some pediatricians at the state Capitol to warn the world about computer games that contain advertising aimed at young children. Blumenthal…

Mueller's Flynn memo supports case against Trump
icon Posted: 06 December 2018 [08:45 PM]

The big takeaway from special counsel Robert Mueller’s new sentencing memo for Michael Flynn is that it underscores how little we know about what Mueller has learned. It says President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser has provided “substantial assistance”…

Increase in hate incidents puts all Americans at risk
icon Posted: 06 December 2018 [08:43 PM]

In Cambridge, earlier this month, a man allegedly yelled anti-Semitic slurs at a 66-year-old woman and pushed her against a wall. In Reading, racist graffiti and swastikas have repeatedly appeared in bathroom stalls and benches at Reading Memorial High School.…

Wednesday 12/05/2018
OUR VIEW: Can CCSU move forward after scandal-plagued year
icon Posted: 05 December 2018 [09:06 PM]

Central Connecticut State University has had its share of problems this year. Questionable and allegedly inappropriate or illegal behavior by three staff members put the university in the spotlight. The Herald and The Bristol Press reported university records showed that…

THEIR VIEW: In Wisconsin, a GOP end run around democracy
icon Posted: 05 December 2018 [09:05 PM]

Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature sprinted Tuesday to pass a hastily drafted package of bills that would strip power from the governor and state attorney general. Michigan Republicans are trying a similar maneuver. The reason: Democrats won elections last month, and Republican…

Reasons why Joe Biden matters most of all
icon Posted: 05 December 2018 [09:03 PM]

Between now and spring 2019 you’re going to see plenty of polling of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders. You’ll hear from lots of supposedly plugged-in operatives. Iowans will be poked and prodded. (How meaningless a survey, especially in December 2018, could…

Government can't keep its employees from talking about impeachment
icon Posted: 05 December 2018 [09:02 PM]

At a time when government ethics violations by the president, his aides or his Cabinet appointees seem to make the news every week, it’s easy to forget that ethics officials sometimes go too far in restricting government employees. That is…

Tuesday 12/04/2018
OUR VIEW: Downtowns reimagined
icon Posted: 04 December 2018 [08:57 PM]

Most small New England cities have downtowns that have seen better days. Gone are the bustling city centers with Main Streets featuring busy shops. Some keen business observers blame the decline of downtowns on the popularity of shopping malls. According…

NFL runs the same bad play on violence against women
icon Posted: 04 December 2018 [08:55 PM]

The National Football League was scandalized four years ago when a security video went viral showing then-Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice knocking his then- fiancee and now-wife unconscious and dragging her from a hotel elevator. Outside review concluded that…

Congress takes a step toward war-powers control
icon Posted: 04 December 2018 [08:54 PM]

In 1973, as President Richard Nixon escalated an unauthorized bombing campaign in Cambodia, Sen. William Fulbright, D-Ark., asked, “Does the President assert - as kings of old - that as Commander in Chief he can order American forces anywhere for…

YOUR VIEW: One of the strangest football games ever played
icon Posted: 04 December 2018 [08:53 PM]

By To The Editor, The December 2018 issue of “Connecticut Magazine” carried a letter from Mike Moran about football and players in Connecticut. His PS. noted “one of the strangest football games ever played in…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Should students get more gym time?
icon Posted: 04 December 2018 [08:51 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, I don’t like the fact that my high school only has gym twice a week. Dakota- A student Dakota, I wholeheartedly agree with you. I’m a big believer in the Old World Greek values of mind…

Monday 12/03/2018
ERIN STEWART: New Britain has seen many positive changes
icon Posted: 03 December 2018 [05:56 PM]

Opinion Time flies. I just marked five years serving as your mayor. When I reflect on the past, I feel gratitude for the positive changes that have come to our community. Those changes couldn’t have happened without you. Since the…

THEIR VIEW: George H.W. Bush is an American patriot
icon Posted: 03 December 2018 [05:54 PM]

Editorial The death of the 41st president will be much mourned this week, his passing serving as a memorial to a seemingly vanished era of temperance and civility in Washington. His “kinder and gentler” style of politics stands in unavoidable…

Charitable giving makes a difference in communities
icon Posted: 03 December 2018 [05:52 PM]

