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THEIR VIEW: No place to hide

It is doubtful that ISIS - the Islamic State terrorist organization - was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a…

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Monday 11/11/2019
THEIR VIEW: The cartelization of Mexico
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [09:22 PM]

The slaughter last Monday of three Mormon women and six children, all American citizens who were longtime residents of Mexico, brings home a cruel reality of America’s neighbor to the south. Drug gangs control huge swathes of the country, and…

Virginia's political transformation is complete
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [09:20 PM]

The Washington Post Tuesday night saw the completion of Virginia’s transformation from red to blue, as Democrats took control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time in a generation. The shift began a decade ago at…

Senate must not legitimize sham impeachment
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [09:19 PM]

Special To The Washington Post There are three paths before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when it comes to any articles of impeachment the House of Representatives eventually sends the Senate’s way. One is short: a quick dismissal by the…

Sunday 11/10/2019
Trump, Republicans are weak, even on friendly turf
icon Posted: 10 November 2019 [06:40 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Going into Tuesday night, if you were a swing-state progressive, it was pretty easy to be discouraged about the state of the presidential race. But the extraordinary happened: Democrats romped in the Philadelphia suburbs and upended the political…

OK, boomer. The kids are fighting back with two words
icon Posted: 10 November 2019 [06:39 PM]

The Washington Post Two words have launched a thousand tweets and opened a new front in the generational wars. Feeling completely clueless? OK, boomer. The New York Times and NBC News last week picked up a trend from high-school halls…

Friday 11/08/2019
What President Trump's climate surrender means for the world
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:17 PM]

The Washington Post This week, President Donald Trump made it official. He confirmed his country’s plans to officially withdraw from the Paris climate accord in a year’s time - that is, a day after the 2020 presidential election. The action…

Is America racist? It absolutely is not.
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:16 PM]

Guest commentary At the University of Connecticut two students recently shouted racial and ethnic epithets that were not directed at any specific individuals. Nothing in what has been reported about the incident indicates that the students intended physical harm to…

THEIR VIEW: Europe tried, rejected the wealth tax
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:16 PM]

Editorial Bernie Sanders often points to Europe as his economic model, but there’s one lesson from the continent that he and Elizabeth Warren want to ignore. Europe has tried and mostly rejected the wealth taxes that the two presidential candidates…

THEIR VIEW: Right to privacy
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:14 PM]

Editorial A little over a year ago, the Canadian non-profit Citizen Lab released a damning report into the activities of NSO, an Israeli software development company. NSO makes a programme called Pegasus, which it sells to governments. This programme is…

Thursday 11/07/2019
Ending DACA would be bad for the health of America
icon Posted: 07 November 2019 [05:23 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the legal battle over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 2012 policy that has temporarily protected from deportation many undocumented individuals who were brought to…

The Republicans have a suburbs problem
icon Posted: 07 November 2019 [05:22 PM]

The Washington Post “Suburbs” covers a wide array of locales. It can conjure up images of leafy neighborhoods, deep front yards and two-car homes. These suburbanites think of themselves as “upper middle class” but occupy the top 5% of earners.…

Wednesday 11/06/2019
Plutocrats are getting very worried, angry over Elizabeth Warren
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:09 PM]

The Washington Post Elizabeth Warren may or may not be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, but the Massachusetts senator’s recent strong performance has America’s plutocrats in a tizzy. Her policy proposals have them angry and afraid. But what…

Why can't we manage wildfires in California?
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:09 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Tens of thousands of acres scorched by unstoppable wildfires. Thousands of people evacuated from their homes near San Francisco and Los Angeles. Electricity shut off to millions to prevent hurricane-strength Santa Ana winds from downing transmission wires and…

THEIR VIEW: Political hardball in DC
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:08 PM]

Editorial The impeachment fat was already in the fire. Last week’s partisan vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives to proceed with a formal impeachment process produced a roaring blaze. It won’t be long before the impending conflagration starts…

THEIR VIEW: DeVos gives for-profit colleges a free pass
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:07 PM]

Editorial In recent years, few companies have earned more deserved scorn than for-profit colleges. Unscrupulous educational chains have collapsed from mismanagement, saddled students with mountains of debt and paid out vast sums in consumer-fraud settlements - including $25 million by…

Tuesday 11/05/2019
President Trump's mole hunt is really getting out of hand
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [10:07 PM]

The Washington Post What should we make of Anonymous? No doubt you recall the mysterious Trump administration insider who contributed an unsigned opinion article to The New York Times last year. The gist of it was: Don’t worry, America! Your…

