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Number of state employees down, but costs are still up
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Governor Dannel Malloy likes to boast that his administration has shrunk state government’s workforce by about 3,200 positions since he took office in 2011. But the Waterbury Republican-American’s Paul Hughes reported this week that the total annual cost…

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Thursday 08/17/2017
Our View: Corporate leaders stand up for American values
icon Posted: 17 August 2017 [08:13 PM]

This week, the corporate leaders of America took a stand - one that had nothing to do with economic gain. In doing so, they assured the nation that they are, indeed, Americans first, dedicated to the welfare of this country.…

We should insist on a higher moral standard
icon Posted: 17 August 2017 [08:12 PM]

To the Editor: Last week in Charlottesville, Virginia, under the pretense of protesting the removal of a statue, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK coordinated an assault on the principles and values upon which our nation is founded. The response…

Trump's hatred of the media is ruining his judgment
icon Posted: 17 August 2017 [08:10 PM]

What would possess the president of the United States, after he finally called out white supremacists Monday, to return a day later to the flimsy position that attracted so much criticism in the first place? Part of the answer is…

Google is right to focus on bias against women in the workplace
icon Posted: 17 August 2017 [08:09 PM]

We’re having the wrong conversation about women in tech. We need to decouple two very different issues that have arisen amid the commotion about diversity at Google: biological differences between genders, and bias against females working in tech and more…

Wednesday 08/16/2017
A good call on China
icon Posted: 16 August 2017 [08:00 PM]

For all his talk during the 2016 campaign about taking on China for “stealing” American jobs, President Donald Trump has hardly launched the trade war against Beijing that many feared. He has not slapped across-the-board tariffs on Chinese goods; he…

You can't be an American & fly the Confederate flag
icon Posted: 16 August 2017 [08:00 PM]

OUTSIDE WINCHESTER, Va. - We were driving up Interstate 81 last Sunday afternoon, the radio on, the sun setting into the hills, when we passed a tractor-trailer truck, and saw Old Glory proudly snapping in the strong wind behind the…

Standing up to Trump is good for business
icon Posted: 16 August 2017 [07:59 PM]

Merck Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier deserves congratulations for resigning from a White House business council to protest President Donald Trump’s shameful response to last weekend’s white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. So do two other CEOs who followed his example.…

OUR VIEW: Watching out for Grandma and others
icon Posted: 16 August 2017 [07:57 PM]

We were charmed by the picture on the front page of Wednesday’s Polish section - a traffic sign bearing the silhouette of a grandmother with a walking cane and the admonition: Drive like your Babcia lives here. It is,…

Tuesday 08/15/2017
Some questions for Republican would-be tax reformers
icon Posted: 15 August 2017 [07:58 PM]

This was the month that Republicans were going to sell voters on tax reform. Instead, President Donald Trump took a “working vacation” at his New Jersey golf resort, threatening to obliterate North Korea. His tax-reform point men, Treasury Secretary Steve…

Countries must cooperate to stop terrorism spread in Asia
icon Posted: 15 August 2017 [07:57 PM]

The influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group is spreading not only in the Middle East, but also in Asia. Countries concerned must deepen their cooperation to block the group’s move to create a stronghold…

YOUR VIEW: Local 'politicos' invited to Crocodile Club reunion
icon Posted: 15 August 2017 [07:56 PM]

By To the Editor: On Thursday, Aug. 24, the Crocodile Club will hold its 136th reunion dinner at Lake Compounce. This dinner commemorates Gad Norton’s successful petition to the state legislature to relocate a portion of…

OUR VIEW: A health care alternative that's worth considering
icon Posted: 15 August 2017 [07:54 PM]

U.S. Rep. John B. Larson and other Congressional colleagues are proposing the “Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act,” a bill that, in Larson’s words, improves on the successes of the Medicare program and provides Americans ages 50 to…

Monday 08/14/2017
OUR VIEW: It's time again to speak up for peace in America
icon Posted: 14 August 2017 [09:14 PM]

It would be no exaggeration to say that we are stunned by what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. And, perhaps even more stunned that the violent white supremacist sentiment that we glimpsed during last year’s presidential campaigns is laced…

GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: The passing moments of parenting
icon Posted: 14 August 2017 [09:13 PM]

Everyday life makes it difficult to appreciate the preciousness of everyday moments. However, every now and then, the beauty and specialness of the moment hits us, and we momentarily realize that these moments, like our small children crawling into our…

