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POWELL: Lamont has earned a break; and prevent big bank merger

By CHRIS POWELL Everyone is entitled to be sick and tired of the virus epidemic, and no one is more entitled than Governor Lamont, whose administration has been consumed by it. Most people were happy with the administration's handling of…

icon Posted: 26 February 2021 [08:59 PM]

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Wednesday 02/24/2021
POWELL: Abolish government pensions; and don't close the prisons
icon Posted: 24 February 2021 [04:07 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Connecticut should prohibit pensions for state and municipal government employees, not because they are bad people or especially undeserving but for several solid policy reasons. First, most of the taxpayers who pay for those pensions don't enjoy…

Monday 02/22/2021
POWELL: State shouldn't push weed; and housing can't be a right
icon Posted: 22 February 2021 [07:49 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Does recognizing that the "war on drugs" is a failure and that people are entitled to be left alone in their personal lives require not just legalizing marijuana and taxing it heavily but also putting state government…

Friday 02/19/2021
POWELL: Wealthy should pay more, but in federal taxes, not state
icon Posted: 19 February 2021 [09:11 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Having just gotten big raises amid an economic depression with horrible unemployment in Connecticut, the state employee unions have proclaimed that they won’t consent to Governor Lamont’s budget proposal to freeze state employee salaries for a while.…

Thursday 02/18/2021
Wednesday 02/17/2021
POWELL: Great Connecticut journalist leaves a legacy of justice
icon Posted: 17 February 2021 [09:22 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Without taking much notice, Connecticut lost a hero of journalism and justice the other day: Donald S. Connery, 94, who lived in Kent for almost 60 years even as he traveled and reported from around the world…

Monday 02/15/2021
POWELL: Governor's budget scorned most by fellow Democrats
icon Posted: 15 February 2021 [07:46 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Since Governor Lamont mused the other day that he has rather enjoyed being able to rule by decree for the past year without having to bother with the General Assembly, maybe it's not so surprising that most…

Friday 02/12/2021
POWELL: Teachers of your memories aren't necessarily today's
icon Posted: 12 February 2021 [09:02 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Nearly everyone will forever remember some admired or even beloved teachers whose insight, enthusiasm, and caring pointed students in the right direction. Of course there were and are some mediocre, incompetent, and even malicious teachers too, but…

Wednesday 02/10/2021
POWELL: Washington had no 'coup' but Connecticut had one
icon Posted: 10 February 2021 [09:14 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Democrats ran against Herbert Hoover for 20 years after 1932. Now they seem to be planning to run against Donald Trump for another 20. The Democrats' second attempt to impeach the former president even though he has…

Monday 02/08/2021
POWELL: Legislative Dems plotting to bypass Lamont on taxes
icon Posted: 08 February 2021 [09:06 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL With Governor Lamont discouraging "broad-based" tax increases, many fellow Democrats in the General Assembly are planning to raise taxes around the edges. Most industrious may be Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney of New Haven. Looney…

Friday 02/05/2021
POWELL: To defeat exclusive zoning, stop failing with poverty
icon Posted: 05 February 2021 [09:14 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Maybe Connecticut should be grateful to the Desegregate CT organization for having just provided a map detailing how local zoning regulations make it almost impossible to build multifamily housing in most of the state. But didn't nearly…

Wednesday 02/03/2021
POWELL: Schools fail with the basics but legislators say: Add sex
icon Posted: 03 February 2021 [08:55 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL From the legislation they have placed before the General Assembly's Education Committee, you might think that state Reps. Jeffrey A. Currey, D-East Hartford, Jillian Gilchrest, D-West Hartford, and Nicole Klarides-Ditria, R-Seymour, just awoke from long comas. Their…

Monday 02/01/2021
POWELL: Student loan debt problem is vanity of college itself
icon Posted: 01 February 2021 [08:24 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL President Biden's new education secretary, Miguel Cardona, lately Connecticut's education commissioner, says he will give priority to the issue of college loan debt. About 45 million U.S. residents, nearly 14 percent of the population, owe an estimated…

Sunday 01/31/2021
Wednesday 01/27/2021
YOUR VIEW: Powell's views in his columns are troubling
icon Posted: 27 January 2021 [08:57 PM]

By JOHN DUBE To the Editor: We hear a lot from Chris Powell (usually without identification) these days in the Opinion section of the Bristol Press. But I’m puzzled as to why that is after reading his cavalier dismissal…

POWELL: No one dares to answer for disaster of state's cities
icon Posted: 27 January 2021 [08:51 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Nearly everyone in Connecticut knows that its capital city, Hartford, is a mess, and that its largest city, Bridgeport, is too. Yet for saying so about Hartford in an essay in The Wall Street Journal on New…