THEIR VIEW: Now we're watching
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:46 PM]

Thursday’s vote was a defining moment for every member of the divided U.S. House of Representatives. The approved legislation formally authorizes and articulates guidelines for the next phase of the House’s impeachment inquiry against President Trump. History was watching, especially…

THEIR VIEW: Inmate health bill warrants easy passage
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:44 PM]

Congress, whose approval rating hasn’t topped 30% in more than a decade, has been offered a chance to prove it can accomplish something despite the chaos that is the Trump presidency. New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster has teamed up with…

This Nov. 11, help stem the tide of veteran suicides
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:40 PM]

Cagle Cartoons The numbers are sobering, but we can do something about them. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report says nearly 6,200 veterans took their own lives in 2017 – and more than 6,000…

Monday 11/04/2019
For Trump, there's hints of trouble in ethanol country
icon Posted: 04 November 2019 [06:00 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Democratic congressional candidate J.D. Scholten rumbled his RV to a stop in the gravel a mile east of Pomeroy, Iowa, (pop. 612) on Tuesday. A man got out of a car blocking the road ahead…

Don't let China steal the march on cryptocurrency
icon Posted: 04 November 2019 [05:59 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Chinese President Xi Jinping wants his country’s economy to become the world’s largest within our lifetimes. He may succeed, thanks ito the desire of western business to sell goods and services to the nearly 2 billion people who…

Sunday 11/03/2019
A pink ribbon becomes a pink blindfold to breast cancer
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [07:24 PM]

The Washington Post As we wrap up another National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s tempting to look around and feel proud. Athletes are wearing pink jerseys, and everything from rosé to tacos is for sale in service of the cause.…

The word Trump should never use: 'Lynch'
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [07:24 PM]

Cagle Cartoons When I hear the word “lynch,” I immediately think of the black experience of torture, persecution and dehumanization that was so prevalent in the first half of the last century in the American south. I also think of…

Friday 11/01/2019
Every House Republican just ignored their oaths of office
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [01:59 PM]

The Washington Post It was a sad spectacle, a confirmation that not a single House Republican (even those who are retiring) appreciates his/her oath of office, that not a single Republican can step away from partisanship and look to the…

Twitter's refusal of political ads beats Facebook's plan
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [01:58 PM]

The Washington Post It’s always hazardous to ascribe motivations of altruism to a tech titan. They are driven by many things - mostly money, power and avoiding regulation - and if what’s right for society enters into their thinking, it’s…

THEIR VIEW: Climate change is here
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [01:57 PM]

Editorial California is in a state of emergency. Since early October, millions of people in the northern and southern parts of the state have had their electricity shut off to prevent downed power lines from setting off deadly fires, like…

THEIR VIEW: Lessons from the ISIS raid
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [01:57 PM]

Editorial There is much to say about the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and even more to learn. Begin with congratulations to the unknown military and intelligence personnel who pulled it off. The skill and bravery…

Thursday 10/31/2019
YOUR VIEW: Why did the budget go over?
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:46 PM]

To The Editor: For months there have been arguments about the Newington town hall referendum overrun, what the legal experts say about it, how Newington residents feel about it. I think we are missing a step. None of the editorials…

Wednesday 10/30/2019
YOUR VIEW: Vote to protect the planet
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:55 PM]

To the Editor: New Britain’s election is coming up Tuesday, November 5th. I am hoping voters remember that Republican Mayor Erin Stewart pushed proposals that would have had devastating impacts on our environment. Just a few years ago, during…

YOUR VIEW: Vote for Marocchini and the Democrats
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:52 PM]

To The Editor: As we move through the local election cycle, I have researched Beth DelBuono’s voting record. Beth says she supports education, is a speech pathologist and served some years ago on our Board of Education. HOWEVER, her voting…

THEIR VIEW: Mike Pence is wrong
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:44 PM]

Editorial The more undisciplined President Donald Trump becomes in his scattershot defenses of his behavior toward Ukraine, the more robotically Vice President Mike Pence seems to stay on message. Unfortunately, that message is an indefensible falsehood. During a television interview…

YOUR VIEW: Cast your vote for Bill
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:43 PM]

To The Editor: I have known Bill for more than 25 years and I could not be more honored to call him friend. I met Bill when he was the Oncology Nurse for a friend of mine who was receiving…

Why the UK repeatedly stumbles on Brexit
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:34 PM]

Cagle Cartoons MAGA hat owners would feel right at home on the streets of London. Moseying along wary of a sneak attack by leftist thugs, they’d be secure in the knowledge that in the UK - just as in the…

