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THEIR VIEW: Evil then vs. evil now

Let’s leave the Nazi comparisons where they belong - to history. In an example of historical ignorance or political lunacy, Michael Hayden recently fired off a tweet blasting the Trump administration for removing the children of illegal immigrants from their…

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Thursday 06/21/2018
CHRIS POWELL: Back to the future in Connecticut
icon Posted: 21 June 2018 [09:30 PM]

Within living memory there was frequent passenger railroad service north and south out of Hartford, and the railroad company, the New York, New Haven, and Hartford, known simply as the New Haven, was as famous as any. Thanks to Hartford-born…

Trump brings the politics of cruelty to the forefront
icon Posted: 21 June 2018 [09:28 PM]

The Washington Post It is fitting that President Donald Trump has been forced into retreat by babies. Cruelty should never be mistaken for strength. Trump’s own confusion on that point was evident on Wednesday, as he announced that he would…

A diverse student body adds value to campus life
icon Posted: 21 June 2018 [09:27 PM]

The Washington Post The controversy over race and admissions at elite educational institutions is heating up. Harvard University is under pressure to stop discriminating against Asian-Americans, who make up a smaller percentage of its student body (22.2 percent) than their…

Wednesday 06/20/2018
YOUR VIEW: It's not about water, it's about a quarry
icon Posted: 20 June 2018 [07:07 PM]

By To The Editor: I read with interest the comments of Ramon Esponda, New Britain’s Acting Deputy Director of Public Works-Utilities Division, in response to the Water Plannning Council’s finding that the Lenard…

THEIR VIEW: Trump Foundation is the president's piggy bank
icon Posted: 20 June 2018 [07:06 PM]

They say no good deed goes unpunished. But what if the deeds weren’t good at all? The New York attorney general’s office is no stranger to going after charities that have behaved badly. But current Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s extensive,…

Keep your guard up while driving this summer
icon Posted: 20 June 2018 [07:03 PM]

At this time of the year, drivers are accustomed to hearing the plea “drive safely and defensively.” Of course, that reminder is appropriate every day of the year. But information contained in a June 1 Wall Street Journal article adds…

Domino's fixing potholes is an ominous sign
icon Posted: 20 June 2018 [07:02 PM]

I recently noticed a string of interesting news stories, all with the same theme. Domino’s Pizza is donating money to 20 U.S. cities, to be used for fixing potholes and cracked roads. Salesforce has donated $1.5 million to reduce homelessness…

'Space Force' label brings back 'separate but equal'
icon Posted: 20 June 2018 [07:00 PM]

The Washington Post The latest policy proclamation from President Donald Trump: “We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the ‘Space Force’ - separate but equal, it is going to be something so important.”…

Tuesday 06/19/2018
Fox News is No. 1 thanks to Trump
icon Posted: 19 June 2018 [06:57 PM]

By: Michael Reagan You wonder why Fox News is Number One in cable? It’s because CNN, MSNBC, NBC and the rest are so relentlessly negative about Donald Trump they force people to watch Fox to find out…

Yet another Russia contact with the Trump campaign
icon Posted: 19 June 2018 [06:56 PM]

By: The Washington Post Hardly a day goes by in which President Donald Trump fails to call the Russia probe a “witch hunt.” Yet barely less frequent are the reminders of his damaged credibility on the subject.…

We should be talking about suicide
icon Posted: 19 June 2018 [06:55 PM]

By: The Providence Journal Two much-admired celebrities took their lives this month, a stark reminder that emotional pain isn’t bound by class, fame or wealth. It can disable anyone among us, persuading us that our lives aren’t…

YOUR VIEW: Regionalization would save state money
icon Posted: 19 June 2018 [06:53 PM]

By: William Wixon, Kensington To The Editor: Everyone knows and realizes that our state government is in a downward spiral of financial disaster. Why is this happening? In simple terms, spend more than you receive. The submissive…

THEIR VIEW: Cruelty at the border
icon Posted: 19 June 2018 [06:51 PM]

By: The Washington Post President Donald Trump’s policies at America’s southern border are cruel and unnecessary. This is widely recognized: Many Republicans are now among those objecting to the measures. For once, the president needs to heed…

Monday 06/18/2018
More libraries are going fine-free; that's good for everyone
icon Posted: 18 June 2018 [07:05 PM]

By: The Washington Post In an era when e-books and new forms of entertainment have threatened to drive down library use, public libraries are increasingly looking to modernize and innovate. Some have turned to e-books or digital…

