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OUR VIEW: Ghost guns: How can we prevent against them?

It’s a little bit like whack a mole, though far more deadly. Whack a mole is, of course, a game in which players use a mallet to hit toy moles, which appear - and disappear - at random, back into…

icon Posted: 17 November 2017 [09:56 PM]

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Friday 11/17/2017
JIM HIGHTOWER: One monstrosity The Donald won't want his name on
icon Posted: 17 November 2017 [09:52 PM]

If you’ve been to any of the cities graced with a Trump hotel, casino, or resort, you know that The Donald splashes his name in giant, gaudy letters across every structure he owns - preferably in gold. Now he’s taken…

Yet another needless tragedy
icon Posted: 17 November 2017 [09:50 PM]

So inured has this country become to mass shootings that when another person with a semiautomatic weapon goes on a rampage, we’re conditioned to focus on reactions, rather than root causes. In the case of an incident in Northern…

Connecting mass shooters and domestic violence
icon Posted: 17 November 2017 [09:49 PM]

The Washington Post “No one wants to listen when it’s time to listen.” That’s what Mildred Muhammad says quietly to herself every time another mass shooting makes news. And she waits, and it often comes. The connection. Domestic violence. If…

Thursday 11/16/2017
OUR VIEW: Another step toward ensuring a valid vote
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:51 PM]

It may seem like a pain but an audit of the election just past is one of the necessary protections for our democratic system. We learned this week that Bristol’s Chippens Hill Middle School was selected in a random drawing…

GOP tax plans mock conservative precepts
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

Republicans claim allegiance to two conservative principles supposedly at the heart of their key legislative initiatives. One is opposition to double taxation, the core of their case to repeal the estate tax. The other is that state and local governments…

Who will stand up to recklessness?
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

WASHINGTON - The GOP bill that should be called the Cut Taxes on President Trump and Other Very Rich People Act of 2017 always had a secondary purpose: to jack up the deficit so Republicans could later cry out in…

Yet another needless tragedy
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

So inured has this country become to mass shootings that when another person with a semiautomatic weapon goes on a rampage, we’re conditioned to focus on reactions, rather than root causes. In the case of an incident in Northern California…

Wednesday 11/15/2017
Our View: All they're asking for is a turkey and a donation
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:49 PM]

Perhaps because the warm weather lasted into November (and no one is complaining about that!), the holidays seem to be taking us by surprise. Next week is Thanksgiving and suddenly we’re all scrambling to get ready. In fact, one can’t-miss…

Students lose the most from DeVos' deregulations
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:46 PM]

BLOOMBERG View Under President Barack Obama, the government took steps to impose greater accountability on the for-profit education industry and protect students from predatory schools. The policy is both just and cost-effective: For-profit schools saddle students with more…

Fox's Shepherd Smith debunks his network's Clinton 'scandal' story
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:44 PM]

Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium “scandal,” infuriating Fox viewers, some of whom suggested that he ought go work for CNN or MSNBC. Smith’s critique, which called President Donald Trump’s…

Russia passes law targeting foreign media as 'foreign agents'
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:42 PM]

MOSCOW - The Russian State Duma voted 414-0 on Wednesday to pass legislation allowing authorities to force any foreign media organization to register as a “foreign agent” under penalty of fines or a possible ban on operations in Russia. The…

Your View: Stay involved in the community, says candidate
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:38 PM]

To the Editor: I want to be the first to say it was worth the fight whether you win or lose. New Britain people should be very happy about every candidate’s efforts to bring something to them to think about.…

Your View: City is lucky to host New Britain Symphony conductor Sener
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:37 PM]

To the Editor: On Nov. 2, Maestro Ertan Sener, conductor for the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, came to deliver an inspiring talk to the orchestration class I teach at Central Connecticut State University about the upcoming concert on Nov. 5.…

Tuesday 11/14/2017
This part of the GOP tax bill proves what it's really about
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:42 PM]

Republicans insist that their tax reform is designed to help the middle class and curb the use of tax loopholes. But a little-discussed provision tells a different story. That provision is the repeal of the alternative minimum tax, which would…

Trump's plan for domestic terror is MIA
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:42 PM]

