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THEIR VIEW: The politics of hate

The ability of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., to go low was pretty well demonstrated in August when he and his wife were indicted on federal charges of using campaign funds for personal expenses. There was no thought of stepping aside;…

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Wednesday 10/17/2018
Saudi Arabia's leader doesn't fear U.S. for a reason
icon Posted: 17 October 2018 [06:26 PM]

Intelligence reports suggest that Saudi Arabia killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate earlier this month, possibly on the orders of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. MBS, as he is known, insisted to President Donald Trump this…

Recent decisions have Google treading a dangerous path in China
icon Posted: 17 October 2018 [06:23 PM]

Google announced last week that it would not compete for a $10 billion cloud-computing contract with the Pentagon, claiming the work would conflict with its corporate values. Yet somehow that ethical high-mindedness does not seem to come into play as…

YOUR VIEW: Petit throws support behind Rackliffe
icon Posted: 17 October 2018 [06:21 PM]

To The Editor: I am writing to support Dave Rackliffe’s candidacy for state representative from Bristol. I have known Dave for 25 years. We worked together in the hospital system for years and I have always found him to be…

YOUR VIEW: State Rep. Lopes works hard for New Britain
icon Posted: 17 October 2018 [06:19 PM]

To The Editor: The 24th District Democratic state Rep. Rick Lopes has been an effective leader in his community on key issues over the last two years and deserves to be re-elected on Nov. 6. When it comes to…

YOUR VIEW: Dupont Funeral Home praised by family
icon Posted: 17 October 2018 [06:17 PM]

To The Editor: We would like to acknowledge Robert and Ryan Dupont of Dupont Funeral Home for the meticulous way they handled the preparation and arrangement of Jane Cyr’s recent funeral. Though some of the details were prearranged, when…

Tuesday 10/16/2018
THEIR VIEW: Solitary confinement is torture
icon Posted: 16 October 2018 [07:57 PM]

The Washington Post At many U.S. prisons and for too many years, the path of least resistance for disciplining unruly inmates has run directly to solitary confinement - and often it’s been a one-way trip. Prisoners who…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Paraeducators are adults with skills
icon Posted: 16 October 2018 [07:53 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, I don’t think I’m working effectively with my paraeducator. Do you have any suggestions? Vinnie W. - teacher Vinnie, your issue is very common and very important. The first thing I want…

Concerns over election security grow
icon Posted: 16 October 2018 [07:50 PM]

The Rutland Herald A poll released Wednesday suggests a strong majority of Americans do not trust the nation’s voting systems. With the midterm elections days away, Americans worry we still are vulnerable to hackers, according to the…

GOP's 'angry mob' rhetoric is a dangerous assault on Dems
icon Posted: 16 October 2018 [07:46 PM]

“YOU DON’T hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob,” President Trump tweeted this month. “Democrats have become too EXTREME and TOO DANGEROUS to govern.” Republicans have found themselves unable to gain traction…

Give it up Hillary: Your husband is a serial harasser
icon Posted: 16 October 2018 [07:44 PM]

There’s a particular hell we are all dragged back to with nearly every thoughtful #MeToo conversation, and that hell is Bill Clinton. Whether he was an abuser. Whether he was just a horndog. Whether women can still support him (Do…

Monday 10/15/2018
THEIR VIEW: Debt leads to disaster
icon Posted: 15 October 2018 [07:38 PM]

Of all the much-debated causes of the 2008 financial crisis, there’s one on which almost everyone agrees: U.S. homeowners took on debts that would have been affordable only in an improbably benign world. Ten years later, according to a…

U.S. needs to crack down on white-collar crime
icon Posted: 15 October 2018 [07:36 PM]

This has been a banner season for punishing white-collar crime. Guilty pleas by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer, and criminal convictions and additional guilty pleas in the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have…

Those on the left are the real bigots and homophobes
icon Posted: 15 October 2018 [07:33 PM]

The Democrats and their parrots and lapdogs in the liberal media never stop accusing people on the right of being racists, sexists and homophobes. But if you pay even the slightest attention to what the left says and does, you…

Hurricane Michael proves you can't mess with Mother Nature
icon Posted: 15 October 2018 [07:30 PM]

This past week was a grim one in climate history, by any measure. First, an international group of scientists released a long-anticipated report detailing in excruciating detail the extra damages we can expect unless we slam our foot on the…

Sunday 10/14/2018
THEIR VIEW: Get your flu shot
icon Posted: 14 October 2018 [08:14 PM]

