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How to stop the pandemic in the U.S.

The woman’s suffrage movement was in full swing when the Great Flu of 1918 hit. They decided to have their annual convention anyway. They allowed only delegates, and spaced the chairs four feet apart, but they caught a lot…

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Sunday 06/28/2020
Monday 06/15/2020
YOUR VIEW: I'm proud to be living in Bristol
icon Posted: 15 June 2020 [01:31 PM]

By SARAH SULLIVAN To the Editor: I have been following the development of the city budget and their response to COVID-19 and now how the city is handling the racial unrest following the Floyd death. While I am a generally…

Friday 06/12/2020
YOUR VIEW: For our kids, don't cut essential services
icon Posted: 12 June 2020 [09:20 PM]

By Shannon Martin To the Editor: I’m an intake investigator for Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families. Before this pandemic, it was normal to get three cases of reported child abuse a week. Now, it’s half that. After 20 years…

YOUR VIEW: Our elected officials have to step up for us
icon Posted: 12 June 2020 [09:18 PM]

By Paul Zagorsky To the Editor: Our country is fractured and suffering, with an inflammatory President incapable of consoling those who are suffering, while national Republican elected leaders are silent in the face of such abhorrent behavior. The Constitution…

Sunday 06/07/2020
Finding ways to make change
icon Posted: 07 June 2020 [08:48 PM]

No words are sufficient to express the sadness and outrage we feel about George Floyd’s death, or to address the history that has led to that horrific event. As to all persons who are charged with a crime, in our…

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YOUR VIEW: Can I help a kid attend summer camp?
icon Posted: 25 May 2020 [08:38 PM]

By DALE BROUKER To the Editor: I read that summer camp will be a go and wanted to inquire how much the cost will be for one kid? When I was growing up in Bristol, my parents couldn’t afford to…

Sunday 05/24/2020
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Friday 05/15/2020
YOUR VIEW: Animal abuser should be deported
icon Posted: 15 May 2020 [07:15 PM]

To the Editor, I’m a little peeved at The Herald for not printing an article and writing about “Zero,” the poor, suffering dog who was beaten and then strangled by another scumbag. I would have let it go if I…

Tuesday 05/12/2020
YOUR VIEW: State doesn't need more people with guns
icon Posted: 12 May 2020 [08:03 PM]

By RACHAEL DAVIS To the Editor: Thank you Gov. Lamont and Attorney General William Tong for suspending the state law that prohibits state police and local police officials from refusing to collect fingerprints, as part of efforts to prevent the…

Monday 05/04/2020
Wednesday 04/15/2020
Fighting COVID-19 is like wartime
icon Posted: 15 April 2020 [08:23 PM]

Most of us have never experienced anything like the current COVID-19 pandemic in our lifetimes. The closest analogy many people think of in connection with the pandemic is that of a war. Indeed, a number of individuals have likened it…

Sunday 03/29/2020
Friday 03/13/2020
What we need right now is a little Irish wit and wisdom
icon Posted: 13 March 2020 [07:52 PM]

We could use some Irish wit and wisdom right now. Here’s a good start: “You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” That’s a lesson well-taught by the many Irish immigrants, including my great-grandfather, who boldly…

Wednesday 03/11/2020
YOUR VIEW: Politicians need to remember 'the people'
icon Posted: 11 March 2020 [08:11 PM]

To The Editor: In light of dishonorable and disappointing political and personal choices and actions that have created our current political and social crisis, this is written for those currently holding elected office and for those seeking one, at any…

YOUR VIEW: Efforts for preservation of Pigeon Hill applauded
icon Posted: 11 March 2020 [08:10 PM]

To The Editor: Working Together for Preservation Save Pigeon Hill Team would like to thank, Mayor Ellen Zoppo Sassu, mayor of Bristol and Scott Heth executive director of the Barnes Nature Center and Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut, The city…

YOUR VIEW: Celebrate Irish-American Heritage
icon Posted: 11 March 2020 [08:09 PM]

To The Editor: March is Irish-American Heritage Month! It is estimated that almost 20 percent of the residents of Connecticut trace their ancestry to Ireland. The Ancient Order of Hibernians is the oldest and largest, Irish, Catholic organization in…

