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OUR VIEW: A never-ending tragedy

It’s happened again. Another high profile criminal case and then, someone writes a book. Perhaps the first one to the printer was Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” which was published in 1966 as a “non-fiction novel.” Then it was…

icon Posted: 20 August 2018 [07:30 PM]

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Monday 08/20/2018
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: A new year, a new school
icon Posted: 20 August 2018 [07:28 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, my dad got transferred again for his dumb job, and now I’m in another school again. Billy B. – Angry son starting over again. Billy, I’m feeling your pain…

The planet is heating up -- and that's bad
icon Posted: 20 August 2018 [07:27 PM]

The Orange County (California) Register Even - or especially - among those who agree human-caused global warming is happening, the footnote has been the understanding that no individual weather event or catastrophe is caused by the overall temperature rise. Until…

Fired Trump staffer's link to white supremacists is alarming
icon Posted: 20 August 2018 [07:26 PM]

By Eugene Scott One of the most prevalent criticisms of the Trump White House, particularly from people of color, has been that the president espouses racist worldviews and has invited people who promote white supremacy into the…

Sunday 08/19/2018
YOUR VIEW: Local media have reader's support
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:57 PM]

By To The Editor: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for co-publishing your sister paper’s editorial. (President Trump, the press is a vital American institution, Aug. 16.) I’m usually thankful for the editorials you…

YOUR VIEW: Tilcon's plan would devastate watershed
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:55 PM]

By To The Editor: New Britain officials have again misinterpreted Public Act 6-61 which requires an environmental study on the potential impact on a change in use of protected watershed to allow Tilcon to strip mine…

THEIR VIEW: Ex-CIA director is not Trump's real victim
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:54 PM]

When President Donald Trump last month threatened to punish one of his critics, former CIA director John Brennan, by taking away his security clearance, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dismissed the threat with a wry smile. Mere “trolling,” he said,…

THEIR VIEW: Florida should repeal stand-your-ground law
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:51 PM]

Tampa Bay Times on Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law: Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe made a reasonable decision to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter in last month’s deadly Clearwater convenience store parking lot confrontation. The shooting, which erupted over use of a…

Mr. President, a dog has to resent all these attacks
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:50 PM]

OK, we get it. President Donald Trump really doesn’t like dogs. On Tuesday, the president uncorked a favorite epithet for fired White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. She’s “that dog.” “When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and…

Revocation of security clearances is like the travel ban
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:47 PM]

President Donald Trump’s decision, announced Wednesday, to revoke the security clearance held by former CIA Director John Brennan demonstrates that the president has learned the lesson of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the travel ban case, Trump v. Hawaii:…

Friday 08/17/2018
Republicans are playing with fire in the states
icon Posted: 17 August 2018 [05:05 PM]

WASHINGTON - The backlash to President Trump and the steady rightward journey of the Republican Party could sharply shift the distribution of political power in state capitols across the nation in this fall’s elections. And because reapportionment is coming, this…

YOUR VIEW: Streets should be named after honorable people
icon Posted: 17 August 2018 [05:04 PM]

Patricia Karwoski, Farmington To The Editor: Dispelling the false myth about Paul Manafort Senior It continues to baffle me as to why the media continues to give such a positive impression of the former New Britain Mayor…

YOUR VIEW: This teacher should be elected to Congress
icon Posted: 17 August 2018 [05:03 PM]

Liz Aaronsohn, Ed.D. Associate Professor Emerita Teacher To the Editor: You would think that sometime within a 53-year teaching career, I’d have met a few Teachers of the Year. Nope. Not until this past week,…

YOUR VIEW: Pulaski Middle School needs facelift
icon Posted: 17 August 2018 [05:03 PM]

Joe Arnone, New Britain To The Editor: The last time I voted at the Pulaski Middle School site, I noticed the disrepair involving the doors to the entrance allotted for voting in that district. They were in…

THEIR VIEW: Trump must stand with our allies against Russia
icon Posted: 17 August 2018 [05:02 PM]

The Trump administration’s new sanctions against Russia, imposed last week in response to the poisoning in the U.K. of a former Russian spy and his daughter, are welcome. They are also confusing, contrasting as they do the words and behavior…

Thursday 08/16/2018
THEIR VIEW: Bullying them into silence
icon Posted: 16 August 2018 [07:09 PM]

When White House counsel Donald McGahn asked White House staff to sign nondisclosure agreements, he reportedly assured them that, though President Donald Trump insisted on them, they were unenforceable. Yet on Tuesday, Trump’s campaign filed an arbitration action against…

CHRIS POWELL: Democrats reject their record; Republicans refuse to learn
icon Posted: 16 August 2018 [07:08 PM]

Columnist What does this week’s primary election for governor say about Connecticut’s Democratic Party? First, it says that at least the party cannot rationalize Joe Ganim’s corruption in office. Second, it says that the party has come down with a…

