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OUR VIEW: She spoke and they listened! Kudos to both

Last December, Bristol Eastern High School senior Alexandra Allen talked to the Board of Education about how stressful it is for students every January to have to take their midterms and then attend classes afterward. As a direct result, the…

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Sunday 05/21/2017
Good luck, Mr. President?
icon Posted: 21 May 2017 [10:46 PM]

PALM BEACH, Fla. - So the pope, the president, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a bar ... Surely, I’m not the only one to tighten the frame around President Trump’s wildly ironic and ambitious foreign odyssey to…

Can a visit with Pope Francis save Donald Trump?
icon Posted: 21 May 2017 [10:46 PM]

WASHINGTON - If anyone ever needed a conversion experience - and fast - it is President Trump. The issue here is not switching religions. What he could use is an honest examination of his conscience, his attitude toward himself and…

Blood in the water? Give Trump administration a chance
icon Posted: 21 May 2017 [10:46 PM]

There’s blood in the water. The sharks are on the scent of a feeding frenzy. The media and the party opposing President Donald Trump have been trying to take his administration down since he won the election and let it…

Saturday 05/20/2017
Our View: It's positively a win, win
icon Posted: 20 May 2017 [08:13 PM]

Editorial It goes without saying that you can’t have enough “positivity,” the goal of a new program proposed by Bristol City Councilor Jodi Zils Gagne. This new initiative aims to get businesses in the West End to donate a small…

Chris Powell: State workers becoming scapegoats for everything
icon Posted: 20 May 2017 [08:12 PM]

Columnist Governor Malloy says negotiations over the state budget, which began this week, have a long way to go, but after wobbling on taxes he has accomplished something remarkable. He has pushed his party’s majority in the General Assembly, the…

Michael Reagan: Since Day One, Trump has hurt himself
icon Posted: 20 May 2017 [08:11 PM]

Columnist If I were Donald Trump’s chief of staff, I’d just break his thumbs. That’s what Reince Priebus should do - and then maybe buy a roll of duct tape. From Day One of his administration, President Trump has hurt…

For some, immigration is a second chance at life
icon Posted: 20 May 2017 [08:09 PM]

Columnist She was a virgin when he raped her, impregnated her, and then beat her. She miscarried. A devout Catholic, she mourned her own pain less than that lost life. No amount of comfort from the priest made her tears…

Fees, fines, fairness and California's Lexus Lanes
icon Posted: 20 May 2017 [08:05 PM]

Columnist Which best describes your view of America? Everyone pays an equal share? Or, everyone pays his fair share? Both sound reasonable. One hinges on equality, the other on fairness - two principles we generally embrace. But as I wrote…

Friday 05/19/2017
Our View: Graduation opens the door to new beginnings
icon Posted: 19 May 2017 [09:32 PM]

Editorial Heads up! It’s graduation season. From where we sit, that means two things: accomplishment and change. And we’re seeing it at all levels, from those who have earned graduate degrees at Central Connecticut State University to the 36 men…

A pivot toward Saudi Arabia
icon Posted: 19 May 2017 [09:28 PM]

THE Washington Post Donald Trump’s political career arguably began with the full-page advertisements he purchased in The Post and several other newspapers in September 1987 in order to denounce Saudi Arabia, along with Japan, for “taking…

FBI director? The more important job is filled
icon Posted: 19 May 2017 [09:26 PM]

Columnist The choice of the next FBI director generated bitter political debate only 48 hours ago. Now, with the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, it’s almost beside the point. Mueller, a much-respected former director of the bureau, was…

Your View: Woman's Club selling flags to honor vets
icon Posted: 19 May 2017 [09:23 PM]

Suburban Woman’s Club of New Britain To the Editor: “Flags on the Green,” presented for the seventh consecutive year by the Suburban Woman’s Club of New Britain, will again honor those veterans who have served our nation in the past…

Thursday 05/18/2017
A welcome special counsel
icon Posted: 18 May 2017 [08:27 PM]

Washington and the country received a much-needed shot of good news Wednesday evening with the revelation that the Justice Department will appoint a special counsel. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named Robert Mueller III, a former FBI chief. This was…

A quick end would be better
icon Posted: 18 May 2017 [08:26 PM]

WASHINGTON - There is really only one issue in American politics at this moment: Will we accelerate our way to the end of the Trump story, or will our government remain mired in scandal, misdirection and paralysis for many more…

OUR VIEW: The budget situation hits closer to home
icon Posted: 18 May 2017 [08:25 PM]

With each day, the state’s budget situation seems to become more alarming and solutions are further out of reach - though many have suggestions on how to fix the situation, from cutting services to increasing taxes on corporations. And almost…