Monday 03/09/2020
CHRIS POWELL: Expensive nonsense pushes transportation issues aside
icon Posted: 09 March 2020 [08:40 PM]

Now that highway tolls seem to have been dismissed for this year’s session of the General Assembly, the Yankee Institute for Public Policy has provided good suggestions for finding transportation infrastructure money elsewhere. Yankee’s suggestions show that Governor Lamont and…

Sunday 03/08/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vaccines are safe and necessary
icon Posted: 08 March 2020 [07:58 PM]

By To The Editor: On February 19th, I testified in front of the Public Health Committee in favor of repealing non-medical exemptions to vaccinating our public-school children. This is an issue of great concern…

Friday 03/06/2020
Real Super Tuesday winner is the Democratic Party
icon Posted: 06 March 2020 [08:03 PM]

For months, establishment and center-left Democrats faced a seemingly intractable problem. Moderate and establishment-friendly candidates were staying in the race, each hoping for the opportunity to try to beat Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in a one-on-one primary fight. But by…

Health Care susprises are painful
icon Posted: 06 March 2020 [08:00 PM]

For almost a year, politicians in Washington have talked about the need to fix the problem of surprise medical billing. But, per usual, they haven’t done anything about it. It shouldn’t be this hard. To review: the bidding -…

Wednesday 03/04/2020
Erasing criminal records will mock many victims
icon Posted: 04 March 2020 [07:48 PM]

From California to Connecticut the political left is purporting to believe that the failure of former offenders to reintegrate fully into society is caused by the stigma of their criminal records. This is mistaken. Instead the problem is mainly the…

Sunday 03/01/2020
MAYOR'S COLUMN: Why the Census matters to Bristol
icon Posted: 01 March 2020 [08:26 PM]

March marks the kick-off of the city encouraging all of its residents to answer the census to ensure we have a complete count. Obtaining a full, fair, and accurate count of everyone is essential for representation and federal funding. Invitations…

Friday 02/28/2020
THEIR VIEW: Raising 'red flag' concerns
icon Posted: 28 February 2020 [07:33 PM]

So-called “red flag” laws have been suggested by some as at least a partial answer to keeping firearms away from those who might use them to harm themselves or others. But experiences in Florida, which has had such a statute…

Major League Baseball's Manfred strikes out
icon Posted: 28 February 2020 [07:31 PM]

By The Washington Times If Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred hated baseball and wanted to destroy it, he wouldn’t be acting any differently. America’s pastime needs new leadership, stat. Begin with Mr. Manfred’s pathetic reaction to the…

THEIR VIEW: Blago is out of prison and still gaming the system
icon Posted: 28 February 2020 [07:30 PM]

By The (Moline) Dispatch & The Rock Island Argus Nobody should have been surprised when Rod Blagojevich called himself a victim and a “political prisoner” last week. Blagojevich never was very good at telling the truth. He is…

Could Sanders turn Jews into Trump supporters?
icon Posted: 28 February 2020 [07:27 PM]

This is a scary moment for centrist and pro-Israel Democrats. Sen. Bernie Sanders’s overwhelming victory in the Nevada caucuses, coupled with the disastrous debut of Michael Bloomberg in last week’s Las Vegas debate, has forced the party’s establishment to confront…

Thursday 02/27/2020
THEIR VIEW: Florida is 'charging people for the right to vote'
icon Posted: 27 February 2020 [07:42 PM]

Florida punishes people who are unable to pay fines and fees by taking away their driver’s licenses, making it even harder for them to hold jobs that allow them to repay those debts. More than 2 million Floridians - or…

THEIR VIEW: 3-day waiting period to buy a gun is reasonable
icon Posted: 27 February 2020 [07:39 PM]

The New Hampshire House of Representatives this week passed legislation that would impose a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm. Last year, a similar bill was vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The difference with this…

YOUR VIEW: Fur manufacturing should be banned
icon Posted: 27 February 2020 [07:37 PM]

To The Editor: The fur industry is cruel and unnecessary. Readers should contact their state legislators and urge them to support a ban on fur manufacturing and sales in Connecticut - similar to the one recently passed in California. For…

Coronavirus frightened markets, not the Fed
icon Posted: 27 February 2020 [07:34 PM]

