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E.J. DIONNE: The reality and the limits of Beto-mania

Column STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Whatever anyone says about Beto O’Rourke in the coming months, no one will ever accuse him of lacking enthusiasm. Here’s how the always-energetic, always-sunny presidential candidate in shirtsleeves and a ball cap began his speech…

icon Posted: 22 March 2019 [07:00 PM]

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Friday 03/22/2019
Democratic voters agree with Pelosi on impeachment
icon Posted: 22 March 2019 [06:58 PM]

Column We know Republicans will fight tooth and nail for President Donald Trump if Democrats try to impeach him. In somewhat of a surprise, however, one poll suggests that among the public, Democrats aren’t all that keen on the idea,…

We're about to find out how much pride is left in Congress
icon Posted: 22 March 2019 [06:57 PM]

Column Last week, the Senate followed the House and voted 59 to 41 to terminate President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border. That was a good day for our democracy. But exactly how much…

THEIR VIEW: No tunnel vision
icon Posted: 22 March 2019 [06:57 PM]

Editorial Perhaps President Donald Trump has a plan. Perhaps he knows exactly what he will do when the old, damaged Hudson River train tunnels fail - as experts fear and expect. When train traffic along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, the busiest…

Thursday 03/21/2019
Fox News host Tucker Carlson really shouldn't apologize
icon Posted: 21 March 2019 [05:42 PM]

Apologies are like diamonds: When they’re authentic, their value is incalculable. Lately, though, society has gotten used to the reflexive mea culpa, the one triggered not by a real sense of remorse but rather by the fear of being ostracized.…

Hey, Devin Nunes, don't have a cow over Twitter
icon Posted: 21 March 2019 [05:41 PM]

There is a Twitter account called “Devin Nunes’ cow” that has tweeted nasty things about Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. Evidently, the account is not actually run by a cow belonging to Nunes. Nunes is now suing his purported cow. Nunes…

YOUR VIEW: All of us should embrace diversity
icon Posted: 21 March 2019 [05:40 PM]

To The Editor: In his letter of Feb. 27 Peter Del Mastro says that the push for diversity hiring is based on something he calls “the concept of proportionality”. Wrong. Diversity hiring isn’t about making sure that…

YOUR VIEW: Infrastructure repairs needed now
icon Posted: 21 March 2019 [05:39 PM]

To The Editor: The matter of tolls has been a live issue since Republican Gov. Jodi Rell authorized a study of the issue years ago. From 2006 through 2010 I had the privilege to serve as the Senate Chair of…

Public's right to know
icon Posted: 21 March 2019 [05:38 PM]

What is your government doing on your dime? Can you tell? Do public officials want you to know, or would they prefer to keep you in the dark? What happened with that settlement money? Why did a young man commit…

Wednesday 03/20/2019
THEIR VIEW: A costly college lesson
icon Posted: 20 March 2019 [06:18 PM]

Editorial The explosion of student debt is a problem that some older Americans have trouble understanding, because there once was a time when students were actually able to pay their way through college by working part-time jobs while pursuing their…

Far-right extremism and ISIS are cut from the same cloth
icon Posted: 20 March 2019 [06:17 PM]

President of Turkey Fifty innocent people lost their lives in last week’s terrorist attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dozens of other Muslims, who had gathered at local mosques to perform the Friday prayer, survived the assault with injuries. There were…

Democrats have to decide what to do with Biden, Bernie
icon Posted: 20 March 2019 [06:16 PM]

The Post As Democrats sort through their huge field of candidates, they must first decide about the two old men, Joe and Bernie. The Sunshine Boys, Biden and Sanders. One’s a former vice president. The other’s the unlikely fellow who…

CHRIS POWELL: Paid leave plan is a luxury Connecticut cannot afford
icon Posted: 20 March 2019 [06:15 PM]

Columnist Facing a projected state budget deficit of 10 percent, more than $2 billion annually, and unfunded pension liabilities of around $80 billion, what are Democratic state legislators concentrating on? Increasing Connecticut’s already high cost of living and doing business,…

Tuesday 03/19/2019
THEIR VIEW: Traffic could take a toll
icon Posted: 19 March 2019 [08:15 PM]

Some of the most vibrant cities in the world have done it - just none in the United States. In busy places such as London and Singapore, drivers must pay a fee to enter central business districts, a policy designed…

YOUR VIEW: Schools should have boxing teams
icon Posted: 19 March 2019 [08:13 PM]

By To the Editor, I think it is a good idea that all high school principles and athletic directors consider organize boxing teams at their respective schools. Team can compete against each other like they do…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Why do teens smoke marijuana?
icon Posted: 19 March 2019 [08:12 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, why do teens smoke marijuana? Karlay - A curious teen Well, Karlay, to tell you the truth, I don’t know. But, according to a report that I just read by the Partnership at Drugfree.org, more teens…

Graham offers tepid defense of McCain
icon Posted: 19 March 2019 [08:10 PM]