YOUR VIEW: Updated Wheeler will 'level the learning field'
icon Posted: 18 May 2017 [08:23 PM]

Plainville To the Editor: I am writing this letter in support of the Wheeler School Renovation project. I am a recently retired teacher from the Plainville Community Schools. My teaching career spanned 34 years, working at all the Plainville…

Wednesday 05/17/2017
Needed: federal sentencing reform
icon Posted: 17 May 2017 [08:17 PM]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Friday a new Justice Department policy designed to “enforce the law fairly and consistently.” It will not achieve that aim. Instead, the attorney general’s plan unintentionally underscores the case for Congress to reform the…

Donald Trump, the truth-sayer
icon Posted: 17 May 2017 [08:16 PM]

WASHINGTON - One thing we’ve learned the past several weeks is to ignore the White House and wait for Donald Trump to spill the beans. Invariably, the president contradicts statements from his communications team and other officials, and blurts…

Cities, suburbs, stop your whining; confront municipal employee costs
icon Posted: 17 May 2017 [08:10 PM]

For decades state and municipal elected officials in Connecticut have had no trouble telling the public that it should suffer a pay cut so that raises could be paid to government employees and benefits could be increased for welfare recipients.…

OUR VIEW: Cities, towns await hard decisions from state
icon Posted: 17 May 2017 [08:10 PM]

The task of crafting a state budget has taken center stage, both at the Capitol and in city halls across the state. Local leaders were already struggling to anticipate what state funding they could count on for fiscal 2017-2018…

Tuesday 05/16/2017
A Trumpian world of shifting reality
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:33 PM]

WASHINGTON - Facts aren’t facts; truth isn’t true; reality isn’t real. This is where we are. It’s no wonder that “Orwellian” is the most widely used adjective derived from the name of a writer. We are living in the…

OUR VIEW: Spreading information becomes a public service
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:32 PM]

Our thanks to Patricia Rehmer, Hartford HealthCare senior vice president for behavioral health and president of the HHC Behavioral Health Network, for letting readers know about a frightening new internet “game” that could ultimately take the life of a…

YOUR VIEW: Thanks to Rebuilding Together volunteer crew
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:30 PM]

New Britain To the Editor: It has been a horrible month in the news, especially with dogs getting abused. Also last week while I was sitting on my front porch, three policemen came walking up the street with shotguns and…

YOUR VIEW: Candidate urges readers to get involved, vote
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:29 PM]

Candidate for Mayor 2017, New Britain To the Editor: Our community needs men of color who can connect with the people - who are willing to help contribute to change. For hundreds of years, we have been a part of…

Monday 05/15/2017
Police shooting into cars too often ends in tragedy
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [11:06 PM]

Jordan Edwards should not be dead at the age of 15. But the African-American teen was shot and killed on the night of April 29 by a suburban Dallas police officer. Jordan died when officer Roy Oliver of…

YOUR VIEW: Independent Living Centers are an investment
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [10:08 PM]

Terryville To the Editor: I am proud to say that I am a Connecticut resident who can get the help I need to be a productive citizen again after a devastating car crash. The state helps fund Independent…

GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Parenting through love and laughter!
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [10:07 PM]

I’m nowhere near it yet, but I’ve been told that when it comes to the little ones, being a grandparent is pretty cool. Grandparents are those who have done their time and survived what we newer parents are trying to…

State-level lawmakers launch a free-speech crackdown
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [10:06 PM]

Back in the 1930s, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously referred to states as “laboratories of democracy.” But these days, those labs are looking less Albert Einstein and more Dr. Frankenstein. Enraged by the hundreds of thousands of women…

OUR VIEW: Sugary drink tax may have unintended consequences
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [10:04 PM]

Sugar is making headlines these days, taking the place of fats as the number-one villain in our diet. So it’s no surprise that public health advocates are suggesting that we cut way back on the amount of sugar in our…

Sunday 05/14/2017
OUR VIEW: Infrastructure upgrade? Patience (Ours!) required
icon Posted: 14 May 2017 [09:06 PM]

The news story by Bristol Press reporter Lorenzo Burgio began this way: “The Connecticut Department of Transportation is currently working on widening Route 6 to make safety and traffic improvements and ultimately (to make it) safer for travel. … The…

A POINT TO PONDER: Children having fun? We expect more
icon Posted: 14 May 2017 [09:04 PM]

This political cycle has gone to the stage of social entertainment. The Republican house delegation had a triumphal procession after they voted down Obamacare and got their version of the Affordable Care Act voted into law. This is phase…

YOUR VIEW: A note of appreciation for columnist Reagan
icon Posted: 14 May 2017 [09:02 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: The following is a reply that was sent to Michael Reagan relative to his article that appeared in the May 13th edition of the Bristol Press. Michael, your dad must be smiling after reading your…