The U.S. equity market finally is taking notice of the coronavirus, which now is spreading from China to other countries and increasing the risk of a shock that could cause a U.S. recession. So what are the implications for the…

Wednesday 02/26/2020
THEIR VIEW: No room for hate
icon Posted: 26 February 2020 [08:02 PM]

This country waged a civil war over slavery in the mid-19th century. It struggled with the advancement of civil rights for all people, regardless of race and religion, in the 20th century. The fight for equality has been going on…

CHRIS POWELL: Less war means fewer jets and tanks and submarines
icon Posted: 26 February 2020 [08:00 PM]

Columnist Connecticut’s members of Congress, all Democrats, are upset - some almost apoplectic - about President Trump’s using his emergency power to divert military appropriations away from nuclear submarine and jet-fighter procurement to help finance the wall he is having…

GUEST COMMENTARY: CCARC disappointed by low legislator turnout
icon Posted: 26 February 2020 [07:56 PM]

On Friday, February 21, 2020 CCARC hosted its annual Legislative Breakfast in partnership with a dozen community non-profits, including Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA). The New Britain Herald’s coverage of this important event aptly portrays the abysmal reality Connecticut…

Tuesday 02/25/2020
YOUR VIEW: Democratic Town Committee commends Supt. Sarra
icon Posted: 25 February 2020 [09:01 PM]

By To The Editor: An open letter to New Britain School Superintendent Nancy Sarra: The New Britain Democratic Town Committee has been drawn into the controversy over Mayor Stewart’s inappropriate actions regarding the application…

Monday 02/24/2020
YOUR VIEW: Give the ADA projects some funding
icon Posted: 24 February 2020 [08:54 PM]

To The Editor: I was unable to attend the last CIP meeting, but I have been actively involved in the Newington Parks and Recreation Department’s budget process to date. As a long time member and past chairman of the Newington…

YOUR VIEW: GOP plan on infrastructure is right path
icon Posted: 24 February 2020 [08:51 PM]

To the Editor: At the recent public hearing regarding the latest tolls bill, LCO 373, Sal Luciano, President of the Connecticut AFL/CIO testified that he was in favor of the bill because it represented an important investment in the infrastructure…

Pate Buttagieg's bad immigration proposal
icon Posted: 24 February 2020 [08:49 PM]

Pete Buttigieg, one of the surviving Democratic presidential candidates, goes from up to down to sideways in his pursuit of the elusive 2020 nomination. The former South Bend mayor was up in Iowa and New Hampshire but is struggling in…

Friday 02/21/2020
PETER FUNT: Sooner or later, Klobuchar will take the prize
icon Posted: 21 February 2020 [07:10 PM]

Columnist Amy Klobuchar’s results in Nevada, Feb. 22, and South Carolina, Feb. 29, will likely be more modest than her surprisingly strong finishes in New Hampshire and Iowa. Yet, the senior senator from Minnesota might have the best chance of…

Winds of Mideast change worth remembering at the ballot box
icon Posted: 21 February 2020 [07:08 PM]

The significance of two events that have been upstaged this week by the Hebrew media’s incessant coronavirus coverage cannot be overemphasized-particularly with the fast approach of the March 2 Knesset elections. One was the rejection of an appeal by an…

Thursday 02/20/2020
THEIR VIEW: Start-ups boost the economy
icon Posted: 20 February 2020 [08:05 PM]

The business climate of our region is transforming. Organizations like Valley Venture Mentors (VMM) and TechSpring have been instrumental in developing a culture of collaboration that will build a foundation of support in entrepreneurship that will last for years to…

Why Trump is letting a corrupt Democrat out of prison
icon Posted: 20 February 2020 [08:02 PM]

“I’ve got this thing, and it’s f---ing golden,” said then-Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois in 2008, referring to his ability to fill the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama. “And I’m just not giving it up for f---ing nothing.” We…

Wednesday 02/19/2020
THEIR VIEW: Achievement gap endures
icon Posted: 19 February 2020 [08:04 PM]

Another legislative session is already producing more prattle about the “achievement gap” between white and minority students in Connecticut’s public schools. Last week Sen. Douglas McCrory, D-Hartford, Senate chairman of the General Assembly’s Education Committee, called it “a sin” that…

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