This is how a wave builds after a midterm election
icon Posted: 16 August 2018 [07:07 PM]

The Washington Post It makes perfect sense, really: When a midterm election is downhill for one party, it’s easy for things to go really downhill. Donors on one side get enthusiastic, while on the other they get despondent. One side…

My father, Ronald Reagan, would never have stood for this
icon Posted: 16 August 2018 [07:06 PM]

Early in my father’s administration, when he and my mother flew to Rancho del Cielo, the ranch they had bought in the 1970s that was his retreat, his nourishment, I drove up to join them for a day or two.…

Wednesday 08/15/2018
OUR VIEW: President Trump, the press is a vital American institution
icon Posted: 15 August 2018 [07:19 PM]

The Willimantic Chronicle Donald Trump isn’t the first U.S. president to clash with the American press. In fact, one cannot call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. home without having regular disagreements with those whose job it is to decipher the truth. After…

THEIR VIEW: Church criminality
icon Posted: 15 August 2018 [07:13 PM]

The Catholic church’s decades-long practice of enabling and systematically covering up the rape and molestation of children by priests is by now sickeningly familiar. Yet the scale of abuse; the breadth and depth of trauma inflicted by predators wearing Roman…

Internet content moderation is the same as censorship
icon Posted: 15 August 2018 [07:08 PM]

We’re finally having a public debate about the big Internet platforms policing content and suspending accounts. But it’s a serious mistake to frame the debate about content moderation around right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s Infowars and not around the thousands…

Tuesday 08/14/2018
Strzok got fired, but Trump's war on the FBI is far from over
icon Posted: 14 August 2018 [07:54 PM]

FBI agent Peter Strzok, fresh off making House Republicans look like a bunch of fools, has felt Donald Trump’s wrath at last, reports The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky : “The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the…

Corruption wafts into the White House Situation Room
icon Posted: 14 August 2018 [07:52 PM]

The Situation Room “is the inner sanctum within an already-secure facility where the most sensitive of the most sensitive information is discussed.” - Ned Price, former spokesman, National Security Council Precisely. In responding to a question from The Washington Post,…

Pope takes a position on the death penalty
icon Posted: 14 August 2018 [07:50 PM]

Pope Francis’s condemnation of capital punishment is simple and unambiguous: It is inadmissible. No exceptions for especially heinous crimes; no loopholes allowing execution when other lives might be in jeopardy, as in past Catholic teachings. No, declared the pope.…

Mr. President, meet with Mueller
icon Posted: 14 August 2018 [07:44 PM]

Rudolph Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s lawyer, told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Sunday that Mr. Trump would not sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller if the meeting would fall after Sept. 1, “because we’re not going…

THEIR VIEW: Keeping the peace
icon Posted: 14 August 2018 [07:42 PM]

It was a gratifying reaffirmation of American values when thousands of protesters turned out Sunday to denounce the few dozen white-nationalist bigots who rallied across from the White House on the anniversary of last year’s mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia. It…

Monday 08/13/2018
THEIR VIEW: 'Medicare for all' plan is bad medicine
icon Posted: 13 August 2018 [08:34 PM]

Imagine a world in which the rosy assumptions Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., makes on behalf of his “Medicare for all” health-care plan turn out to be true. That is what Charles Blahous, a professor at George Mason University’s libertarian-leaning Mercatus…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Don't be scared, but be safe
icon Posted: 13 August 2018 [08:32 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, Is there any place safe these days? Concerts, schools, and YouTube gets shot up… What the heck is going on in our society? Sabastian W. - High School Student.…

Omarosa's book isn't news, but what she did sure is
icon Posted: 13 August 2018 [08:31 PM]

Omarosa Manigault Newman’s new book, filled with unsubstantiated allegations and implausible claims - she did not know President Donald Trump was a racist before she arrived at the White House? - would not, I would submit, normally constitute serious news.…

The housing crisis is far from over
icon Posted: 13 August 2018 [08:30 PM]

The Portland Press Herald A housing crisis has been building in this country for years. The Trump administration wants to make it worse. The crisis is being fueled by rising rents and stagnant wages. As the economy has…

'Unite the Right' demonstration flops while the left triumphs
icon Posted: 13 August 2018 [08:29 PM]

One year after the clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the two groups were expected to meet again, this time in Washington, D.C. The counter-protesters showed up. The racists did not. Much of the coverage of Sunday’s…

Sunday 08/12/2018
THEIR VIEW: Human rights are everyone's business
icon Posted: 12 August 2018 [08:54 PM]

Saudi Arabia has offered a telling response to Canada’s complaint about the arrest of two prominent female activists, Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah. The Saudi Foreign Ministry protested that Canada was engaging in “blatant interference in the Kingdom’s domestic affairs”…

Trump's views on water and wildfires are all wet
icon Posted: 12 August 2018 [08:52 PM]