In the wake of the Oct. 31 terrorist attack in New York City, it’s clear that time has run out for the Trump administration to develop, articulate and implement a real strategy to deal with domestic radicalization. Due to politics,…

Confessions of a baseball fan
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:41 PM]

I’ve been a Red Sox fan for as long as I can remember. The months from April to October always bring me great joy, with the opportunity to study and follow a team I get to know very well.…

OUR VIEW: Giving children the tools they need to feel safe
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:40 PM]

Something important happened at West Bristol K-8 School this week. On Tuesday, Bristol Press reporter Susan Corica told us that the school was giving children as young as 5 the tools to handle bullies - both those who attempt to…

Monday 11/13/2017
Our View: The voting is over; now it's time to come together
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:52 PM]

The headline in Monday’s Bristol Press caught our eye. It read: Plymouth mayor urges community to work together. The campaign in that town, like so many others this year, had been divisive and, in some cases, deliberately hurtful. All…

E.J. Dionne: Trump's real constituency: The super-rich
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:51 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - The focus on President Trump’s political strength among white working-class voters distracts from a truth that may be more important: His rise depended on support from rich conservatives, and his program serves the interests of those who…

Granddaddy's Secrets: Parenting tips from the No. 1 program in the world!
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:49 PM]

Columnist According to research, the Triple P- Positive Parenting Program is the United Nations top-ranked parenting program. Triple P is supported by more than 30 years of research and has helped millions of families worldwide. The help centers around five…

Trump says tax plan would make him a 'big loser.' Prove it
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:48 PM]

Rustling up votes for the GOP tax plan, President Donald Trump on Tuesday reportedly assured Senate Democrats that he would not personally benefit from the proposal. In fact, he insisted, his accountant told him he will be a “big loser”…

Your View: Reader takes issue with letter writer's viewpoint
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:43 PM]

To the Editor: Wednesday’s Herald (11/8/17) carried a letter from one Faithe Gregory of Tunxis Community College. This letter was one of the more ridiculous letters I have ever seen. The writer boasts that as a college representative she…

Sunday 11/12/2017
OUR VIEW: Father's not responsible for actions of son
icon Posted: 12 November 2017 [09:12 PM]

Last week, a local baseball fan proposed renaming Paul Manafort Drive, a street that had been given that name to honor a former mayor. The fan’s hope was to honor World Series baseball hero George Springer, a New Britain native…

Trump is the lapdog of China's Xi
icon Posted: 12 November 2017 [09:10 PM]

“The two-day trip was orchestrated to project the image of remote and absolute power that [Chinese President] Xi enjoys and [President] Trump admires. There were no protests, no questions from the press, no ordinary people - nothing but pleasantries and…

Republicans, polar bears and pedophiles, oh my!
icon Posted: 12 November 2017 [09:07 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore didn’t do what he’s…

Saturday 11/11/2017
Our View: Will men in power finally be held accountable?
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

It may an exaggeration to say that every woman who has ever worked for a living has encountered some form of sexual harassment - but only slightly. So, for most, the only surprise in the latest barrage of…

E.J. Dionne: Voters yearn for an end to the Trump era
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Tuesday’s Democratic sweep obliterated a series of outdated story lines in American politics and opened a new era. Forget those repetitious tales about some piece of President Trump’s base still sticking with him. It’s now clear, from…

Chris Powell: Whitewash by state police in fabricated charges scheme
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:48 PM]

Columnist Michael Picard is a provocateur in support of gun rights and opposition to drunken-driving checkpoints. Whatever people think of his politics, he has acted within the law, as he did one night in September 2015, when, standing near an…

Michael Reagan: Don't be fooled by the fake news from Virginia
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:47 PM]

Columnist Will someone please throw an ocean of ice water on the Pelosi-Schumer-MSM axis of evil? Their ecstasy over the results in Virginia’s election returns Tuesday night shows how desperate the Democrats are for any sign of hope that their…

The candidacy of Roy Moore is another GOP calamity
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:45 PM]

By Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post’s blockbuster article on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, the twice-booted judge whose incendiary rhetoric on gays and Muslims spurred a handful of elected Republicans to refuse to back him, found Moore allegedly engaged…