How Mexican farmers got the better of Trump
icon Posted: 14 May 2017 [09:00 PM]

Often, when world powers pick fights with seemingly powerless countries, they learn that even small dogs have sharp teeth - as President Trump is finding out in his ill-fated war with Mexico. His scheme to wall off Mexico is collapsing…

Trump won't let the Russia story die
icon Posted: 14 May 2017 [08:58 PM]

People are always asking me how this whole Russia investigation is going to end. As someone who has been in and around a lot of trouble over the years, I have tried to develop a feel for how chaotic situations…

Saturday 05/13/2017
Our View: Remember Mom today
icon Posted: 13 May 2017 [08:45 PM]

On Page 16 of this paper, a writer looks back on his good fortune, adding “I wish every child could be blessed to have a mother like mine.” And, we might also wish they could grow up in…

Kathleen Parker: Do-right women in a do-wrong world
icon Posted: 13 May 2017 [08:44 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - For those lately bereft of leadership, the past few days have provided both a respite and a reason for hope. Make that two reasons - two women - Sally Yates and Condoleezza Rice. It’s likely that neither…

E.J. Dionne: The Comey-FBI misfire by President Trump
icon Posted: 13 May 2017 [08:41 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of the shrewdest politicians of his generation. But by speaking Wednesday on the Senate floor in defense of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, McConnell made what is…

Mothers are the key to all that is good in this world
icon Posted: 13 May 2017 [08:40 PM]

Columnist I wish every child could be blessed to have a mother like mine. When my five sisters and I were babies in her womb, she never took so much as an aspirin for a headache - never ingested anything…

The governor may be failing but who else is even trying?
icon Posted: 13 May 2017 [08:37 PM]

Columnist Despite imposing during the last six years Connecticut’s two largest tax increases, state government is running its third straight big annual deficit, this week causing Governor Malloy to spend the emergency reserve and to suspend some financial aid to…

Jim Hightower: The U.S. Postal Service delivers - literally
icon Posted: 13 May 2017 [08:33 PM]

Columnist A half-dollar hardly counts as money these days - it won’t even buy a cup of coffee. But pssssst… here’s an amazing half-dollar bargain for you: A first-class postage stamp. For 50 cents, you get the stamp, 3 cents…

Friday 05/12/2017
Our View: Is rare voter fraud the threat to our democracy?
icon Posted: 12 May 2017 [08:23 PM]

After President Donald Trump launched a commission to examine allegations of improper voting in November’s presidential election, Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill responded, saying that she hopes his review of alleged voter fraud is not a “fig leaf for…

Michael Reagan: Fed up and changing the channel on Congress
icon Posted: 12 May 2017 [08:18 PM]

Columnist I give up. Ten minutes after I started watching the Senate intelligence committee hearings Thursday morning, I got so frustrated I started looking for a good cartoon show. What’s so aggravating about these staged Congressional hearings is that you…

The FBI must be protected -- from the White House
icon Posted: 12 May 2017 [08:17 PM]

THE Washington Post The FBI is in trouble and must be protected - from the White House, first and foremost. Last year’s Hillary Clinton email investigation put the agency in the middle of a political fight. President Donald Trump…

GOP feels the heat on health care
icon Posted: 12 May 2017 [08:11 PM]

Bloomberg View The early returns are in, and they’re bad news for the Republican gamble to pass a flawed health-care alternative to Obamacare. Democratic candidates are on the attack, and Republicans are dissembling. In a couple of special congressional elections,…

Thursday 05/11/2017
How to clean up the Comey mess
icon Posted: 11 May 2017 [07:16 PM]

It’s fair to doubt that President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey because of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation - a performance the president had previously praised. But whatever his motive, Trump has removed an…

It's not all the airlines' fault. Sometimes it's the Ugly American traveler.
icon Posted: 11 May 2017 [07:16 PM]

U.S. airlines have received some well-deserved criticism lately for their routine mistreatment of customers. Their sins include, but are not limited to: overbooking; tinier and tinier seats; bigger disparities between the comforts of first class swells and the human cargo…

OUR VIEW: The state's broke! Let's consider all possibilities
icon Posted: 11 May 2017 [07:15 PM]

On Wednesday, we learned just how dire the state’s budget situation is. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered $33.5 million in immediate cuts, and added that he wanted to use the state’s entire $235 budget reserve fund to balance the current…

YOUR VIEW: Proposed Wheeler renovation 'over the top'
icon Posted: 11 May 2017 [07:14 PM]

Plainville To the Editor: Well, folks, some people have no problem spending other people’s money. We have the architect of the Wheeler renovation project, who would seem to say: the higher the cost of the project, the more money they…

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