Comey made the same error everyone made
icon Posted: 18 June 2018 [07:03 PM]

For former Clinton campaign staff like me, the Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the Clinton email investigation is an experience of frustrating vindication and mouth-dropping irony. It is somewhat satisfying to see the inquiry conclude that James Comey “clearly…

Pollution in polar ice is live-blogging human history
icon Posted: 18 June 2018 [07:01 PM]

By the dawn of the 20th century, when the first humans set foot on Antarctica’s seemingly pristine ice cap, pollution had beaten them there. Lead and other heavy metals quickly amassed in the ice in 1888 and beyond, leaving a…

THEIR VIEW: Making sure opioids get lost in the mail
icon Posted: 18 June 2018 [07:00 PM]

By: The Washington Post Like all drug scourges, the fentanyl epidemic that claims so many lives on a daily basis is a matter of supply and demand. The demand, alas, is made in America. The supply, by…

Sunday 06/17/2018
THEIR VIEW: Many senior care facilities in Florida lack generators
icon Posted: 17 June 2018 [09:15 PM]

The horrific scenes from a South Florida nursing home, where 12 residents perished in the sweltering heat after Hurricane Irma knocked out power to the facility, will haunt Floridians for a long time to come. But the broad, sweeping rules…

CHRIS POWELL: Schools, parents and student discipline
icon Posted: 17 June 2018 [09:14 PM]

Columnist Underneath the sudden controversy between Governor Dannel Malloy and teachers over school discipline is the failure of government policy to diminish family poverty. No good will come of the discipline controversy because this underlying problem cannot be officially discussed.…

Departing Republican: We've been part of a cult
icon Posted: 17 June 2018 [09:12 PM]

The Washington Post By Jennifer Rubin Frustrated by his Republican colleagues’ refusal to vote on his amendment to roll back President Donald Trump’s tariffs, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., fessed up on Wednesday: “We’re in a strange place. It’s becoming a…

Ohio's voter-roll purging may be legal; that doesn't mean it's right
icon Posted: 17 June 2018 [09:12 PM]

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld an Ohio law that allows state officials to purge voters from voter registration lists for dubious reasons. This is now a case of the law permitting one thing and common sense recommending another. Just…

Friday 06/15/2018
YOUR VIEW: Conn. residents should support anti-gun bill
icon Posted: 15 June 2018 [08:21 PM]

By: Sean Sullivan, Berlin To The Editor: The pressing issue of gun violence in schools and on campuses around the country is currently being addressed by United States legislators, and with the community’s support, can get…

YOUR VIEW: We can all help end global poverty
icon Posted: 15 June 2018 [08:18 PM]

By: Marie Gigliotti, New Britain To The Editor: Our representatives have done much to improve foreign aid, including supporting acts that treat preventable diseases in other countries, as well as other legislations of that kind.…

The reasons why Wall Street isn't freaking about Trump
icon Posted: 15 June 2018 [08:16 PM]

Ominous headlines have dominated the news since Donald Trump was elected president. A parade of unprecedented events, ranging from trade wars to mind-bending changes in the western alliances, have many on edge. But not investors. If there is a single…

President Trump visits a North Korean fantasyland
icon Posted: 15 June 2018 [08:14 PM]

WASHINGTON - One of the costs of the Trump Era is that all opinions become suspect because, even more than usual, everything is seen through the prism of whether you are for or against the president. Consequently, criticism of Trump…

THEIR VIEW: The Trump flip-flop
icon Posted: 15 June 2018 [08:13 PM]

By: The Washington Post Over the past couple of days, President Donald Trump has made a number of false statements regarding North Korea and his summit meeting with its leader, Kim Jong Un. Some of these may…

Thursday 06/14/2018
The night an F-bomb exploded and rattled an audience
icon Posted: 14 June 2018 [07:05 PM]

In “Lysistrata,” the smash-hit musical of 411 B.C., Artistophanes turned antiwar politics into sexy comedy, which gives an idea of just how long dramatists have been milling fine plays from heavy issues. In New York today, theater patrons can experience…

THEIR VIEW: An endangered free press
icon Posted: 14 June 2018 [07:03 PM]

By: The Washington Post The seizure of phone and email records from a reporter for the New York Times, Ali Watkins, raises serious questions. In the previous administration, Justice Department guidelines were published to guard against overreach…

The incredible power and influence of fathers
icon Posted: 14 June 2018 [07:01 PM]

My 84-year-old father still asks me why I did it. The “incident,” as my family refers to it, dates back to 1973, when my father remodeled our basement into a family room. The project included a small bathroom, which would…

