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The United States no longer owns the future of freedom

The many critics of Freedom House can finally gloat: The think tank has turned its well-calibrated guns on the U.S. in its 2018 report on “Freedom in the World”: “The past year brought further, faster erosion of America’s own democratic…

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Tuesday 01/23/2018
Help companies avoid firing workers in recessions
icon Posted: 23 January 2018 [08:52 PM]

One of the hardest questions in economics is mobility vs. stability. What happens to workers who are displaced by recessions, technological and industrial change, regional shifts, or corporate failure? Can humans move fluidly from occupation to occupation, industry to industry,…

YOUR VIEW: Impact of Tilcon's proposed project is obvious
icon Posted: 23 January 2018 [08:51 PM]

By To The Editor: Thanks so much for continuing to report in detail on New Britain’s apparent determination to go forward with rock mining in reservoir lands. Tilcon sometimes seems to imply that, after…

OUR VIEW: Safety measures, common sense can prevent many fires
icon Posted: 23 January 2018 [08:51 PM]

Fire officials locally, around New England and nationwide have been vocal for years about the dangers of using space heaters and “alternative heat sources” in homes. According to statistics compiled by the National Fire Protection Association, two of every…

Monday 01/22/2018
What should scare us about Trump's porn star scandal
icon Posted: 22 January 2018 [08:35 PM]

It’s not the sex, it’s the secrecy. The Wall Street Journal reported last Friday that a lawyer for Donald Trump paid an adult-film actress $130,000 one month before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence about an alleged sexual…

GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Teaching can be a lesson in frustration
icon Posted: 22 January 2018 [08:34 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, my students are frustrating me. They’re very different today. Tim V. – veteran teacher. I hear you, Tim. I, too, am a concerned veteran teacher. I, too, have seen what looks like a changing student body over the…

OUR VIEW: Women deserve justice, equality and respect
icon Posted: 22 January 2018 [08:33 PM]

From London to Madrid, from California to Las Vegas, from Washington, D.C. to Hartford, women gathered this past weekend for the second annual Women’s March with the intent to shine a light on inequality for women in all aspects of…

Sunday 01/21/2018
Their View: Trump shares physical results; what about taxes?
icon Posted: 21 January 2018 [08:18 PM]

The president’s cholesterol level is 223. He weighs 239 pounds. He takes a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, and, though he is in decent health for someone his age, he should exercise more. These findings are unremarkable - except that they represent…

A Point to Ponder: What do you think? Consider this about immigration
icon Posted: 21 January 2018 [08:17 PM]

Columnist The media had an absolute meltdown when it was reported by a Democratic senator that the president, in a closed meeting, asked the group he was meeting with: Why were they always requesting citizenship for immigrants from the poorest…

The details of Wolff's time in the White House are damning
icon Posted: 21 January 2018 [08:15 PM]

One of the biggest questions surrounding Michael Wolff’s provocative-yet-sloppy book about the Trump administration is: How did he get so much access? Wolff, by his own account, seemed to inhabit the West Wing for an extended period of time while…

Remove the punch bowl before the markets get crazier
icon Posted: 21 January 2018 [08:14 PM]

Everyone knows that when the shoeshine boy gives you stock tips, it is time to grab the canned goods and head for the hills. It happened to me in 2000 at the height of the dot-com bubble. A San Francisco…

Friday 01/19/2018
OUR VIEW: Cyberbullying remains a concern for kids and adults
icon Posted: 19 January 2018 [09:48 PM]

It takes confidence and courage to stand up to bullies. Olivia Rajotte, from Bristol Central High School, and Madison Fostervold, from Bristol Eastern High School, are doing just that by bringing awareness to the issue. The pair recently addressed…

A look at why poor Americans' lives are growing shorter
icon Posted: 19 January 2018 [09:47 PM]

Life expectancy in the U.S. declined slightly in 2016, as it did in 2015, and - at least as important - the overall trends continue to mask increasing disparities across socioeconomic groups. Carol Graham of the Brookings Institution helps explain…

Can there be a charitable reading of 's---hole'?
icon Posted: 19 January 2018 [09:47 PM]

CAMDEN, S.C. - While recently perusing unread books gathering dust on my shelves, one tome caught my eye and, upon being loosed from the grip of neglect, fell open to a random page from which leapt the following sentence: “The…

The voters are President Donald Trump's biggest problem
icon Posted: 19 January 2018 [09:46 PM]

The Associated Press reports that Gallup shows President Trump “has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average stood 10 points higher than Trump’s, at 49 percent.”…

Is it possible for Trump to spark a kindness backlash?
icon Posted: 19 January 2018 [09:45 PM]