THEIR VIEW: Argentina doesn't need more false promises
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:33 PM]

Editorial Sunday’s win by Alberto Fernandez, the presidential candidate of Argentina’s Peronists, has sparked talk of a return to the country’s storied left-wing populism. Yet it’s hard to move left - or right, or anywhere - when you’re boxed in…

Tuesday 10/29/2019
YOUR VIEW: Jim Marocchini is my pick for mayor
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:08 PM]

By To the Editor: Jim Marocchini is my pick for Mayor! I have known Jim for over 30 years and have watched him grow into a caring husband and father, a disciplined Project Manager and…

YOUR VIEW: New Britain, vote for Mayor Stewart
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:07 PM]

By To The Editor: On November 5th the voters of New Britain will go to polling districts to elect other citizens to lead this City. I encourage them to cast a solid vote for the Stewart…

YOUR VIEW: Elected officials need to be civil
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:06 PM]

By To The Editor: Last Saturday I attended the League of Women Voters “debate” at Trinity on Main. There was a pretty good crowd and much enthusiasm on both “sides of the aisle”. All was civil…

Al-Baghdadi's death will bring Iraq no deliverance
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:03 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion By rights, the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi should have been met with celebrations in the land of his birth. After all, Iraq has endured more suffering than any other nation - and bears more scars -…

YOUR VIEW: Vote for Rebecca Martinez
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:02 PM]

By To The Editor: On November 5th, I ask that Plainville voters support the election of Rebecca Martinez to a seat on the Board of Education. Rebecca has dedicated herself to public service in several youth…

YOUR VIEW: Check your voting status
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:01 PM]

By To The Editor: Election Day is around the corner: Know your voting status. Election Day is almost here. As November 5th approaches we, along with other Connecticut Registrars, want to make sure you’re registered to…

THEIR VIEW: The world is losing the fight against disease
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [06:59 PM]

The threat of a disease disaster has arisen in the past two decades in an unfortunate cycle of panic followed by neglect. The panics have been real: the anthrax letters; severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East Respiratory syndrome, both…

Monday 10/28/2019
Do you have a favorite Halloween ghost story? Share it
icon Posted: 28 October 2019 [07:51 PM]

Cagle Cartoons I’m not proud of it, but I haven’t visited the now-disheveled cemetery on the hillside behind my late father’s childhood home in more than 40 years. Willie Nelson was right when he mused, “Ain’t it funny how time…

Big companies can take big steps to save species
icon Posted: 28 October 2019 [07:51 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Before our eyes, nature is vanishing faster than we might have imagined. The bird population in the U.S. has fallen by more than 30% in the past 40 years, as have insect populations in Germany. In the U.K.,…

Sunday 10/27/2019
Zuckerberg flounders before Congress
icon Posted: 27 October 2019 [07:11 PM]

The Washington Post To hear Mark Zuckerberg tell it, Facebook’s interest in setting up the digital currency Libra comes from a place of selflessness, of concern for the world’s poor and underserved. “There are more than a billion people around…

The last hurray for Greece
icon Posted: 27 October 2019 [07:11 PM]

Very early in the morning of October 28th 1940 the Greek Prime Minister, Ioannis Metaxas, was awakened by a persistent knock at his door by the Italian Ambassador in Athens. The Fascist representative of the dictator Mussolini handed him the…

Friday 10/25/2019
YOUR VIEW: Vote Jim Marocchini for mayor
icon Posted: 25 October 2019 [02:37 PM]

To The Editor: Jim Marocchini is the most suitable candidate for the position of Mayor for the Town of Newington. He has the necessary personal characteristics to move the town forward. Jim is intelligent, personable and willing to work…

YOUR VIEW: Thank you, Rita, for your kindness
icon Posted: 25 October 2019 [02:37 PM]

To The Editor: I was in Price Chopper in Newington today and when checking out, there was a nice lady in front of me who was just for her items when she whispered something to the cashier who pick up…

YOUR VIEW: Parents need to be good role models
icon Posted: 25 October 2019 [02:36 PM]

To The Editor: One of the main on-going concerns for many parents is problems associated with alcohol being abused by their children or other children. Parents can be proactive by getting involved in alcohol abuse prevention efforts. Parents can teach…

YOUR VIEW: Edward Reid's Aug. meeting shouldn't have been canceled
icon Posted: 25 October 2019 [02:36 PM]

To The Editor: The article by Michelle Jalbert published in the New Britain Herald on Aug. 22, 2019, titled: “New Britain’s Gen. Haller Post cancels guest speaker amid backlash “described the events in relation to a planned meeting with Edward…

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