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THEIR VIEW: Vaping is killing people

Editorial A suspicion that romaine or canteloupe or ground beef poses a threat to public health puts all hands on deck at restaurants and supermarkets to remove the suspect food. Get it off the market first and then ask questions.…

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Wednesday 09/18/2019
THEIR VIEW: FBI's Kavanaugh investigation was a sham
icon Posted: 18 September 2019 [03:13 PM]

Editorial In September 2018, as the battle over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court raged, then-Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del. struck a deal. Flake would delay confirming Kavanaugh until the FBI completed an…

YOUR VIEW: The rich and famous are not held accountable
icon Posted: 18 September 2019 [03:13 PM]

To The Editor: Only 14 days in jail, (for Felicity Huffman) what a joke! Just another example of how the rich and famous get away with anything and all they can because they have the money to pay off whatever…

Felicity Huffman's sentence is a good thing
icon Posted: 18 September 2019 [03:12 PM]

Special To The Washington Post On Friday, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani sentenced award-winning actress Felicity Huffman to two weeks in prison, a $30,000 fine and 250 hours of community service for her conviction for honest services fraud, specifically, paying…

YOUR VIEW: Stewart is a visionary leader
icon Posted: 18 September 2019 [03:12 PM]

To The Editor: I have owned a home in New Britain since 1990. I am amazed with the progress we are seeing in New Britain. Every where you look, from the Beehive Bridge, to our parks, Mayor Erin Stewart is…

The Electoral College flips elections more than we thought
icon Posted: 18 September 2019 [03:12 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Advocates for reforming the Electoral College will doubtless get a boost by a new and important paper by University of Texas economists Michael Geruso, Dean Spears and Ishaana Talesara. They find that in close presidential elections, the probability…

Tuesday 09/17/2019
THEIR VIEW: Some still defend Native American school mascots
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [08:29 PM]

Items that read “Skowhegan Indians” are still selling in town, the Morning Sentinel reported this week, as are shirts that say “Indian Outlaw” - an apparent reference to the state law passed earlier this year banning public schools from using…

GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Staying on the right path
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [08:26 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, how do I keep my children on the right path? Daria. Well, Daria, that’s a very good question. First, I would say to make sure you’re spending a lot of time with every one of your children. Please,…

Will McConnell listen to Corporate America on gun control?
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [08:20 PM]

Testimony from people who have lost family and friends to gun violence doesn’t seem to have much influenced Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Nor have the views of nearly 90 percent of Americans, who polls show favor sensible gun-control measures…

Keeping a clunker might no longer make much sense
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [08:18 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion It wasn’t long ago that there was talk about the automobile industry being in a slump that was tantamount to a recession. But that read didn’t take account for how consumers would respond to soaring costs for vehicle…

The price of Brett Kavanaugh's denials
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [08:15 PM]

The Washington Post During Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings last year, I remember thinking there was a better path for him than the shouting, conspiracy-peddling one he chose. I remember thinking he should have frankly addressed how much he’d drunk as…

Monday 09/16/2019
What Georgia's opposition needs from the West
icon Posted: 16 September 2019 [07:39 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion For the last seven years, the free world has been largely quiet as the Republic of Georgia has fallen under the sway of its wealthiest citizen, Bidzina Ivanishvili. There have been some warnings. Transparency International and other nongovernment…

End college legacy admissions
icon Posted: 16 September 2019 [07:39 PM]

For nearly a century, many American college and university admissions officers have given preferential treatment to the children of alumni. The policies originated in the 1920s, coinciding with an influx of Jewish and Catholic applicants to the country’s top schools.…

Time is running out
icon Posted: 16 September 2019 [07:37 PM]

The final week of October looms as a fateful moment for the institutions that defined the post-World War II era. One obvious reason is British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s aspirational Halloween deadline for his country’s departure from the European Union,…

Sunday 09/15/2019
Breaking away from Trump is not so easy
icon Posted: 15 September 2019 [07:38 PM]

Special To The Washington Post HILLSBORO, Ohio - I worked on Sen. Rob Portman’s staff in 2011 during his first nine months in the Senate and came to respect the Ohio Republican as a devoted family man who is…

Trump needs new Iran goals
icon Posted: 15 September 2019 [07:37 PM]

President Donald Trump seems to be setting the stage for renewed talks with Iran over its nuclear program, raising the prospect of easing U.S. sanctions in exchange for a meeting with the Iranian president. Unless he reconsiders his goals for…

