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THEIR VIEW: Mass shootings are now common in the U.S.

“Unfortunately, all of us have been standing here before.” That was Harford County (Maryland) Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler talking about the mass shooting Thursday morning at a warehouse in Aberdeen and the fact that the county had previously experienced other horrific…

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Monday 09/24/2018
JENNIFER RUBIN: More disturbing allegations against Kavanaugh
icon Posted: 24 September 2018 [07:37 PM]

The Washington Post On Sunday night, the dam seemed to break in the confirmation fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The duo of Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer (whose work helped bring down then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman)…

Hey, Facebook: Discrimination against hiring women was outlawed
icon Posted: 24 September 2018 [07:34 PM]

Discrimination against women in hiring was outlawed a half-century ago. But there was no Internet in 1964. Now, advanced technologies allow advertisers to target segments of the population based on their interests or characteristics. And Facebook is facing a complaint…

Abolishing the Second Amendment isn't wise
icon Posted: 24 September 2018 [07:32 PM]

The ongoing debate over guns in America has led some to vociferously call for abolishing the Second Amendment. That’s just not wise thinking. There are common-sense restrictions on guns that fall within the scope of the Second Amendment. So there’s…

YOUR VIEW: Balloon Festival costs the town too much
icon Posted: 24 September 2018 [07:30 PM]

To The Editor: Since I was concerned and interested in learning the cost to Plainville taxpayers for the services from our town departments concerning the balloon festival, I filed a freedom of information request. I asked for a separate bottom…

YOUR VIEW: Aresimowicz supports our veterans
icon Posted: 24 September 2018 [07:26 PM]

To the Editor: As a veteran and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs, I know firsthand how committed Joe Aresimowicz is to veterans. Not only has Joe’s involvement with veterans’ issues…

Sunday 09/23/2018
THEIR VIEW: Refugee police is a disgrace
icon Posted: 23 September 2018 [08:43 PM]

President Donald Trump’s decision to cut the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. hardly comes as a surprise. Even by this administration’s standards, however, the policy just announced is impressive in its heartlessness, cynicism and dishonesty. The current cap…

Bezos is what democracy needs
icon Posted: 23 September 2018 [08:41 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion The response to Jeff Bezos’s announcement of a $2 billion fund to create preschools and help homeless families has been muted if not skeptical. Some critics say that Bezos should give raises to Amazon workers first. Others argue…

Hurricane Florence isn't finished yet
icon Posted: 23 September 2018 [08:40 PM]

The Awshington Post PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- From dark and stormy to clear and breezy, the coastline that a million or so of us evacuated two weeks ago now looks like any other perfect day at the beach. The only…

He couldn't help it; Trump just had to slime Kavanaugh's accuser
icon Posted: 23 September 2018 [08:38 PM]

The biggest political story of this year’s elections may end up being that we all underestimated just how deeply alienated the female electorate might grow from President Donald Trump - and, possibly, the Republican Party as well. Friday, Trump finally…

Friday 09/21/2018
THEIR VIEW: A surprise nomination
icon Posted: 21 September 2018 [09:43 PM]

President Donald Trump’s planned nomination of Nellie Liang to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, which oversees everything from interest-rate policy to financial stability, is a little surprising. She’s admirably well-qualified and in every way a good choice. Trump hasn’t…

Dem majority in U.S. House might solve concrete mess
icon Posted: 21 September 2018 [09:42 PM]

At their two debates the candidates for governor offered nothing to homeowners in the northeastern part of the state whose home foundations are disintegrating because of faulty concrete. The candidates would like insurance companies, mortgage-holding banks, and the federal government…

What's the GOP's hurry with Brett Kavanaugh?
icon Posted: 21 September 2018 [09:41 PM]

WASHINGTON - For those insisting that Republican senators take Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh seriously, one aspect of the conversation is particularly infuriating: the notion that the timeline established by the GOP for completing this process is…

China's interference in U.S. politics is just beginning
icon Posted: 21 September 2018 [09:40 PM]

The Trump administration is publicly calling out China for attempting to influence U.S. politics ahead of the midterm elections. Privately, the U.S. government is looking past November as Beijing expands its already significant capability to interfere in American democracy over…

Thursday 09/20/2018
No to the National Park Service
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [09:10 PM]

The National Park Service has floated the idea of whether it should charge fees to groups that hold protests on the National Mall. The reason cited by officials for this possible change is the cost to the federal government of…

'Fort Trump' would set dangerous precedent
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [09:05 PM]

Polish President Andrzej Duda’s offer to call a military base “Fort Trump” if the U.S. agrees to set one up in his country was, of course, a joke - but not entirely. For Poland, President Donald Trump’s transactional approach to…