“The Trump administration’s action today is cruel,” Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., said. The new policy is “the latest salvo of the Trump administration’s war on health care,” according to a health-care advocacy group. “The pain is the point” of the…

A work requirement for Medicaid isn't 'cruel'
icon Posted: 19 January 2018 [09:42 PM]

WASHINGTON - If you are appalled by the chaos, division and meanness of the Trump presidency, if you are tired of the lies he and his apparatchiks tell, take heart. Most of your fellow Americans feel the same way. There…

Thursday 01/18/2018
High stakes for President Trump at the World Economic Forum
icon Posted: 18 January 2018 [07:45 PM]

President Donald Trump has had a ragged couple of weeks. Without reliving every sour note, let’s just say he hasn’t started the year with an inspirational vibe. His unforced, bizarre errors have overshadowed soaring consumer confidence, the potential benefits of…

It's time for United States to put Kim Jong Un on his heels
icon Posted: 18 January 2018 [07:44 PM]

President Donald Trump’s November decision to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism - in response to legislation I introduced that passed in Congress last year - was more than just a symbolic move. The administration has not…

42 percent of Republicans believe negative stories are 'fake news'
icon Posted: 18 January 2018 [07:43 PM]

All those media-trust studies have a tendency toward the rote. Yes, we already knew that the public had little trust in the country’s journalistic organs. Yes, we knew that finding credible sources could be a harrowing pursuit for the public.…

A change for the worse
icon Posted: 18 January 2018 [07:42 PM]

Since the big Obamacare repeal-and-replace bills failed in the Senate, Congress and President Donald Trump have sought to undermine the law in subtler ways. First, Republican lawmakers repealed Obamacare’s individual mandate, a key element of the law’s design. Now the…

Wednesday 01/17/2018
OUR VIEW: The future is STEM
icon Posted: 17 January 2018 [09:59 PM]

Educators have been pushing for sometime the benefits of students concentrating on STEM classes. STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is a curriculum based on these disciplines with the idea that many of the jobs in the U.S. and…

The IRS is an overtaxed agency
icon Posted: 17 January 2018 [09:57 PM]

Hate the Internal Revenue Service? Worried that you won’t be able to fill out your returns correctly under the new tax law? Do not take it out on the poor IRS employee who could not answer your tax question, even…

Will Trump exhaust our democratic capacities?
icon Posted: 17 January 2018 [09:56 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Political leaders in democracies have a few core obligations. They are charged with solving today’s problems and preparing their nations for the future. They are responsible for creating some sense of shared purpose and mutual…

Will our nation's endless wars fuel the next populist revolt?
icon Posted: 17 January 2018 [09:54 PM]

Will America’s endless wars without victory be the next source fueling popular revolt against the political establishment? In 2016, Washington pundits were shocked to discover the grim reality and anger of working people in “flyover country” that fueled the candidacies…

Tuesday 01/16/2018
OUR VIEW: Honoring King with tolerance and respect
icon Posted: 16 January 2018 [10:37 PM]

On Monday, people around the nation gathered to honor the work and legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Locally, New Britain and Bristol along with other communities in Central Connecticut held ceremonies and events to mark…

Our elections are in danger
icon Posted: 16 January 2018 [10:35 PM]

While the 2016 election may have left our country divided on many issues, it exposed one critical problem that should unite all Americans: Our democratic process is vulnerable to attacks by hostile foreign powers. As our intelligence community unanimously assessed,…

Perhaps it's time to bring on the political horse trading, Congress
icon Posted: 16 January 2018 [10:34 PM]

Earmarks are suddenly in vogue. The practice, which enabled members of Congress to direct appropriations to pet projects, was banned in 2011. President Donald Trump last week suggested it might be time to bring them back - and he might…

Central Connecticut has a rich history of philanthropy
icon Posted: 16 January 2018 [10:32 PM]

Since early childhood, most of us have been encouraged to think about helping others near and far; the following expressions have long been drummed into us: It is better to give than receive Do unto others as you would…

Monday 01/15/2018
Conveying Donald Trump's words is no easy task
icon Posted: 15 January 2018 [07:58 PM]

From Harry Truman’s “dumb son of a b----” assessment of General Douglas MacArthur to Dick Cheney’s rude suggestion about what Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., should do to himself, foul language from politicians skips across the aisle and leaps through…

When it comes to children; unplug but don't disconnect
icon Posted: 15 January 2018 [07:58 PM]

Two major shareholders of Apple have called on the company to take the lead in countering the harm that excessive screen time can do to children. Mounting evidence about the long-term physical and mental effects caused by overuse of the…

GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: School is not just about grades
icon Posted: 15 January 2018 [07:57 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, help. I’m stressed over my grades. Dakota B. – A really stressed out teen. Dakota, let me begin with Henry James, the father of modern psychology. He said that 90 percent of the worst things that have…