America needs to help
icon Posted: 15 September 2019 [07:37 PM]

The Bahamas needs help. Hurricane Dorian hovered for about two days over the archipelago of islands a hop from Miami, causing massive damage yet to be calculated. Dorian clocked in as the second strongest Atlantic storm on record, with winds…

Friday 09/13/2019
THEIR VIEW: Bolton's departure was overdue
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [02:29 PM]

Editorial The departure of John Bolton as national security adviser on Tuesday - President Trump said he fired him, and Mr. Bolton maintained that he quit - was logical and overdue. A rigid ideologue, Mr. Bolton has a long record…

Vaping finally has its 'Joe Cool' moment
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [02:29 PM]

The Washington Post Christopher Columbus had been in the New World only a few days when he watched from the deck of his flagship as a native paddled toward him in a canoe laden with “some dried leaves, which…

THEIR VIEW: Number of uninsured up
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [02:28 PM]

Editorial The number of Americans without health insurance rose last year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, and Democrats say this justifies more government control. Yet the reality is more complicated - in particular, note that having a Medicaid card is…

Thursday 09/12/2019
It's time for Congress to protect our oceans from offshore drilling
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:48 PM]

Special To The Washington Post In 2017, the “Vineyard Wind 1” project off the coast of Massachusetts was submitted for federal approval to become the nation’s first major offshore wind project. Its 84 turbines could replace an estimated 1.6 million…

Bolton learns that Trump's not a listener
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:47 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Before calling it quits Tuesday with his national security adviser, John Bolton, President Donald Trump reportedly spent months phoning Bolton’s predecessor, H.R. McMaster, seeking advice. During those calls, NBC News noted, Trump told McMaster “that he missed him.”…

THEIR VIEW: Customers over constituents
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:47 PM]

Editorial As lawmakers do nothing, businesses adopt gun control measures If it seems like we just wrote about this a few weeks ago, it's because we did. Following the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton,…

THEIR VIEW: A flawed approach
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:46 PM]

Editorial He blew it by inviting Taliban to Camp David and not including Afghans in a peace deal. The process and product of President Donald Trump’s policy on Afghanistan is deeply flawed. Most of the focus is…

Wednesday 09/11/2019
Did Trump's misconduct help trigger a risky Russian spy extraction?
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:36 PM]

The Washington Post CNN spent a good chunk of Monday touting its exclusive story by chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto: that the United States in 2017 had pulled out “one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government.”…

Trump should be worried about the economy
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:36 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Not so long ago, the economy was President Donald Trump’s greatest strength. Now it is becoming his greatest liability. At the end of spring, the data were mostly strong but with some ominous signs for the president: A…

THEIR VIEW: A terrible precedent
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:34 PM]

Editorial President Donald Trump is going to get his wall on our nation’s border with Mexico -- or at least some sections of replacement fencing -- even if he has to stick it to the U.S. military to secure the…

Tuesday 09/10/2019
THEIR VIEW: Authoritarians' favorite new tactic
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [02:06 PM]

Editorial What’s a repressive government to do when the Internet gives protesters new ways to speak up? That’s easy: shut the whole thing down. The New York Times reports that more than a quarter of countries in the world have…

Democrats need a feisty fighter on climate change
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [02:03 PM]

Special To The Washington Post That CNN aired a seven-hour town hall last week on the climate crisis with 10 Democratic presidential candidates is a measure of the stunning sea change in the politics of climate change. In 2016, the…

On guns, Democrats know they have a winning issue
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [02:02 PM]

The Washington Post Democrats know they have a winning issue. When the entire country is convulsed by back-to-back massacres in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, and 90 percent or so of Americans favor an array of gun measures, they have…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: We need better education for boys
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [01:55 PM]

Granddaddy’s Secrets Dear Granddaddy, why have boys fallen behind girls in U.S. education? Macey. Well, Macey, I remember when I graduated from the University of Hartford in 1995. I was shocked by how outnumbered I was by the females. I…

THEIR VIEW: Layoff notice law in need of an upgrade
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [01:52 PM]

Editorial When a trio of Friendly’s restaurants vanished from the Connecticut landscape in the spring, it was easier to notice than when most companies vanish or downsize. Chances are, you hadn’t been to Friendly’s in a while (don’t blame yourself…

Monday 09/09/2019
THEIR VIEW: Corruption at UAW
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:32 PM]