Friday 11/10/2017
Our View: Celebrate those who truly made our country great
icon Posted: 10 November 2017 [07:21 PM]

Today we observe Veterans Day, a once-a-year event when we celebrate the men and women who serve and protect our country with ceremonies and discounts at participating restaurants. Yes, there are many who would try to co-opt this special day…

Veterans Day by the numbers
icon Posted: 10 November 2017 [07:20 PM]

“I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces.” “Ah, yes, you refer to Veterans Day facts and figures shared by the U.S. Census Bureau. Did you know there are nearly 20…

Senate tax bill: What the middle class needs
icon Posted: 10 November 2017 [07:18 PM]

For too long, middle-class Americans have struggled with stagnant wages, sluggish labor markets and economic growth well below the historic average. Much of the economic stagnation stems from our nation’s broken tax code, which has become too big, too complex…

A chance on climate change
icon Posted: 10 November 2017 [07:17 PM]

THE Washington Post And then there was one. The Associated Press reports that, at a U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany, this week, Syrian representatives said their country will join the Paris climate agreement. That means every country on…

Thursday 11/09/2017
Our View: Immigrants have a role to play in our state
icon Posted: 09 November 2017 [10:52 PM]

We are proud to say that Connecticut residents have not, for the most part, joined in the anti-immigrant sentiment that seems to have a grip on many of President Donald Trump’s supporters. But, we learned recently, there’s a good…

Chris Powell: Sensible gun control starts by persuading gun owners
icon Posted: 09 November 2017 [07:31 PM]

Columnist Responding this week to the shooting massacre in Texas, President Trump made himself irrelevant to the problem by declaring that it wasn’t a gun problem, while other elected officials and political activists made themselves irrelevant by ranting again about…

Leaders vow: Puerto Rico, Congress hasn't forgotten you
icon Posted: 09 November 2017 [07:29 PM]

We recently led a bipartisan congressional delegation to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys to survey the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and to bear witness to the suffering of families and communities still…

Mueller has more questions to ask
icon Posted: 09 November 2017 [07:28 PM]

THE Washington Post For the past week, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates have been under house arrest following their indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller III. A campaign staffer with…

Wednesday 11/08/2017
OUR VIEW: Thank you to all who cared enough to run
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:49 PM]

Congratulations to all of Tuesday night’s election winners, and our sincere thanks to those who ran against them, allowing voters to exercise their right to participate in our democracy - a right that is not guaranteed in many other parts…

For some, fall means doing homework in the dark
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:48 PM]

For many people, fall is the best season of the year. The weather is cooler and there are brightly colored leaves on the trees, apples, pumpkin spice…and the kids are back in school! While being back in school can…

YOUR VIEW: City has new bloodhound, thanks to CPOA
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:47 PM]

By To the Editor: New Britain residents are fortunate to have the services of our Police Department and Chief James Wardwell, his staff and aggressive police service dogs for the safety of all our citizens. These trained…

One year ago, Trump was elected
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:43 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - ‘Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016. Donald Trump’s victory places last year as one of the most significant in modern American history. Not only did he change…

Northam's victory in Virginia
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:40 PM]

The triumph of Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in Virginia’s gubernatorial election Tuesday was a victory of decency, civility and moderation over fear, dread and barely veiled racist coding. The outcome reinforced what has become Virginia’s quintessential, if imperiled, idea…

Tuesday 11/07/2017
A quarter-century of sexual harassment, Bubba to Trump
icon Posted: 07 November 2017 [07:31 PM]

WASHINGTON - Twenty-five years ago on Nov. 3, 1992, William Jefferson Clinton was elected president of the United States - and Hillary Clinton is still trying to take his place. As historians and pundits recall his third-way presidency, another slice…

OUR VIEW: Thanksgiving holiday returns to what it was meant to be
icon Posted: 07 November 2017 [07:30 PM]

For decades, Thanksgiving was a day for family, and a time to be grateful for our loved ones, our nation and our freedoms - think Norman Rockwell. In recent years, however, many retailers opened their doors on this holiday, hoping…

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