YOUR VIEW: City needs to face debt head on
icon Posted: 15 January 2018 [07:54 PM]

By At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, a representative from Mesirow Financial, the city’s debt advisor and a major advocate for the proposed $115 million debt restructuring, said the city’s current debt problems are no…

Sunday 01/14/2018
Jim Hightower: The rise and fall of America's middle class
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [08:44 PM]

Columnist Ever since 1776, the “common yeoman” - America’s middle class - has been hailed as the virtuous heart and backbone of our nation. How ironic, since it took 150 years before we actually created a broad middle class. Before…

Will Trump seize a presidential moment?
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [08:42 PM]

This week, two incredible events unfolded before our eyes: American television viewers were invited into the White House Cabinet Room, where for nearly an hour they watched as President Donald Trump effectively led a bipartisan meeting in which he and…

Freedom Caucus in the spotlight as shutdown looms
icon Posted: 14 January 2018 [08:41 PM]

Bloomberg View The House Freedom Caucus styles itself as the principled champion of limited government and the rule of law. More often, its members are partisan gunslingers, attack dogs during President Barack Obama’s administration and lap dogs for President Donald…

Friday 01/12/2018
OUR VIEW: Connecticut has a duty to maintain its infrastructure
icon Posted: 12 January 2018 [09:43 PM]

Gov. Dannel Malloy called a press conference Wednesday to announce he was halting state Department of Transportation projects indefinitely. The Democratic governor said he was postponing all roadwork until state lawmakers pass a bill to provide more money for…

Trump calls libel laws 'a sham and a disgrace,' pledges review
icon Posted: 12 January 2018 [09:32 PM]

On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump pledged to somehow “open up” American libel laws. “One of the things I’m going to do if I win . . . is I’m going to open up our libel laws so when…

Let's just call it insanity at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
icon Posted: 12 January 2018 [09:31 PM]

WASHINGTON - I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for him. Donald Trump, that is. Having previously posited that it’s wrong to make fun of the mentally deficient, I’m reluctant to further highlight recent revelations from author Michael Wolff, whose new…

Why is Florida excused from the new drilling plans?
icon Posted: 12 January 2018 [09:31 PM]

Cynicism has always been a part of politics, but rarely are politicians so brazen and self-serving as President Donald Trump and his interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, have been over the past week. First they announced a new offshore drilling…

Trump stumbles into the politics of charity
icon Posted: 12 January 2018 [09:28 PM]

WASHINGTON - There is a reason bipartisan government is so hard these days. It’s not because “both parties” are intransigent or because “both parties” have moved to the “extremes.” It’s because what were once widely seen as moderate, commonsense solutions…

What we know about where Oprah stands on policy issues
icon Posted: 12 January 2018 [09:27 PM]

Interest in media mogul Oprah Winfrey’s political career has not died down following her campaign-style speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak their truth to…

Thursday 01/11/2018
Their View: Take a deal and then build the wall
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [09:01 PM]

President Donald Trump says he is optimistic a deal can be struck to shield “dreamers,” the young undocumented immigrants whose lives he put in jeopardy by stripping them of work permits and deportation protection, beginning March 5. His price, and…

Trump says an interview with Mueller is 'unlikely'; that's wrong
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [09:00 PM]

At his news conference Wednesday, President Donald Trump pointedly declined to say whether he would agree to answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller - but then suggested that such a session wouldn’t be warranted in any event. “When…

No other president has ignored such a threat
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [08:57 PM]

For the better part of 20 years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has engaged in a relentless assault against democratic institutions abroad, universal values and the rule of law. He has carried out these attacks with an asymmetric arsenal: cyberattacks; disinformation;…

There's no reason to wait: Rep. Farenthold has got to go
icon Posted: 11 January 2018 [08:56 PM]

“I want to be clear that I didn’t do anything wrong, but I also don’t want the taxpayers to be on the hook for this.” That is what embattled Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, said last month when he promised to…

Wednesday 01/10/2018
Our View: DACA must continue
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [08:09 PM]

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to continue the DACA program on Tuesday. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was implemented by former President Barack Obama to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. when…

Stop paying attention to Wolff's sloppy book
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [08:07 PM]

Michael Wolff’s book has become the acid test for whether people believe in the truth or are simply interested in taking down President Donald Trump at whatever cost. And it has now proven that the same nihilistic attitude toward facts…

A new self-inflicted wound from the Trump administration
icon Posted: 10 January 2018 [08:05 PM]

The Washington Post Striking a blow for making America small again - plus petty, callous and self-defeating - the Trump administration on Monday stripped about 200,000 Salvadorans of their work authorizations and protection from deportation, effective 20 months…

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