Labor Day must have been grim this year at the headquarters of the United Auto Workers. Federal agents last week raided the homes of the union’s president, Gary Jones, and a former president. They haven’t been criminally charged, but it’s…

THEIR VIEW: The internet is doing fine
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:30 PM]

The phrase was opaque but vaguely appealing. Why would anyone want to repeal something called “net neutrality”? Neutral is inoffensive, right? So when the Federal Communications Commission debated whether to ditch the policy, many Americans joined in the energetic protests.…

Gerrymandering is a cancer state courts can't cure
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:28 PM]

By Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion It’s great news that the North Carolina Supreme Court struck down partisan gerrymandering under its state constitution. The ability of states to read their own constitutions differently from the federal constitution is part of what…

What centuries of history tell us about childlessness today
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:26 PM]

By Rachel Chrastil Special To The Washington Post In the 21st century, millions of women around the world will reach the age of 45 without having given birth. Some will experience infertility, others will choose childlessness early in life, and…

Sunday 09/08/2019
We need good civics education in all schools
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:49 PM]

The Washington Post It’s back-to-school time. Hoorah! Or perhaps not . . . It’s a tough few days. As one of my friends says, it’s like playing Time Tetris. Parents are asked to think about all kinds of things: What’s…

Conspiratorial thinking is the province of the far right
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:48 PM]

The Washington Post Arthur Brooks writes a compelling column for The Washington Post identifying the prevalence of conspiracy thinking in our politics, in particular “the propagation of conspiracy theories by elites themselves.” Now, while populism exists on the right…

THEIR VIEW: Fill the vacancies at the FEC
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:48 PM]

Editorial The United States is headed into what promises to be among the most contentious and expensive campaign cycles in modern history - with foreign and domestic actors eager to make mischief - without the chief elections cop on the…

THEIR VIEW: Rolling back the availability of guns
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:47 PM]

Editorial The spark for Walmart’s action is terrible: deadly shootings at two of its stores this summer, with 24 people slaughtered. Nonetheless, the giant retailer’s realization that “the status quo is unacceptable” should be applauded. Walmart will change its gun…

Friday 09/06/2019
THEIR VIEW: Hong Kong protestors say 'too little, too late'
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:37 PM]

Editorial The withdrawal of the extradition bill in Hong Kong could be seen as an effort to bring a semblance of calm to the city where tensions have hit breaking point. But the announcement is unlikely to end the protests…

THEIR VIEW: TSA needs accountability
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:34 PM]

Editorial In the post-9/11 universe, airline passengers have no choice but to subject themselves and their belongings to screening by agents of the Transportation Security Administration. Sometimes that process is intrusive; sometimes it's even worse than that. It is vital…

MAYOR'S COLUMN: The education of our students is a team effort
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:33 PM]

Mayor’s column I hope you enjoyed your summer! By the time you read this, students in the Consolidated School District of New Britain will be heading back to school for the start of new adventures. In my role as Mayor,…

We need backup plans for our backup plans
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:31 PM]

Special to The Washington Post What's your backup plan for when your backup plan is underwater? That's the question we're facing as Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the Eastern Seaboard. In its path are a string of military…

Four important things that U.S. workers need the most
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [02:29 PM]

Special To The Washington Post We are living through the most disruptive era since the Industrial Revolution. From lifesaving discoveries to green technologies to better ways to stay connected, the new economy's gains have been enormous. But, for too many…

Thursday 09/05/2019
THEIR VIEW: Texas needs gun control
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [02:01 PM]

Editorial Texas leaders who keep going through the motions of addressing mass shootings in this state without making significant changes should be ashamed. In the past two years, eight people were killed during a domestic dispute by a gunman…

E-cigarettes are not off the hook; regulation is needed
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [01:56 PM]

Special To The Washington Post A mysterious lung illness that appears to be associated with vaping has swept across the country over the past few months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the victims are…

Gun violence darkens life in America
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [01:55 PM]

The Washington Post Another slaughter in Texas, this time in Odessa, four hours east of El Paso, where 22 people lost their lives just four weeks prior. Together, the two death tolls contributed to an overall count of 53 killed…

THEIR VIEW: Britain's lose-lose situation
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [01:53 PM]

Editorial Boris Johnson's attempt to sideline the British Parliament in order to force through the country's exit from the European Union seemed on Wednesday to have blown up in his face. Confronted with the prime minister's imminent imposition of a…

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