The Washington Post As if water and wildfire policies in the West weren’t contentious enough, President Trump decided to toss confused and ill-conceived tweets into the mix over the past few days, reigniting fights over water and land use in…

The growing urban-rural divide in politics
icon Posted: 12 August 2018 [08:50 PM]

The Washington Post Tuesday was another Election Day in the United States, and the marquee showdown was a special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district. At the time of writing, the race was still too close to call . But…

The greatest good for endangered species
icon Posted: 12 August 2018 [08:48 PM]

The Washington Post A modern vision of conservation is one that uses federalism, public-private partnerships and market-based solutions to achieve sound stewardship. These approaches, combined with sensible regulations and the best available science, will achieve the greatest good in the…

Friday 08/10/2018
Uber and Lyft won't solve traffic, local governments must step in
icon Posted: 10 August 2018 [07:06 PM]

Though ride-hailing services have previously been accused of exacerbating traffic and disrupting local transportation, pooled options such as UberPool and Lyft Line have generally avoided such criticism. But according to a new report by transportation consultant Bruce Schaller, pooled rides…

When Russia invaded Georgia, America acted
icon Posted: 10 August 2018 [07:05 PM]

Ten years ago this week, during the final year of George W. Bush’s presidency, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Georgia. Post columnist Robert Kagan marked the anniversary Wednesday by connecting the dots from Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Russia’s democratic…

The West can still shape peace in Syria
icon Posted: 10 August 2018 [07:04 PM]

The seven years of Syria’s crisis has cost half a million lives, displaced more than 5 million refugees and reordered the geopolitics of the Middle East. But the worst may be yet to come. Western policymakers cannot be allowed to…

THEIR VIEW: The excuse for reckless violence
icon Posted: 10 August 2018 [07:04 PM]

The surveillance video from the parking lot of the Circle A in Clearwater, Florida, leaves little to the imagination: Britany Jacobs and two of her children were waiting in a car for her boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, and their 5-year-old son…

Thursday 08/09/2018
Can two warring leaders cooperate in South Sudan?
icon Posted: 09 August 2018 [06:05 PM]

South Sudan’s tortured history as an independent nation since 2011 is cause for near-despair. Its leaders have repeatedly gone to war against each other, displacing nearly 2 million people internally and 2.5 million beyond its borders, leaving more than 5…

Future of health insurance is at stake in midterms
icon Posted: 09 August 2018 [06:03 PM]

Despite promising to repeal it, the Republican-led Congress has left the Affordable Care Act on the books. And despite the Trump administration’s efforts to undermine it, the law’s still working pretty well. Its future success, though, can’t be taken for…

The Senate needs to find out what Kavanaugh thinks about guns
icon Posted: 09 August 2018 [06:01 PM]

Does the constitutional right to armed self-defense extend outside the home? The Supreme Court didn’t address that issue when it a decade ago issued a landmark ruling affirming an individual’s right to keep firearms in the home for personal protection.…

THEIR VIEW: Trump's tariffs fill swamp
icon Posted: 09 August 2018 [06:00 PM]

In a well-functioning modern economy, businesses are generally free to buy and sell the things they need, absent a compelling public need for government intervention. By that definition, the United States does not, at the moment, have a well-functioning modern…

Wednesday 08/08/2018
Trump picks a science adviser - then ignores the facts on fuel efficiency
icon Posted: 08 August 2018 [06:12 PM]

Last week began with some uncharacteristic good news on the environment from the Trump administration. It ended with a depressing reminder that President Donald Trump remains as determined as ever to undermine public health and humans’ natural habitat. After a…

Only one other president acted so desperate
icon Posted: 08 August 2018 [06:11 PM]

President Donald Trump is acting with a desperation I’ve seen only once before in Washington: 45 years ago when President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. Nixon was fixated on ending the Watergate investigation, just…

Democrats are disavowing Malloy
icon Posted: 08 August 2018 [06:11 PM]

Separating themselves from and even repudiating their party’s own leader, Governor Malloy, increasingly seems to be the objective of the convention-endorsed candidates for the top of the Democratic state ticket, governor candidate Ned Lamont and lieutenant governor candidate Susan Bysiewicz.…

THEIR VIEW: It isn't the ACLU's job to reunite families
icon Posted: 08 August 2018 [06:10 PM]

As one strolls the stately streets of Washington, D.C., taking in the breathtaking scale and august architecture of the federal government’s multifarious departments, agencies and commissions - more than 430 of them, by some estimates - one can only stand…

Tuesday 08/07/2018
Meghan Markle and the tired ways we talk about royal women
icon Posted: 07 August 2018 [07:40 PM]

The first summer of Meghan Markle’s royalty is coming to an end and, as a diligent student of her tabloid coverage, here is what I have learned: She is going to Balmoral for the queen’s summer holiday, and that will…

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