Ad: Trump 'enemies' -- Democrats, media -- impeding his progress
icon Posted: 14 August 2017 [09:11 PM]

A new television ad unveiled Sunday by President Donald Trump’s campaign accuses “the president’s enemies” of trying to undermine his success in office. The 30-second spot, produced six months into Trump’s term, targets Democrats and the news media, and touts…

Not the continuation of an old fight, but something new
icon Posted: 14 August 2017 [09:10 PM]

My heart goes out to the families of the three who died in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. My head reaches out toward the question of what’s to be done, but my heart knows few are ready yet for solutions. The…

Memo to Trump: These aren't 'bad hombres'
icon Posted: 14 August 2017 [09:08 PM]

President Donald Trump vowed to deport “bad hombres” - undocumented immigrants with criminal records whose presence in this country is an unquestioned burden and menace. Instead, his administration has been content to seize and expel a teenage soccer star and…

Sunday 08/13/2017
OUR VIEW: Next week, a chance to shop tax-free under $100
icon Posted: 13 August 2017 [08:44 PM]

For a brief moment next week, we won’t have to pay sales tax on clothing and footwear priced under $100. The respite, between Aug. 20 and 26, is billed as a break for parents trying to meet the needs…

Standing up for liberal democracy
icon Posted: 13 August 2017 [08:41 PM]

The Washington Post What is the single most important issue before us? To ask the question is either to invite scoffing (how can any one issue be described in this way?) or to call forth a cacophony of replies.…

What a truly presidential president would have said
icon Posted: 13 August 2017 [08:36 PM]

Here is what President Donald Trump said Saturday about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, sparked by a demonstration of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members: We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry…

Saturday 08/12/2017
Our View: There's no easy solution to the nation's opioid crisis
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [08:45 PM]

Editorial For years, state and national leaders have struggled to find ways to stem the deadly opioid epidemic. A change in tactics is now placing greater emphasis on those who seek to profit from the addiction of others. As the…

E.J. Dionne: Must Trump always divide us?
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [08:43 PM]

Columnist If ever there was a foreign policy issue around which our nation should be united, it’s the nuclear threat from North Korea. Many regimes deserve to be called “criminal,” but few more so than Kim Jong Un’s. Human Rights…

Michael Reagan: The many follies of appeasement - and the remedies
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [08:29 PM]

Columnist Haven’t we’ve learned yet that appeasement doesn’t work? I’m not talking about when the weak-kneed leaders of Britain and France went to Munich in 1938 and essentially gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler to buy a brief period of peace before…

Chris Powell: Don't get emotional about loss of GE and Aetna HQs
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [08:28 PM]

Columnist Having spent the last several decades capitulating to its government and welfare classes and squandering its advantages over other states, Connecticut has a lot to apologize for and correct. But it shouldn’t feel quite so bad about the departure…

The Trump Justice Department joins the crusade to shrink the vote
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [08:24 PM]

THE Washington Post The idea that voting should be encouraged, and voter registration simple, has been a touchstone of federal law for decades. That idea is now under assault by Republicans in statehouses across the country and,…

The Trump administration's attack on science isn't going very well
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [08:23 PM]

Columnist The first 200 days of the Trump administration have been marked by direct and consistent confrontations with the scientific community, and no area of science has been targeted more explicitly than climate science. The administration has proposed drastic cuts…

Friday 08/11/2017
Our View: Whether for 'joy' or profit, car thefts are on the rise
icon Posted: 11 August 2017 [08:22 PM]

Editorial It’s an old, old story. It’s summer and thieves are active. As Herald reporter Christie Stelly told us Friday, Connecticut - and, in particular, New Britain, Newington and Bristol - are seeing car thefts spiking. But not all…

Their View: Murphy leads 'Buy American' movement
icon Posted: 11 August 2017 [08:19 PM]

THE Day (New London) In search of legislative victories, President Trump should move beyond executive orders in pushing his “Buy American” agenda. In doing so he would find plenty of bipartisan support, including from U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy,…

Trump ignores his own experts' advice on opioids
icon Posted: 11 August 2017 [08:17 PM]

Credit President Trump with appropriate timing. On the day that updated government statistics confirmed that deaths from opioid overdoses continued to set records in 2016, he convened a meeting on the issue at his New Jersey vacation spot. Whatever welcome…

Thursday 08/10/2017
Our View: Climate change is now a factor in governing
icon Posted: 10 August 2017 [08:30 PM]