Making accusations against a powerful man isn't easy
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [09:04 PM]

It’s hard to publicly allege misconduct by a powerful man. No woman wants to be known primarily as a victim of harassment or, worse, assault. It’s humiliating. We - women who have gone public - are so much more than…

Are Trump's new tariffs against China a legitimate strategy?
icon Posted: 20 September 2018 [09:02 PM]

Following through on previous threats, President Donald Trump announced on Monday new tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China, in addition to levies previously imposed on $50 billion worth of goods. The taxes, which go into effect…

Wednesday 09/19/2018
THEIR VIEW: An abuse of power
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [08:51 PM]

President Donald Trump has demanded the immediate declassification of portions of an order allowing the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, text-message records from several of Trump’s chief whipping boys at the FBI and interview records with Bruce…

CHRIS POWELL: For Blumenthal, whatever can stop Kavanaugh is OK
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [08:49 PM]

Almost any accusation against a 17-year-old boy may be plausible. But plausibility is not fairness, even if fairness long ago lost any standing in this country’s politics, and there are big questions of fairness in the accusation by the college…

MICHAEL REAGAN: If it's anti-Trump, it must be fit to print
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [08:45 PM]

The stories of chaos, craziness and betrayal going on inside the Trump White House are nothing to worry much about. White House staffers attempting to influence, question or thwart a president’s ideas or goals are as old as George Washington,…

There is something everyone has forgotten about Manafort
icon Posted: 19 September 2018 [08:43 PM]

President Donald Trump’s defenders responded to the news of Paul Manafort’s plea deal on Friday with the usual refrain: His case has nothing to do with the Trump campaign or allegations that it colluded with Russia in 2016. They’re wrong.…

Monday 09/17/2018
THEIR VIEW: Beware the techlash
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:38 PM]

The Justice Department wants states to go after technology giants for antitrust violations. Or does it want states to go after companies for stifling free speech? It’s hard to tell from the department’s statement announcing it will convene a meeting…

CHRIS POWELL: Do you want more of the same in state government, or a change?
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:37 PM]

Columnist Running for governor, Democrat Ned Lamont faults Republican Bob Stefanowski for refusing to specify where he would cut state government spending to compensate for the enormous tax cutting Stefanowski implausibly pledges to do. The problem is that Lamont also…

Women are watching the Kavanaugh controversy closely
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:36 PM]

By Paul Waldman After the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings gave the country a window into workplace sexual harassment - and featured a committee composed entirely of white men skeptically questioning the African-American woman detailing what she suffered…

Believe it or not, there has been a bipartisan attempt at reform
icon Posted: 17 September 2018 [08:34 PM]

Terrified of alienating the activist bases of their respective parties, Democrats and Republicans in Congress rarely even try to compromise anymore. So it’s a welcome development that two members of the House of Representatives from different parties are willing to…

Sunday 09/16/2018
THEIR VIEW: Congress must act now
icon Posted: 16 September 2018 [07:41 PM]

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday promising to punish anyone attempting to meddle in U.S. elections, including with “measures that could be capable of devastating an interfering country’s economy,” according to an administration description. For a presidency marked…

Anonymous OpEd should be a wake-up call to Republicans
icon Posted: 16 September 2018 [07:41 PM]

The New York Times took the unusual step of publishing an anonymous OpEd, from a senior Trump administration official, which both painted a horrifying portrait of an impulsive, amoral president who “continues to act in a manner that is detrimental…

Not even die-hard Republicans trust Trump on Russia
icon Posted: 16 September 2018 [07:41 PM]

Illustrating the truism that once you’ve lost credibility it’s hard to get it back, Republicans joined with Democrats in dismissing President Donald Trump’s executive order on Russia as too little, too late. The Post reported: “The order would allow Trump…

GOP's cruelty toward the poor is paying dividends in suffering
icon Posted: 16 September 2018 [07:41 PM]

The most significant part of the Affordable Care Act, itself the most significant piece of social legislation passed in decades, was its expansion of Medicaid. The idea was that no one should go without health insurance because they can’t…

Friday 09/14/2018
THEIR VIEW: The one thing you won't see on a N.Y. bus or subway
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [07:29 PM]

Perhaps you’ve heard: Nike and Colin Kaepernick have teamed up to create a potent advertising campaign, a defiant political statement applauding the former NFL quarterback for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police killings of unarmed black men. You…

As Connecticut crumbles, Malloy places focus on climate change
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [07:29 PM]

Bad news has been piling up quickly in state government this month. Among the examples: A department head at the University of Connecticut at Storrs resigned after getting caught approving more than $100,000 in travel expenses and paid time off…

The grassroots revolt against Judge Brett Kavanaugh
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [06:53 PM]