WASHINGTON - Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has made little secret that his pro-Trump conversion has been about politics - specifically his own 2020 campaign. In a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine, he noted that even his close…

This is the end of the death penalty in America as we know it
icon Posted: 19 March 2019 [08:09 PM]

On Wednesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a moratorium on the death penalty, saying he would grant clemency to all 737 people on death row in San Quentin. The closing of the nation’s largest death row brings us much closer…

Monday 03/18/2019
jean-francis-jay-st-onge Jean Francis 'Jay' St. Onge
icon Posted: 18 March 2019 [08:02 PM]

Jean Francis "Jay" St. Onge, 42, of Hartford, formerly of Plainville, died unexpectedly following a brief illness on Saturday, March 16, 2019,…

A recession is coming, and maybe a bear market, too
icon Posted: 18 March 2019 [07:59 PM]

I first suggested the U.S. economy was headed toward a recession more than a year ago, and now others are forecasting the same. I give a business downturn starting this year a two-thirds probability. The recessionary indicators are numerous. Tighter…

The myth of ideology: No, Democrats' energy isn't all on the left
icon Posted: 18 March 2019 [07:58 PM]

Beto O’Rourke, whatever you think of his celebrity treatment or his qualifications, has debunked, once more, the notion that the parties must cater to their most extreme elements. You would have thought Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, purveyor of conservative purity…

The cheating parents of California
icon Posted: 18 March 2019 [07:55 PM]

The massive college admissions scam - where rich and famous people in California are being charged with cheating and paying bribes to get their kids into top colleges - is only the tip of what is said to be a…

Congress should prohibit discriminatory data practices
icon Posted: 18 March 2019 [07:55 PM]

An internet privacy bill introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., would prohibit discriminatory data practices. That is a good goal. But which practices qualify as discriminatory is a complicated question. Privacy activists have long stressed that data overcollection and…

Sunday 03/17/2019
THEIR VIEW: The war on refugees
icon Posted: 17 March 2019 [09:04 PM]

In seeking to justify the Trump administration’s massive reduction in the number of refugees allowed into the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo - who resisted the scale of the cut but lost out to White House hard-liners -…

ERIN STEWART: Committed to fighting opioid addiction
icon Posted: 17 March 2019 [09:02 PM]

You almost died. That’s the message scrawled on the cover of a pamphlet that emergency responders will soon give to individuals they encounter who are struggling with opioid addiction. Inside the tri-fold will be information on how to get…

Bribing your way into Yale is a waste of money
icon Posted: 17 March 2019 [08:58 PM]

Any parents who bribed and cheated to get their kids into elite universities would be buying into a pervasive misconception. It’s easy to assume that because students from elite schools make more money (they do), that going to those schools…

Social media platforms were used like weapons in New Zealand
icon Posted: 17 March 2019 [08:56 PM]

By· Margaret Sullivan The Washington Post Right from the twisted start, those who plotted to kill worshipers at two New Zealand mosques depended on the passive incompetence of Facebook, YouTube and other social-media platforms. They depended on the longtime priorities…

Friday 03/15/2019
YOUR VIEW: White collar crimes must be punished
icon Posted: 15 March 2019 [08:27 PM]

To The Editor: White collar crime, a term coined around 1939 are crimes with a wide range of criminal activities such as deceit, concealment, and trust. These crimes are motivated by financial gain and they do not affect just…

THEIR VIEW: Better safe than sorry
icon Posted: 15 March 2019 [08:10 PM]

Flying in a commercial airliner is extraordinarily safe. Not only that, but it is also much safer than it used to be - worldwide accident deaths fell from 2,373 in 1972 to none in 2017 - and indeed much safer…

YOUR VIEW: Tell Rep. Ziogas to slash state spending
icon Posted: 15 March 2019 [08:09 PM]

To The Editor: Old habits are hard to break; just ask Democrat state Rep. Chris Ziogas. While Dannel P. Malloy was governor, he was a pretty consistent voter when it came to legislation that increased State spending despite Connecticut’s perilous…

Nov. 3, 2020: The ideal date for Judgment Day
icon Posted: 15 March 2019 [08:09 PM]

WASHINGTON - Please, Tom Steyer, stop spending all that money on impeachment ads. If you want to run spots against President Trump, target his shameful 2020 budget. In the meantime, the rest of us should quit pretending there is a…

Meritocracy is a myth, and these people keep it alive
icon Posted: 15 March 2019 [08:09 PM]

Meritocracy may be a myth, but that means someone is keeping the fiction alive. The multimillion-dollar college admissions scandal the Justice Department announced this week gives us a sense of who - and why. Prosecutors alleged Tuesday that wealthy parents…

Thursday 03/14/2019
THEIR VIEW: Spend to the end
icon Posted: 14 March 2019 [08:59 PM]

The best that can be said for President Donald Trump’s $4.75 trillion budget plan for fiscal 2020 is that it has no chance of becoming law. This is almost always true of presidential budgets, because ultimately Congress does the nitty-gritty…

CHRIS POWELL: Lamont joins campaign to hide criminal records
icon Posted: 14 March 2019 [08:56 PM]

