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OUR VIEW: Plainville needs to pick a better spot for dog park

Plainville pet owners who were hoping that a dog park might soon be established in town, were given some disappointing news on Monday. The Plainville Town Council failed to approve the Dog Park Committee’s proposal that would have established a…

icon Posted: 21 March 2018 [05:59 PM]

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Wednesday 03/21/2018
CHRIS POWELL: State government schemes for money
icon Posted: 21 March 2018 [05:58 PM]

What if half the effort being made by Governor Dannel Malloy and the General Assembly to raise revenue for state government was put into trying to economize? For that matter, what if any effort was? But that is mere dreaming.…

D.C.'s embrace of McCabe is embarrassing
icon Posted: 21 March 2018 [05:56 PM]

The predictable reaction from some media quarters directed at President Trump over the firing of former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, including outlandish comparisons to the Saturday Night Massacre of Watergate days, is reflective of the Big Media echo chamber…

Obamacare's fate rests with bipartisan vote that may never come
icon Posted: 21 March 2018 [05:55 PM]

Congress must vote by the end of the week to fund the government, passing a massive “omnibus” spending bill that may (believe it or not) represent the last time this year lawmakers make significant policy changes. In other words,…

Tuesday 03/20/2018
U.S. is Trumping the North Korea naysayers
icon Posted: 20 March 2018 [07:11 PM]

President Trump will never win. Not with the liberal media, anyway. First they were all over his case for not wanting to meet with North Korea’s dear leader, Kim Jong Un. Then they ripped him for his tough-talking tweets describing…

Fighting the opioid crisis takes strong leadership
icon Posted: 20 March 2018 [07:10 PM]

When it comes to the opioid crisis, President Donald Trump likes to sound tough, including multiple uses of the word itself. “If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers, we’re wasting our time,” he said Monday. “And that toughness…

YOUR VIEW: Give to your local animal shelter
icon Posted: 20 March 2018 [07:09 PM]

By To The Editor: Friday is National Puppy Day, so it’s as good an excuse as any for sending cute dog videos around the office or posting them on Facebook. And if you want to…

Monday 03/19/2018
Our View: St. Patrick's Day fun run had a serious purpose
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [08:05 PM]

On St. Patrick’s Day, some may have been hoisting a pint or two in honor of Irish pride, while others decided to work up a thirst first in the name of a charitable cause. Bristol hosted its annual Shamrock Run,…

Granddaddy's Secrets: We can't live in fear of school violence
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [08:04 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, I’m worried over these school shootings that we have been seeing in the news. Breanna S. – Mom of three school-age children. Breanna, I, too, am saddened over this senseless violence taking place in some of…

McCabe's firing wasn't political, Trump made it so
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [08:01 PM]

Columnist By Eli Lake Donald Trump has a gift for self-sabotage. His candor in an interview last year with NBC, after firing FBI director James Comey, is what got him the special counsel that haunts his presidency. His…

Shooting straight from the lip
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [07:59 PM]

To The Editor, The attempt of former BOE Commissioner Genard Dolan to impugn my integrity in his Feb. 28 letter to the editor, is a disappointing development. It appears that after losing his base of support, then his office, Mr.…

What if Trump's really serious about arming teachers?
icon Posted: 19 March 2018 [07:58 PM]

It’s hard to know if President Donald Trump’s plan to arm teachers is a real proposal or just noise to obscure his hapless response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. The idea of…

Sunday 03/18/2018
THEIR VIEW: Pompeo may have best shot at replacing Tillerson
icon Posted: 18 March 2018 [08:15 PM]

The most important qualification for any secretary of state is the trust of the president. Rex Tillerson never had it. Mike Pompeo already does, which may give him a better chance at succeeding where his predecessor failed. Pompeo, currently director…

CHRIS POWELL: Tong's case for McDonald is hypocritical nonsense
icon Posted: 18 March 2018 [08:12 PM]

Arguing this week for Governor Malloy’s nomination of Associate Justice Andrew J. McDonald to be chief justice of Connecticut’s Supreme Court, state Rep. William Tong, D-Stamford, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, fed the state House of Representatives a…

The world must stand up against Russia
icon Posted: 18 March 2018 [08:11 PM]

We have a tradition in Britain that any town with a cathedral becomes a city. Salisbury won that title nearly 800 years ago, thanks to the magnificent cathedral that still dominates its streets. So you can imagine Britain’s sense of…

Gains in minimum wage will squeeze upper middle class
icon Posted: 18 March 2018 [08:09 PM]