PORTLAND, Maine - Exceptional dangers require exceptional and sometimes unusual responses. This was the spirit animating the volunteers at a phone bank Tuesday night in Portland. They were asking citizens to urge their state’s popular Republican senator, Susan Collins, to…

Trump didn't drain the swamp; supporters are starting to notice
icon Posted: 14 September 2018 [06:53 PM]

Here’s the thing about campaigning as an outsider, as Donald Trump did in 2016: If you win the election, you are the person in charge. You are expected to accomplish what you said you would do, or make a darn…

Thursday 09/13/2018
THEIR VIEW: U.S. hurricane response in Puerto Rico a failure
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:19 PM]

Among the most troubling of the many untruths advanced by President Donald Trump is his repeated insistence that the federal government did a good - indeed, a “tremendous” - job responding to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. A recent study…

YOUR VIEW: Gracious mayor handled situation well
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:17 PM]

To The Editor: On Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018 I attended the Global War on Terror Monument Dedication Ceremony at Central Park Plaza in New Britain. In the front row attending the ceremony was an elderly veteran proudly wearing his…

Back to school, back to lockdowns
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:14 PM]

Earlier this summer, Robert Runcie, the superintendent of schools in Broward County, Florida, sent a back-to-school message to the “families and community” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. His missive mentioned nothing about teachers or books or curriculum. Instead it…

Hurricanes have a connection to climate change
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:13 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion It may be human nature to want to assign blame for terrible events - and since climate change became part of public consciousness, it’s a frequently faulted for natural disasters. Is Hurricane Florence our fault for emitting climate-changing…

We never learned our financial lesson from Lehman crisis
icon Posted: 13 September 2018 [08:10 PM]

Ten years ago, amid a worsening subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. government did what few have dared: It allowed a major global investment bank, Lehman Brothers Holdings, to file for bankruptcy. Within days, the shock waves crippled the nation’s largest…

Wednesday 09/12/2018
THEIR VIEW: Many parents are saying no to tackle football for kids
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:35 PM]

Should children be allowed to play tackle football? With scientific studies showing a link between the sport and traumatic brain injuries that lead to lasting health problems, that question is being asked with more frequency and urgency across the country.…

The accusers of Les Moonves just kept stepping up
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:34 PM]

The Washington Post Charming. Accomplished. Visionary. And, if you believe the highly credible accusations, one more thing: abusive. The first three qualities of CBS chief executive Les Moonves seemed as though they would allow him to stay at the peak…

Like other black women, Serena was blamed for defending herself
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:31 PM]

Imagine being blamed for defending your integrity. Then understand that being attacked for speaking up is part of daily life for black women. See April Ryan, Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris, Susan Rice and Michelle Obama for a few examples of…

YOUR VIEW: Protect Our Watersheds did its job
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:30 PM]

To The Editor: A word of thanks is due. Recently, the mayor of New Britain announced that the City would no longer consider striking a deal with Tilcon, Inc. to destroy a valuable watershed vital to the region’s water needs.…

Cleveland Clinic has positive impact on economy
icon Posted: 12 September 2018 [07:28 PM]

The Cleveland Plain Dealer For the third year in a row, the Cleveland Clinic has been named the nation’s No. 2 hospital in U.S. News & World Report rankings. Its numerical score - based on 16 specialties…

Tuesday 09/11/2018
THEIR VIEW: Tough stance on liquor at some colleges
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:14 PM]

Colleges that have banned hard alcohol say the step has helped combat some of the most pernicious effects of campus drinking. They report less consumption, fewer alcohol-induced medical transports, hospitalizations and arrests, as well as a decrease in binge drinking…

YOUR VIEW: AARP campaign urges voter participation
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:11 PM]

By To The Editor: Do you know the biggest and most robust bloc of Connecticut voters are over the age of 50? Therefore, we have a voice and need to make sure we use it in…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: The new kid all over again
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:09 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, do you have any advice for a brand new freshman who is back at the bottom again? Damitrus - A ninth-grader Damitrus, first let me begin by saying that I’m pretty impressed with…

Consider civility vs. hysteria at Kavanaugh hearings
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:06 PM]

If you, like me, streamed 22 hours straight of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, you might have noticed something: It was often presented not so much as a fight between liberalism and conservatism, or even constitutional originalism vs. activism, but as…

Jimmy Carter's decency is a rare and wonderful thing
icon Posted: 11 September 2018 [09:04 PM]

The antithesis of Donald Trump and his administration can be studied, at least for those willing to drive 150 miles south from Atlanta, among magnolias, towering pines and seemingly endless fields of cotton, peanuts - and dreams. Jimmy and…

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