The Quincy Herald-Whig: Flu season is a numbers game, and the top U.S. health officials say as more people get vaccinated against the likely strains the chances of a deadly flu outbreak decline greatly. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control…

YOUR VIEW: Aresimowicz represents Berlin with pride
icon Posted: 14 October 2018 [08:11 PM]

To The Editor: It is so important to re-elect Joe Aresimowicz this year. Joe has a proven record of delivering for us. He brings state grants to Berlin, keeping property taxes down, supports businesses, and brought $30 million for…

YOUR VIEW: Is 'white privilege' coming to your school?
icon Posted: 14 October 2018 [08:07 PM]

To The Editor: How many parents know that their kids may soon become subjects of a grand social experiment? The Bristol BOE has begun to embrace the theory of “White Privilege.” A workshop was conducted as a first step…

THEIR VIEW: We need internet privacy
icon Posted: 14 October 2018 [08:04 PM]

Many Americans responded to news that a Google+ bug exposed users’ personal data to developers with a shrug: Few internet users were active on the social media service anyway. Others replied with outrage at the company’s decision not to disclose…

We can't let e-cigarettes be an on-ramp for teen addiction
icon Posted: 14 October 2018 [07:59 PM]

At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are deeply concerned about the risks that e-cigarettes pose for children, given how quickly teenage use of these products has accelerated. Using a small battery to heat a liquid that contains…

Corporations shortening their names breeds confusion
icon Posted: 14 October 2018 [07:55 PM]

It seems that in the age of abbreviated communication, where “r u ok?” passes for a sentence, and KFC is a place that used to be called Kentucky Fried Chicken, the name Dunkin’ Donuts is simply too big a mouthful.…

Friday 10/12/2018
THEIR VIEW: The EPA we don't need
icon Posted: 12 October 2018 [08:48 PM]

Mercury is a noxious byproduct of burning coal. It contaminates fish and, in turn, people, leading to brain damage in infants and small children, as well as serious cardiovascular and central nervous system problems in adults. Restrictions on U.S.…

It's time to revisit the legacy of Columbus
icon Posted: 12 October 2018 [08:48 PM]

New Britain’s Mayor Erin Stewart said on Oct. 8, commemorating Columbus Day, that nobody should doubt “his influence on the world.” It is unfortunate and disappointing that she chose to honor a man whose true legacy is well-established now as…

YOUR VIEW: Cast your votes for Rep. Petit, Sen. Martin
icon Posted: 12 October 2018 [08:47 PM]

To The Editor: This letter is in support of state Rep. William Petit and state Sen. Henri Martin. State Rep. Bill Petit recently spoke at a program for school safety at Plainville High School. He has a thorough…

Turn outrage over Kavanaugh appointment into action
icon Posted: 12 October 2018 [08:45 PM]

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court’s legitimacy is in tatters. Conservative forces in the country, led by the Republican Party, have completed a judicial coup, decades in the making. Republicans rushed through Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to avoid the possible consequences of…

What Trump can do about Saudi Arabia and columnist Khashoggi
icon Posted: 12 October 2018 [08:45 PM]

When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who has been missing since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, we remain in the allegation-and-denial phase. The Turkish police allege murder, and the Saudi government denies foul…

Thursday 10/11/2018
USA Today gave Trump leeway, but he delivered deception
icon Posted: 11 October 2018 [09:54 PM]

By· Margaret Sullivan If there are any lingering questions about President Donald Trump’s relationship with the news media, they should have been answered this week. Appallingly but predictably, Trump for many days failed to express outrage or vow…

THEIR VIEW: Trump doubles down
icon Posted: 11 October 2018 [08:47 PM]

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh just finished with a tense, divisive confirmation process in which he stoked concerns that he is an instinctual partisan Republican. One would think the last thing he and his fellow members of the court…

YOUR VIEW: Help prevent domestic violence
icon Posted: 11 October 2018 [08:46 PM]

By To The Editor: October is Domestic Violence Month. Hopefully many of you in the community know it. If you’re in an abusive relationship or know someone who is, help them before they suffer the…

YOUR VIEW: Gary Byron champions senior causes
icon Posted: 11 October 2018 [08:45 PM]

By To The Editor: With unemployment at its lowest point in almost 50 years and record Dow Jones closings, one might say that the economy is booming. But Connecticut and its municipalities are struggling with…

YOUR VIEW: Adopt a pet or donate to your local shelter
icon Posted: 11 October 2018 [08:43 PM]

By To The Editor: October may be dominated by falling leaves and Halloween, but it’s also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Across the country, shelter dogs are looking for warm homes with owners who can provide…