Opinion You might think that wealthy people who can tax deduct their charitable contributions are the most generous Americans, and many are. Bill Gates and Warren Buffett deserve praise for the billions they have personally given to charity.…

GM says layoffs will boost its bottom line, it is more complicated
icon Posted: 03 December 2018 [05:50 PM]

Opinion This week, General Motors announced plans to halt production at several of its plants. The move could see over 14,000 jobs lost, 8,000 of which are in North America. GM chief executive Mary Barra told reporters that while the…

Sunday 12/02/2018
YOUR VIEW: Trump will never be my president
icon Posted: 02 December 2018 [07:35 PM]

To The Editor: This is in response to Michael Russo’s letter titled “Reader urges more support of President Trump” that appeared in the Thursday, Nov. 29 edition of the New Britain Herald. For the record, Trump is NOT my president.…

THEIR VIEW: May's Brexit expected to cost a fortune
icon Posted: 02 December 2018 [07:32 PM]

Editorial In its general outline, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal looked misguided. As the costs become clearer, it’s starting to look indefensible. A new study by an academic think tank has tabulated the economic effects of the proposed deal,…

THEIR VIEW: More troubling questions in Mueller investigation
icon Posted: 02 December 2018 [07:30 PM]

Editorial Last week brought tantalizing hints about special counsel Robert Mueller III’s Russia investigation, prompting rampant speculation about the inquiry’s direction. It remains unclear whether these revelations will add up to a case that President Donald Trump colluded with the…

We're missing the forest for Melania Trump's red holiday trees
icon Posted: 02 December 2018 [07:28 PM]

The Washington Post It isn’t easy to make Christmas decorations pop. American Christmas --the pagan spectacle of capitalism as opposed to the religious holiday - is about excess, about competing with the neighbor’s bigger budget or lower taste threshold when…

Small groups of vaccine refusers can make people sick
icon Posted: 02 December 2018 [07:26 PM]

Infectious diseases such as chickenpox and measles - once a rite of passage for American children - have been made uncommon because of vaccines. However, in recent years, an increasing number of parents are refusing vaccines, resulting in outbreaks. The…

Friday 11/30/2018
The complicated but necessary anti-Trump coalition
icon Posted: 30 November 2018 [10:37 PM]

Politically, our country is divided into four camps, not two. Only one of these, largely rooted in rural America and bolstered by ideological conservatives, supports President Trump. Two of them, urban progressives and suburban moderates, strongly oppose him. The last…

THEIR VIEW: The peril of gene editing
icon Posted: 30 November 2018 [10:37 PM]

The claim by a Chinese scientist that he successfully edited the genetic makeup of a human embryo followed by live births is a moment for serious worry. Rapid advances in gene editing have been pointing toward this for a…

Thursday 11/29/2018
THEIR VIEW: Protect small business
icon Posted: 29 November 2018 [08:36 PM]

If you knew what you were doing, would you sign a contract allowing a company to sue you and take your money whenever it wanted, with no proof, warning or legal recourse? Bizarre as it may seem, aggressive lenders are…

Confederate conundrum: 'We cannot rewrite history'
icon Posted: 29 November 2018 [08:33 PM]

A recent decision makes it clear who has the authority to remove a Confederate plaque and its misinformation from the Texas Capitol, and Gov. Greg Abbott needs to stop passing the buck and order it taken down. For a year…

The illegal immigration 'crisis' is Trump-made
icon Posted: 29 November 2018 [08:31 PM]

Those in the reality-based discussion about immigration have pointed out for years that the “crisis” of illegal immigration isn’t a crisis at all and, in fact, that the outflow of people along the southern border has topped the inflow. Pew…

Keeping the economy safe from Trump's personal feelings
icon Posted: 29 November 2018 [08:30 PM]

President Donald Trump can’t say he wasn’t warned about General Motors. In June, GM said that the various tariffs that Trump had either already imposed or was considering could “lead to less investment, fewer jobs, and lower wages for our…

Wednesday 11/28/2018
OUR VIEW: Rate hikes are too high
icon Posted: 28 November 2018 [08:42 PM]

Connecticut residents may be paying a little less at the gas pump, but some could see that savings wiped out with a hike in utility bills. Eversource announced it would increase electric rates again in 2019. The increase was approved…