' Governor Lamont seems to have joined those who think justice requires concealing criminal records. According to The Day of New London, the governor has proposed legislation requiring the state Office of Policy and Management to compile and post on…

MICHAEL REAGAN: Illegal immigrants hurt Latinos the most
icon Posted: 14 March 2019 [08:55 PM]

I was out of the country for a week with my wife, but when we got back it was like nothing had changed. The national media were still yakking and arguing about the same BS they were when we left.…

Judge strongly rebukes Manafort and Trump's 'no collusion' refrain
icon Posted: 14 March 2019 [08:53 PM]

WASHINGTON - Judge Amy Berman Jackson made a series of strong statements before sentencing President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, on Wednesday. But one in particular struck at the core of Trump’s personal defense in the Russia investigation. She…

Wednesday 03/13/2019
THEIR VIEW: Democrats are hypocrites
icon Posted: 13 March 2019 [08:53 PM]

Post Views Which is it? Is President Donald Trump an unfit character potentially implicated in multiple crimes? Or is the evidence against him so thin that the future of his presidency properly should be determined in the next…

YOUR VIEW: Claims against Shortell unfounded
icon Posted: 13 March 2019 [08:52 PM]

By To The Editor: I am responding to a recent article in the New Britain Herald regarding Robert Berriault’s false allegations of discrimination by New Britain Democratic Town Committee Chair Bill Shortell. Mr. Berriault provided…

YOUR VIEW: State's motor vehicle laws draw questions
icon Posted: 13 March 2019 [08:50 PM]

By To The Editor: This is on the Connecticut handicapped parking issues. I was at the DMV in New Britain and all the handicapped stops were taken by Live Time stickers that were stopped on…

How Beto can catch fire if he enters the race
icon Posted: 13 March 2019 [08:49 PM]

Beto O’Rourke is expected to get into the 2020 presidential race any day now. In contrast to the entry of, say, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., which was flawlessly choreographed, O’Rourke’s long tease and haphazard approach are getting some Democrats’ dander…

Nope, there's still no nominee for secretary of defense
icon Posted: 13 March 2019 [08:47 PM]

Excuse the shouting, but this is one of the worst cases of negligence in governing since, well, I don’t know when. As I wrote a month ago, this is only the third prolonged case in history of using an acting…

Tuesday 03/12/2019
THEIR VIEW: Don't mess with NAFTA
icon Posted: 12 March 2019 [08:52 PM]

The U.S. economy is in excellent shape, a disappointing February job growth report notwithstanding. The unemployment rate is only 3.8 percent; inflation is under control. Both real wages and productivity growth have recently improved. The number of people in the…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Coach's motivation questioned
icon Posted: 12 March 2019 [08:48 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, I don’t’ like it that my son’s basketball coach made my son run a lap for not paying attention in practice. Mary G-upset mom Mary, I wasn’t there, so I don’t know all the circumstances. But…

Police need training to de-escalate perceived threats
icon Posted: 12 March 2019 [08:47 PM]

Sacramento County Dist. Atty. Anne Marie Schubert’s decision not to file criminal charges against the two officers who shot 22-year-old Stephon Clark to death a year ago did not reflect a determination that the officers acted properly. It was…

The trouble with the Ilhan Omar controversy
icon Posted: 12 March 2019 [08:45 PM]

A whole weekend, plus a couple of days, has elapsed since the House Democratic majority dealt with the controversy over Rep. Ilhan Omar’s allegedly anti-Semitic statements by passing a generic resolution condemning bigotry and hatred. The calm, however temporary it…

It took decades for a convicted Virginia man's exoneration
icon Posted: 12 March 2019 [08:44 PM]

Winston Scott was 19 years old in 1975, when he was accused of raping a Fairfax County, Virginia, woman. He said he didn’t do it. But he was convicted and served about five years of a 14-year prison sentence before…

Monday 03/11/2019
National security is a pretext for Trump's broad travel ban
icon Posted: 11 March 2019 [08:25 PM]

When the Supreme Court upheld the third iteration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban last year, it did so partly on the strength of a waiver program, under which the administration would grant visas to migrants from the affected countries…

What to watch when Biden, Beto launch
icon Posted: 11 March 2019 [08:25 PM]

Neither former Vice President Joe Biden nor former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas has officially entered the presidential race, but Democratic insiders have little doubt both will take the plunge. O’Rourke may leap into the fray in the next week…

State Democrats plan is to toll and tax all they can
icon Posted: 11 March 2019 [08:23 PM]

Watching last week’s hearing of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee about highway tolls, last year’s Republican nominee for governor, Bob Stefanowski, mused that the election might have turned out differently if the Democrats had run on what has become their…

Auto tariffs are bad idea
icon Posted: 11 March 2019 [08:23 PM]

Evidently, President Donald Trump is still toying with the idea of imposing steep tariffs on cars and automotive parts. In a White House brimming with bad economic ideas, this would be the worst one yet. Last month, the Commerce Department…

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