Monday 01/25/2021
POWELL: Biden's cosmic hypocrisy; UConn health's ironic ads
icon Posted: 25 January 2021 [05:14 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL At least President Biden has some sense of his high office, knows how to behave in public, and unlike his predecessor, Donald Trump, is not likely to become a cosmic embarrassment on account of his demeanor. No,…

Tuesday 01/19/2021
POWELL: Democrats may make sure Republican Party survives
icon Posted: 19 January 2021 [07:33 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL As he skips the inauguration of his successor and shuffles off to his resort in Florida, has Donald Trump destroyed the Republican Party? Some political observers think so and of course Democrats hope so. Trump's petulant and…

Monday 01/18/2021
POWELL: Early pension is $117,000; and new hidden tax coming
icon Posted: 18 January 2021 [08:46 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Last week this column examined the government pension racket in Connecticut through the example of the "retirement" of New Haven Police Chief Tony Reyes, who is only 49 and is giving up his city salary of $170,000…

Wednesday 01/13/2021
POWELL: New Haven chief 'retires' at 49 to pension bonanza
icon Posted: 13 January 2021 [08:49 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Everyone agrees that Tony Reyes has been a great police chief in New Haven, having been appointed in March 2019 after nearly two decades of rising through the ranks of the police department. But the city will…

Monday 01/11/2021
POWELL: Connecticut just postures when it calls poverty racism
icon Posted: 11 January 2021 [04:30 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Does any state do more posturing against racism than Connecticut does only to get such meager results? A week ago West Haven's City Council joined the 19 other municipalities in the state that have declared racism a…

Wednesday 01/06/2021
POWELL: Stefanowski gets specific and Democrats freak out
icon Posted: 06 January 2021 [08:46 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL When Bob Stefanowski was the Republican nominee for governor two years ago, he was mocked by Democrats for being light on the issues - for advocating repeal of the state income tax without specifying how to reduce…

Monday 01/04/2021
POWELL: Legislators now must share authority during epidemic
icon Posted: 04 January 2021 [08:55 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL After a cowardly absence of nine months, the General Assembly reconvenes this week. Though legislators may not recognize it, the first question facing them is whether their new session is to be one of substance or merely…

Sunday 01/03/2021
Friday 01/01/2021
POWELL: Looting by parent company took Courant's home away
icon Posted: 01 January 2021 [08:51 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Employees of Connecticut's largest newspaper, the Hartford Courant, cleaned out their desks the other day as the newspaper left the building at 285 Broad St. where it had operated for 70 years. It was well reported that…

Wednesday 12/30/2020
POWELL: Cardona's qualifications are what he is and what he isn't
icon Posted: 30 December 2020 [08:37 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Many in Connecticut, including most of its news organizations, are gushing about President-elect Joe Biden's choice of state Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, a Meriden native, to be secretary of the U.S. Education Department. News reports say the…

Wednesday 12/23/2020
POWELL: It's a wonderful life - and a political one
icon Posted: 23 December 2020 [08:52 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Frank Capra's 1946 film, "It's a Wonderful Life," to be broadcast again tonight at 8 by NBC television, is loved most for its personal message of discovery at Christmas: that its hero's life has been, unbeknownst to…

Tuesday 12/22/2020
POWELL: Abolish the 'doctor' racket; and 'when beggars die ...'
icon Posted: 22 December 2020 [07:43 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Legions of the politically correct are insisting that President-elect Joe Biden's wife, Jill, be given the honorific title "Doctor" because she holds a doctorate degree in education, which she received largely on the basis of a mediocre…

Monday 12/21/2020
POWELL: Snow obsession isn't news; more taxes aren't 'reform'
icon Posted: 21 December 2020 [08:43 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Government in Connecticut is often mediocre but it usually excels at clearing the roads during and after a snowstorm like last week's. Maybe this is because while some failures are easily overlooked or concealed, there is no…

Sunday 12/20/2020
POWELL: Layoff authority next July won't scare state unions
icon Posted: 20 December 2020 [08:13 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL While the master state government employee union contract's ban on layoffs expires next July, no serious changes in personnel management that might favor the public can be expected. There are two reasons for this. First, the remainder…

Wednesday 12/16/2020
POWELL: Desperately poor New Haven remains rich in P.C. posturing
icon Posted: 16 December 2020 [06:57 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Back when children attended school in Connecticut, before administration was forfeited to the teacher unions, and the kids had their first lessons about government, they were taught the division of responsibility. That is, the federal government is…

Monday 12/14/2020
POWELL: State's tax, school policies produce 40 years of failure
icon Posted: 14 December 2020 [08:15 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Now that the Democratic majorities in the General Assembly are increasing as a result of last month's election, visions of sugarplums dance again in the heads of those who think that "property tax reform" and spending more…

Friday 12/11/2020
POWELL: Connecticut's big problem isn't higher but lower ed
icon Posted: 11 December 2020 [08:46 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL As was inscribed on the pedestal of the statue of college founder Emil Faber in the movie "Animal House," "Knowledge is good." But knowledge can be overpriced, as the growing clamor about college student loan forgiveness soon…