The New Britain Common Council took a step in the right direction Wednesday when members adopted a resolution to the municipal code of ordinance, giving city leaders the ability to impose emergency water use restrictions - something that some neighboring…

Trump's immigration vision isn't the Reagan way
icon Posted: 10 August 2017 [08:25 PM]

It was not that long ago that a Republican presidential candidate vowed that “we will make America great again.” His name was Ronald Reagan, and he made that promise to restore American greatness at the most appropriate place he could…

This is how bad things could get if Trump denies climate change
icon Posted: 10 August 2017 [08:24 PM]

Over the next week or so, the Trump administration must decide whether to approve or suppress a major federal climate change report. Though scientists have signed off on its findings, including that the average U.S. temperature has spiked in the…

Wednesday 08/09/2017
Actually, Republicans are standing up to Trump
icon Posted: 09 August 2017 [08:11 PM]

The diligence of congressional Republicans in holding Donald Trump’s presidency in check has so far inspired little confidence. Even some Republicans have been disappointed. “To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching…

Trump has us frightened about N. Korea
icon Posted: 09 August 2017 [08:11 PM]

A new poll from CBS News shows that 61 percent of Americans are “uneasy” about President Donald Trump’s ability to handle the North Korea crisis. Even among Republicans, more than 1 in 5 say they are uneasy. “Nearly three-quarters of…

OUR VIEW: Keeping our love affair with phones off the road
icon Posted: 09 August 2017 [08:09 PM]

You’d think it would be common sense - the idea that, when we are driving, we should be focused on what’s on the road, not what’s in our phone. But common sense doesn’t always prevail - unless the police are…

Tuesday 08/08/2017
Our View: Plymouth on the way to modernizing its government
icon Posted: 08 August 2017 [09:08 PM]

Plymouth is the latest area town looking to modernize its approach to governing. According to The Bristol Press, a public hearing will be held Thursday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m., in Town Hall, on proposed charter revisions, including streamlining the…

Can Congress pivot after the recess?
icon Posted: 08 August 2017 [09:08 PM]

The Senate adjourned for its August break on Thursday, closing an unproductive half-year that underscored a fundamental truth about U.S. politics: The country cannot be governed from the fringes. If much is to get done - and there is much…

The issue of college access isn't race, it's income
icon Posted: 08 August 2017 [09:06 PM]

The 200th day of Donald Trump’s presidency draws near, and his legislative failures have become all too apparent. What better time to change the conversation and re-energize the base? And what better way than by raising the lightning…

Breaking nicotine's grip
icon Posted: 08 August 2017 [09:05 PM]

The Food and Drug Administration unveiled last week what may be one of the most important public-health initiatives of this century: an ambitious long-term strategy to finally end tobacco’s cycle of addiction and death, a scourge that has taken the…

Monday 08/07/2017
Our View: Give me your strong, your educated ...
icon Posted: 07 August 2017 [10:23 PM]

President Trump has embraced the idea of a test for new immigrants where the prospective green card holders would be judged on their median salary, advanced degrees, ability to speak English and whether they are able to afford their own…

Maybe we should let kids climb trees!
icon Posted: 07 August 2017 [10:22 PM]

Parents, do you remember when we were young? Do you remember something we loved to do as young kids? That’s right! We loved to play in the great outdoors, didn’t we? Do you remember something that we loved to do…

One monument safe, another still at risk
icon Posted: 07 August 2017 [10:21 PM]

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced officially what he said informally a few weeks ago: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument has survived the review process intact. Still in Zinke’s sights is Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Geographically huge,…

Police chiefs need the freedom to weed out their bad cops
icon Posted: 07 August 2017 [10:20 PM]

“Police officers go into people’s homes . . . and they have the authority to take people’s freedom. And you’re going to return somebody into that role, somebody who has that responsibility and authority, and who’s been involved in extreme…

What Trump and Tillerson don't get about democracy promotion
icon Posted: 07 August 2017 [10:20 PM]

The State Department is reportedly considering a new mission statement that will make no mention of encouraging democracy abroad. A White House aide recently suggested similar thinking would guide the president’s pending National Security Strategy statement. If Trump administration officials…

Sunday 08/06/2017
Our View: Manufacturing, a door to a comfortable life
icon Posted: 06 August 2017 [07:50 PM]

Editorial There it was again, on the front page of Sunday’s Bristol Press - the urgent need for more skilled workers in manufacturing. Entry level jobs paying twice the minimum wage and still going begging. Big companies stealing employees from…

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