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CHRIS POWELL: Deal on abortion is possible but Dems prefer acrimony

CHRIS POWELL Both political parties in Congress want to sustain the immigration controversy for partisan purposes more than they want a compromise that could resolve the controversy's two major components -- securing the borders while providing a path to…

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Friday 05/06/2022
friday-ficks-the-gift-of-perspective FRIDAY FICKS: The gift of perspective
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…

Wednesday 05/04/2022
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YOUR VIEW: Berlin DTC: 'Yes' vote in referendum
icon Posted: 26 April 2022 [03:10 PM]

Berlin Democratic Town Committee April 25, 2022 – Members of the Berlin Democratic Town Committee are urging all Berlin residents to cast a “Yes” vote in the…

Lawmakers have opportunity to save public access televsion
icon Posted: 26 April 2022 [10:03 AM]

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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Friday 04/15/2022
CHRIS POWELL: Many kids can't see well, and government can't see either
icon Posted: 15 April 2022 [07:53 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 [09:06 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…

Monday 04/04/2022
Friday 04/01/2022
Cutting state taxes, revenue might revive true liberalism
icon Posted: 01 April 2022 [09:19 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 [01:16 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…

Friday 03/18/2022
friday-ficks-how-to-avoid-the-tree-trifecta FRIDAY FICKS: How to avoid the tree trifecta
icon Posted: 18 March 2022 [10:32 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
YOUR VIEW: Congratulations to Mayor Stewart of New Britain
icon Posted: 14 March 2022 [08:49 PM]

To the Editor: Congratulations! to Mayor Erin Stewart of New Britain on her 9th annual inspiring State of the Union message to our citizens. Mayor Stewart, with your dynamic leadership and the cooperation of the Common Council, you…

YOUR VIEW: Disgusted at state rep.'s claim to reside in 77th
icon Posted: 14 March 2022 [08:41 PM]

As a constituent of the 77th district I am disgusted by the actions of our former State Representative Cara Pavalock-D’Amato [“Address in question,” The Bristol Press/New Britain Herald, March 11]. I use the term “former” because in my…

YOUR VIEW: Rubin is wrong: There is no substitute for oil
icon Posted: 14 March 2022 [08:27 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.…

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
Neighbor of Ukrainian church pens poem
icon Posted: 11 March 2022 [04:23 PM]

To the Editor: In light of the recent developments that have exacerbated stability, peace and sovereignty in Ukraine, I decided to express my views through the language of poetry and to share this sentiment with others in our community. These…

Reveal SEBAC deal right now, and study zoning override effects
icon Posted: 11 March 2022 [04:08 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…

Thursday 03/10/2022
YOUR VIEW: Kids' mental health needs are goal of bill
icon Posted: 10 March 2022 [02:11 PM]

D-Newington To the Editor: The children’s mental health system in Connecticut needs additional support, resources and structural changes as a rise in depression, anxiety, self-harm and other forms of distress evident before the pandemic have been exacerbated during…

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…

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Tuesday 02/22/2022
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…

Monday 02/21/2022
YOUR VIEW: Community colleges need mental health services
icon Posted: 21 February 2022 [08:10 PM]

To the Editor: I am writing about the need for funding of mental health services at our state community colleges. Mental health issues are on the rise among youth, particularly in the wake of the pandemic. Many of our community…

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…

Wednesday 02/16/2022
YOUR VIEW: NAACP branch backs public remote meetings
icon Posted: 16 February 2022 [08:58 PM]

To the Editor: The NAACP New Britain Branch would like to lend our support for the proposed resolution under consideration by the Common Council to bring back remote public speaking in Council public hearings and in Council public participation sessions.…

Tuesday 02/15/2022
Saturday 02/12/2022
YOUR VIEW: She's my Valentine
icon Posted: 12 February 2022 [12:05 PM]

She's My Valentine. To the Editor: She's a very special lady And she's one of a kind And she's always on my mind  And she's in my heart and  She's in my soul  And she's truly one of a…

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Tuesday 02/01/2022
YOUR VIEW: Upset over removal of Berlin LL president
icon Posted: 01 February 2022 [09:05 PM]

To the Editor: Without even saying goodbye or thank you for 45 years of service to the children of Berlin, Bill Petit was removed from his position of president of the Berlin Little League. Coach, Manager, Umpire, President, Bill was…