Wednesday 12/09/2020
With journalism faltering, Courant prepares for sale
icon Posted: 09 December 2020 [08:27 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL America's oldest continuously published newspaper is now the country's newest paper without an office of its own. The Hartford Courant announced last week that it is terminating its lease on the building it has occupied for 70…

Monday 12/07/2020
POWELL: Raising gas tax protects all that's wrong in government
icon Posted: 07 December 2020 [09:00 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Having been there, done that, and gotten a T-shirt reading "My Party Abandoned Me," Governor Lamont seems to have given up on imposing tolls on Connecticut highways to fortify the state's transportation infrastructure. But having just increased…

Sunday 12/06/2020
POWELL: State just has to tough it out and empty trains won't help
icon Posted: 06 December 2020 [07:55 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL While Governor Lamont remarked the other day that state government doesn't have enough money to rescue every business suffering from the virus epidemic and the curtailment of commerce, most people think the federal government has infinite money…

Monday 11/30/2020
POWELL: Marijuana legislation suggests House Dems are already high
icon Posted: 30 November 2020 [08:47 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL With Connecticut sure to struggle with the virus epidemic for many more months and state government sinking deeper into the financial disaster caused by the epidemic and government's response to it, it is amazing that the most…

Friday 11/27/2020
POWELL: Housing lawsuit distracts; and Osten's trivial pander
icon Posted: 27 November 2020 [08:41 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Many people want to get out of Hartford, just as many people already have gotten out, the city having lost a third of its population since 1950. The problem for the people who still want to get…

Wednesday 11/25/2020
POWELL: Overlooked telling details invite virus policy rethink
icon Posted: 25 November 2020 [08:01 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Amid the growing panic fanned by news organizations about the rebound in the virus epidemic, last week's telling details were largely overlooked. First, most of the recent "virus-associated" deaths in Connecticut again have been those of frail…

Monday 11/23/2020
POWELL: Censoriousness veers left; and Senator Murphy's Vietnam
icon Posted: 23 November 2020 [07:59 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Not so long ago censoriousness was a phenomenon of the political right. Mere liberals were called communists and spies and drummed out of their jobs. The political right sought to ban books and writers as subversive or…

Sunday 11/22/2020
POWELL: Even hospital capacity can't be state's primary objective
icon Posted: 22 November 2020 [09:14 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Maybe it will turn out to be only a fluke, but amid the renewed panic about the virus epidemic there is some interesting detail in the monthly death statistics of the state Department of Public Health. In…

Wednesday 11/18/2020
POWELL: Underneath the epidemic, economic disaster for state
icon Posted: 18 November 2020 [04:39 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL His handling of the virus epidemic has doubled Governor Lamont's public approval rating, giving him more fans than detractors. But judging from recent developments that are being overshadowed by the epidemic, the governor could be forgiven if…

Monday 11/16/2020
POWELL: Why should public cheer next education secretary?
icon Posted: 16 November 2020 [08:36 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Many teachers around the country are cheering the forthcoming change in national administration  because Betsy DeVos will be replaced as secretary of the U.S. Education Department. DeVos, an heiress and philanthropist, has been a fan of charter…

Thursday 11/12/2020
POWELL: 'Take back our grid'? That will be the day
icon Posted: 12 November 2020 [08:13 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL After the supposedly slow response by Eversource Energy and United Illuminating to the widespread electricity outages in Connecticut caused by the tropical storm in August, there were calls for state government to take over the electricity distribution…

Tuesday 11/10/2020
POWELL: Too much voting by mail risks integrity of elections
icon Posted: 10 November 2020 [04:28 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL After warning that the U.S. Postal Service might sabotage the vast increase in voting by mail for last week's national election, leading Democrats in Connecticut are renewing their calls for allowing everyone to vote by mail just…

Sunday 11/08/2020
POWELL: Serious cases, not tests, should measure epidemic
icon Posted: 08 November 2020 [07:35 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Everybody in Connecticut is tired of the virus epidemic, and no one is more entitled to be tired of it than Governor Lamont. It has devastated the finances of state government, commandeered its management, crippled education at…

Tuesday 11/03/2020
POWELL: 'Connecticut commitment' isn't for poor college kids
icon Posted: 03 November 2020 [09:01 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL When he was inaugurated as president of the University of Connecticut a year ago, Thomas C. Katsouleas made a grand gesture. He said that henceforth the university would waive tuition for new students from families with annual…

Monday 11/02/2020
POWELL: Politics gets more corrupt and takes journalism along
icon Posted: 02 November 2020 [07:51 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL For four years any disparaging story about President Trump has been touted by national news organizations even if its source was anonymous. Of course given his business record and character it is easy to believe almost any…

Sunday 11/01/2020