Right now, the two biggest winners in the labor market are minimum-wage employees, whose pay is rising with government mandates and raises from large corporations, and blue-collar workers, as Friday’s jobs report makes clear. This is bad news for…

Friday 03/16/2018
YOUR VIEW: Let's salute women in the workforce
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [09:57 PM]

By To The Editor: March is National Women’s History Month, and now more than ever women are achieving great things for our economy. Women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce and own just under 40 percent of American…

THEIR VIEW: High school diploma should mean something
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [09:55 PM]

America’s high schools have a credibility problem: The country’s graduation rate is at a record high, but too many students are receiving diplomas without earning them. The most straightforward solution is to require all high-schoolers to pass exit examinations before…

Yes, we do 'Indeed' need a 'Monster' in the White House
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [09:49 PM]

It’s time once again for Washington wannabes to get out their resumes. There are a number of job openings in the Trump administration and, as the president reminded Americans last week, “everyone wants to work in the White House.” That…

There's been a shakeup in Trump country
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [09:48 PM]

WASHINGTON - President Trump put his political standing on the line in western Pennsylvania’s special congressional election on Tuesday. He lost. Republicans and their allies threw every attack in their political arsenal at Democrat Conor Lamb. They apparently fell short.…

As a Republican, I can see a 12-alarm fire raging
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [09:48 PM]

Regardless of the overall outcome of Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania, the political message is clear: Republicans are in trouble. The margin between Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb is so close that Republicans everywhere should take note -…

The Trumpiest thing Trump has done this week
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [09:48 PM]

President Donald Trump’s firing - by tweet - of his secretary of state was true to form, as was hiring a TV commentator for his chief economic adviser (while telling him he looked “handsome” on TV). It was very Trump-like…

Walking out, not backing down
icon Posted: 16 March 2018 [09:48 PM]

At Eastern High School in Washington, District of Columbia, students released balloons to honor the 17 students and teachers killed a month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. At Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, students took a…

Thursday 03/15/2018
Our View: We need to turn the page on college costs
icon Posted: 15 March 2018 [07:23 PM]

Any parent who has at least one or more young adults in a college or university knows how expensive higher education can be. Even with scholarships, federal financial aid and student loans, four years of college can lead to anxiety,…

Stephen Hawking taught us it was right to be wrong
icon Posted: 15 March 2018 [07:20 PM]

Columnist By Adam Minter In 2002, the future Nobel Prize-winner Peter Higgs joined several fellow physicists at a dinner in Edinburgh, Scotland. Drinks flowed, and professional invective followed. The physicists were frustrated by, and perhaps a little jealous of, Stephen…

I'm a college hoops fan who will root -- and regret
icon Posted: 15 March 2018 [07:18 PM]

Columnist I’m a college basketball fanatic. That means I’ll be joining millions of Americans this month in a quest to muffle the economic boom by devoting our energies to filling out and following March Madness brackets. My alma mater, Wake…

Wednesday 03/14/2018
Donald Trump's worst enemy strikes again
icon Posted: 14 March 2018 [07:29 PM]

Donald, Donald, Donald. Your approval ratings could be in the mid-50s if only you and your administration would quit stepping on your own good news. Last Tuesday was a perfect example - the latest in a sad series. First we…

Silence isn't golden
icon Posted: 14 March 2018 [07:28 PM]

It was clear White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t want to answer questions about the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels. “Look, the president has addressed these directly and made very well clear that none of these allegations…

YOUR VIEW: Lawmakers must just say no to spending
icon Posted: 14 March 2018 [07:27 PM]

By To The Editor: In a time when every penny is counted and counted on it is not the time to further burden the already overburdened. I have serious doubts of the true intention of…

Tuesday 03/13/2018
Who's afraid of the NRA? Trump.
icon Posted: 13 March 2018 [06:25 PM]

“We’re going to get things done.” So said President Trump last month assuring students, teachers and parents affected by school shootings of his resolve to find solutions to gun violence. “You’re afraid of the NRA.” That was Trump the following…

Another painful truth about opioids
icon Posted: 13 March 2018 [06:24 PM]

Opioid overdoses, both fatal and nonfatal, increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states,according to the latest review of emergency-room admissions data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published Tuesday. On…

OUR VIEW: Students have their say
icon Posted: 13 March 2018 [06:23 PM]

Today, students across the U.S. plan to stage a school walkout. According to The Associated Press, since the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, demonstrations have sprung up on school campuses around the country. But…

Monday 03/12/2018
THEIR VIEW: Separating children from parents is cruel
icon Posted: 12 March 2018 [08:28 PM]

