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CHRIS POWELL: Democrats' silly obsessions bring back ticket balancing

CHRIS POWELL As recently as 50 years ago Connecticut politics still had traces of the old ethnic, racial, and religious resentments and rivalries that had arisen through the state's long history, resentments and rivalries that political party state tickets…

icon Posted: 27 May 2022 [09:00 PM]

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CHRIS POWELL: Enfield school chief conceals source of 'pizza sex' lesson
icon Posted: 20 May 2022 [08:21 PM]

CHRIS POWELL Four months after the now internationally infamous "pizza sex" assignment was given to eighth-graders at Kennedy Middle School in Enfield, the town's Board of Education has not yet figured out how it happened. Instead the board purportedly…

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icon Posted: 06 May 2022 [11:36 AM]

Friday Ficks Column The Facebook post sounded pretty urgent. It read, in part, that “I have an immediate need.” Immediate is usually…

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Lawmakers have opportunity to save public access televsion
icon Posted: 26 April 2022 [01:06 PM]

Joanie Wedler, Chuck Lewis and Franck Facchini Local public access TV, or public, educational and government access (“PEG”), has been in Connecticut for more than 40 years providing residents, municipalities, schools and community organizations with hyper-local programming…

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CHRIS POWELL: Many kids can't see well, and government can't see either
icon Posted: 15 April 2022 [08:02 PM]

Someday, if the governor and state legislators ever tire of coddling the state employee unions and if the president and Congress ever tire of coddling investment banks and military contractors, maybe they should note what happened recently at Silver Lane…

Friday 04/08/2022
CHRIS POWELL: Victory for repeat offenders; and nutty Indian mascot law
icon Posted: 08 April 2022 [09:11 PM]

Legislators of both parties in the General Assembly are congratulating themselves on the bipartisan juvenile justice bill that has come out of the Judiciary Committee, and well they should. For the legislation will do no more than provide the illusion…

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Cutting state taxes, revenue might revive true liberalism
icon Posted: 01 April 2022 [09:15 PM]

Everybody in state government seems to love this tax-cutting stuff -- first the temporary suspension of Connecticut's 25-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax, and then a week of lifting the sales tax on most clothing purchases. The public will love it too. But…

Friday 03/25/2022
YOUR VIEW: We need clean air ordinances now
icon Posted: 25 March 2022 [01:15 PM]

By Jodie Maro Bristol To the Editor: Bristol, Plainville and Southington, you need to use your voices. FACT: Many residents have signed the petition against the burning of medical waste at the Bristol incinerator. The City of Bristol…

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icon Posted: 18 March 2022 [10:31 AM]

Friday Ficks Tree. Swerve. Tree. Swerve again. A third tree. Swerve again. Oh shoot...too late. This was not a trifecta at the horse track, or…

Monday 03/14/2022
Rubin is wrong: There is no substitute for oil
icon Posted: 14 March 2022 [08:29 PM]

To the Editor: Re: Opinion by Jennifer Rubin. She is wrong on all points. From Day One of the Biden administration when the Keystone and oil exploration was killed. Soon afterwards gas prices began to rise and rise. Additionally, the…

The Green Light Letter of 1942
icon Posted: 14 March 2022 [01:22 PM]

Baseball at last. And please Mr. Commissioner, don’t bother apologizing to us fans. We want to watch ballgames, not union and management spokesmen explaining the still-unresolved international draft rules. To think that the owners actually threatened to…

Friday 03/11/2022
Reveal SEBAC deal right now, and study zoning override effects
icon Posted: 11 March 2022 [04:09 PM]

Journal Inquirer Announcing goodies for various municipalities and organizations lately, Governor Lamont has been using government money to win support for his re-election campaign, as any incumbent would. But all the goodies awarded so far don't come close to…

Wednesday 03/09/2022
CHRIS POWELL: 'Fairness in taxation' is a disguise for 'more'
icon Posted: 09 March 2022 [08:30 PM]

Liberal Democratic members of the General Assembly again are pursuing what they call fairness in taxation, their euphemism for state government's raising and spending a lot more money. Governor Lamont, a Democrat, opposes increasing taxes while state government has a…

Tuesday 03/08/2022
YOUR VIEW: Remembering Craig Yarde, the man
icon Posted: 08 March 2022 [09:02 PM]

Remembering Craig Yarde To the Editor: Craig Yarde – Husband, Father, Grandfather, Industrialist, Visionary, Inventor, Businessman, Comedian, Prankster and Benefactor The focus of what follows is my observation of Craig as a benefactor, albeit abbreviated. At some point, perhaps when…

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CHRIS POWELL: Enfield's lesson in pizza sex shows schools lack scrutiny
icon Posted: 22 February 2022 [04:15 PM]

Republican state legislators around the country are proposing to require public schools to post all curriculum materials on the internet as an accountability measure, and the other day they got powerful if inadvertent support from Enfield’s school system. Enfield’s school…

YOUR VIEW: Support our veterans and fix the roads
icon Posted: 22 February 2022 [04:14 PM]

To The Editor: Just wanted to comment on two Items. First, the support that CT gives to Veterans, especially the disabled veterans (a prorated system with a max of $10,000 value off their house taxes) is a disgrace. Even with…

Friday 02/18/2022
CHRIS POWELL: State budget office scandal isn't racism but corruption
icon Posted: 18 February 2022 [09:19 PM]

Nobody needs the federal investigation that is under way to grasp the basics of the racket that was being run from the state budget office – the Office of Policy and Management – by its deputy secretary, Konstantinos Diamantis, who…

friday-ficks-may-you-fly-like-an-eagle FRIDAY FICKS: May you fly like an eagle
icon Posted: 18 February 2022 [10:14 AM]

It materialized out of nowhere, moving just above the Farmington River, right alongside me.  And I knew what it meant...and who it was. …

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YOUR VIEW: Betts: Time for Lamont's emergency powers to end
icon Posted: 08 February 2022 [09:27 PM]

  Governor Lamont recently sent a letter to legislative leaders requesting an extension of 11 existing executive orders, which includes extending the mandatory mask mandate for certain individuals as well as school children until February 28, 2022.   At this moment,…

YOUR VIEW: Central CT Chambers supports Wheeler project
icon Posted: 08 February 2022 [09:26 PM]

To the Editor: Mayor Jeff Caggiano and Bristol City Councilors; The Central CT Chambers of Commerce is writing to you in support of the Wheeler Clinic Project. The Mission Statement of the Chamber is “Business Working Together to Promote Regional…

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