Nikki Haley will be a hard act to follow
icon Posted: 11 October 2018 [08:41 PM]

Nikki Haley will be missed when she leaves her post as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. The question is whether President Donald Trump, and the person he chooses to succeed her, can learn from her hits and misses…

Wednesday 10/10/2018
Democrats won't pack the Supreme Court in 2021
icon Posted: 10 October 2018 [08:59 PM]

Jonathan Bernstein Bloomberg Opinion Democrats are already talking about the possibility of playing some serious constitutional hardball if they win back the White House and achieve House and Senate majorities in the 2020 election. The utmost example of this would…

Did Trump's approval of Saudi prince encourage lawlessness?
icon Posted: 10 October 2018 [08:31 PM]

By The Washington Post Two years ago it would have been inconceivable that the rulers of Saudi Arabia, a close U.S. ally, would be suspected of abducting or killing a critic who lived in Washington and regularly wrote for…

CHRIS POWELL: Lamont conflicts and contrasts
icon Posted: 10 October 2018 [08:04 PM]

Columnist Pouring more of his personal wealth into his campaign for governor, zillionaire Democrat Ned Lamont went on television the other day with a new commercial touting “change.” In the ad Lamont says he’ll cut property and small-business taxes, reduce…

Tuesday 10/09/2018
THEIR VIEW: We are killing the planet
icon Posted: 09 October 2018 [08:39 PM]

If anything, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has a habit of understatement. The U.N. group issues reports so thoroughly scrubbed that they seem cautious in the moment and downright timid in retrospect. That gives their latest and most…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Son needs education motivation
icon Posted: 09 October 2018 [08:37 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, do you have any advice for me to get my unmotivated boy moving now that he’s in high school? Ceceli, a frustrated mom Cecelia, it’s frustrating to see all the unused talent and potential…

YOUR VIEW: State Rep. Petit deserves your vote
icon Posted: 09 October 2018 [08:36 PM]

By To The Editor: Dr. William Petit has been a strong advocate for public health in the General Assembly. Dr. Petit’s experiences as a doctor gives him a unique perspective on the opioid crisis…

Nikki Haley escapes with her reputation intact
icon Posted: 09 October 2018 [08:34 PM]

Count me among those least surprised that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is departing. I’ve repeatedly urged she do just that to preserve her reputation and political viability and to get out before the special counsel’s report…

2018: Brutal year for journalists only getting worse
icon Posted: 09 October 2018 [08:32 PM]

It’s been a brutal year for journalists. Last week, prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to pick up some paperwork. He never returned home, and unnamed Turkish officials have said that he was killed…

Monday 10/08/2018
THEIR VIEW: Moving forward after the Kavanaugh battle
icon Posted: 08 October 2018 [08:12 PM]

The Senate voted Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, after one of the most contentious nomination battles in history and by the slimmest margin for a justice in the modern era. Now, difficult as this seems, it…

The planet is on a fast path to destruction
icon Posted: 08 October 2018 [08:10 PM]

The Washington Post After a week of dire news - the certainty of our ruptured nation, the likelihood of a journalist being murdered - the United Nation’s report on climate change was, for some people, a bridge too far. “I…

The West must stand vigilant against Russia's hired guns
icon Posted: 08 October 2018 [08:08 PM]

Twice in the past week, the swagger and malevolent intent of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have been on display. Investigators have revealed that Russia sent teams of military intelligence officers abroad in efforts to do harm: in one case by…

YOUR VIEW: Stop the Dems at the ballot box
icon Posted: 08 October 2018 [08:05 PM]

To The Editor: Stopping the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh was not about 35 year old, unsubstantiated charges of sexual assault, or heavy drinking in college, or throwing ice cubes in a bar, or any of the other claims against him.…

YOUR VIEW: There are plenty of bullies in politics
icon Posted: 08 October 2018 [08:03 PM]

To The Editor: Bullying: I know this is a subject that is brought up frequently in our schools to teach our children to respect each other. That each of us are unique, special and worthy of respect. Teaching them…

Sunday 10/07/2018
THEIR VIEW: Drug abuse isn't the only dangerous vice
icon Posted: 07 October 2018 [09:14 PM]

If you follow the news, you might think that the opioid overdose epidemic is our only drug-related public health crisis. To be sure, it is a serious problem that claims more than one life a day in Maine, affects nearly…

Trump and his friends really do avoid paying a lot of taxes
icon Posted: 07 October 2018 [09:12 PM]

As bad as you might think inequality is, the reality is it’s even worse for a very simple reason: Taxes really are only for the little people. By which I mean anyone who doesn’t have a net worth solidly in…

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