What, exactly, did a 7-year-old Congolese girl do to the United States to deserve the trauma that has been visited upon her - including forcible separation from her mother - by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her immigration agents?…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Yes, reading is still fundamental
icon Posted: 12 March 2018 [08:25 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, my teen son is not a big fan of reading. Maria G. - A concerned mom. To be honest with you, Maria, when I was your son’s age, I wasn’t a big fan of reading either.…

Drilling off New England coast is a nonstarter
icon Posted: 12 March 2018 [08:24 PM]

Citizens in large numbers, including in Rhode Island, have protested President Trump’s plan to open the nation’s coastal waters to offshore drilling. We’re with them. An oil spill off the coast of Rhode Island would deal a terrible blow…

Conservative consultant: I hope Democrats defend sanctuary cities
icon Posted: 12 March 2018 [08:23 PM]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration are going about the sanctuary city issue in the right way. The very idea of so-called sanctuary cities is offensive to a lot of law-abiding Americans. Taking action against the liberal politicians…

States should get politics out of climate change
icon Posted: 12 March 2018 [08:20 PM]

As the North Pole warms to above-freezing temperatures in mid-winter, ice sheets melt and sea levels surge, the Washington state legislature has abandoned, for now, its plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions. The news is especially discouraging because Washington is…

Sunday 03/11/2018
THEIR VIEW: Don't wait for Congress
icon Posted: 11 March 2018 [07:13 PM]

Action on gun-control legislation has stalled in Congress as Republican leaders try to get some sense of what President Donald Trump might support. We have a better idea. Rather than trying to decipher signals from a president who changes his…

Covering Trump's real news
icon Posted: 11 March 2018 [07:13 PM]

The Trump Administration’s efforts to make policy and govern while also dealing with its own internal West Wing drama has news media careening, almost daily, down two separate tracks. Such distractions have burdened all presidencies, but rarely for so…

Presidential seal use is tacky, but not criminal
icon Posted: 11 March 2018 [07:12 PM]

I would like to correct what seems to have become an alarmingly common misunderstanding: An act of silliness does not become a crime simply because it is committed by President Donald Trump or the people around him. Case in point:…

Corporations are spending their tax cuts - on themselves
icon Posted: 11 March 2018 [07:12 PM]

Remember last year when Donald Trump and his congressional Trumpeteers bragged that their “yuge” tax cut for corporations would spark a “yuge” corporate spending spree to create new jobs and higher wages? Well, just as they promised, we’re now seeing…

Friday 03/09/2018
Trump's pressure on N. Korea is working; now what?
icon Posted: 09 March 2018 [09:53 PM]

The South Korean government on Tuesday announced an apparent diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea: agreement by the government of Kim Jong Un to discuss dismantlement of its nuclear program with the United States, and to suspend further warhead and missile…

It's time for us to give populism its due
icon Posted: 09 March 2018 [09:51 PM]

WASHINGTON - The shambles left by last weekend’s Italian election, the chaotic dysfunction of American government under President Trump, and the attack on liberal democratic institutions in Hungary, Poland, Turkey and elsewhere - all of these are being blamed on…

Before today's 'Black Panther,' there was John Lewis
icon Posted: 09 March 2018 [09:49 PM]

This past weekend was the Faith and Politics Institute’s annual civil rights pilgrimage to Selma, Birmingham and Montgomery with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. Because I went last year, I didn’t think there could possibly be more that I could say…

OUR VIEW: Cost of Tilcon expansion proposal is too high
icon Posted: 09 March 2018 [09:23 PM]

We only have one planet and we need to treat it like the irreplaceable gem it is. That’s why we are concerned about the results of a recent environmental impact study on a proposed Tilcon mining expansion plan. The release…

It's time to give socialism a try
icon Posted: 09 March 2018 [09:23 PM]

In the United States, we’ve arrived at a pair of mutually exclusive convictions: that liberal, capitalist democracies are guaranteed by their nature to succeed and that in our Trumpist moment they seem to be failing in deeply unsettling ways.…

Thursday 03/08/2018
Here's how universities can make cities great
icon Posted: 08 March 2018 [06:26 PM]

When thinking about how to revive economically lagging regions, especially in the Rust Belt, I often talk about the importance of universities. Big, high-quality research universities have been essential for creating technology clusters in Austin, Raleigh and San Diego. But…

N.H. debates death penalty, again
icon Posted: 08 March 2018 [06:25 PM]

For the first time in decades, it appears a bill to repeal the death penalty has enough votes to pass the New Hampshire House and Senate. The Legislature last passed a death penalty repeal in 2000, when it was vetoed…