Blessed that Bush 41 is still here
icon Posted: 14 June 2018 [07:01 PM]

They come less and less frequently now, because fewer and fewer of their subjects remain. With the youngest now in their 90s, obituaries of the World War II generation strike some of us with a special poignancy. They evoke thoughts…

Wednesday 06/13/2018
THEIR VIEW: Pope opens his eyes
icon Posted: 13 June 2018 [07:47 PM]

The world has heard it again and again - heartfelt, ringing pledges by Pope Francis and his predecessors that the Vatican, at long last, has gotten the message on the global epidemic of clerical sex abuse. These often have been…

How will Republicans cut?
icon Posted: 13 June 2018 [07:46 PM]

All four of the candidates for the Republican nomination for governor who participated the other night at a forum in New Haven struck satisfactory poses against raising taxes and imposing tolls. The four -- Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton,…

Ode to Trump and the era of grumpy old men
icon Posted: 13 June 2018 [07:45 PM]

The United States is a country dominated by grumpy old white men. Instead of yelling at kids to get off their lawn or to turn down the music, they yell at women, immigrants, foreign leaders and anyone else who wants…

Tuesday 06/12/2018
YOUR VIEW: Students should learn about the Holocaust
icon Posted: 12 June 2018 [09:33 PM]

To The Editor: While Chris Powell’s columns usually contain some good insights into state government, his column of Monday May 14 missed the mark by a wide margin. In that column he callously equates requiring genocide studies in public schools…

Trump and Kim met as fellow celebrities
icon Posted: 12 June 2018 [07:33 PM]

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un didn’t agree on anything of global importance, and the grandiose photo opportunity that took place in Singapore probably benefited Kim more than it did Trump. But the beauty of the moment is…

Trendy bans on plastic straws are mostly garbage
icon Posted: 12 June 2018 [07:32 PM]

New York’s top cocktail bars are facing something of a crisis. A fashionable global protest movement has nightlife venues scrambling to replace their plastic straws with more sustainable alternatives, such as paper ones, on the theory that doing…

Canada has every right to be insulted
icon Posted: 12 June 2018 [07:31 PM]

“There’s A special place in hell” for leaders such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on “Fox News Sunday.” This, as President Donald Trump was about to sit down with the…

THEIR VIEW: Student absenteeism must be addressed
icon Posted: 12 June 2018 [07:29 PM]

Maine’s soaring rate of chronic absenteeism points to the need for early and individualized intervention. Butch Pratt, longtime truancy officer for the Lewiston school district, writes down his number and a note to leave on the door of…

Monday 06/11/2018
THEIR VIEW: A suicide wakeup call
icon Posted: 11 June 2018 [09:27 PM]

Days after the suicide of renowned fashion designer Kate Spade, chef and world-traveling TV storyteller Anthony Bourdain was found dead in a hotel room in France, another apparent suicide. Spade was 55, Bourdain was 61, and the tragedy of their…

KATHLEEN PARKER: To my dear friend Charles Krauthammer
icon Posted: 11 June 2018 [09:24 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Charles Krauthammer, a man who has beaten unbelievable odds and overcome obstacles that would defeat most mortals, has finally encountered one foe over which he says he can’t claim victory. In a note to readers…

MAX BOOT: Trump turns the G-7 into the G-6 vs. G-1
icon Posted: 11 June 2018 [09:24 PM]

The Washington Post By Max Boot Shortly after Donald Trump won the South Carolina primary in February 2016, I warned in an article co-written with economist Benn Steil that “a Trump presidency threatens the post-World War II liberal international…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Yes, bullies are still out there
icon Posted: 11 June 2018 [09:22 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, Why do people have to bully? Janice. – An angry high school student. Janice, I don’t blame you for a single second about being indignant. Everyone should be well…

Supreme Court's decision was half-baked
icon Posted: 11 June 2018 [09:21 PM]

We all should be concerned and a bit alarmed that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the much-followed “cakeshop” case, siding with the bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in 2012. In Masterpiece Cakeshop…

Sunday 06/10/2018
YOUR VIEW: Plainville firefighters need your support
icon Posted: 10 June 2018 [09:10 PM]

By To The Editor: The Plainville Town Council is asking voters and eligible taxpayers to support the replacement of two fire trucks at a referendum to be held on June 19th. The appropriation is to…

THEIR VIEW: A school violence study without guns?
icon Posted: 10 June 2018 [09:08 PM]

“An interesting concept.” That was the wry observation by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to the disclosure that the federal commission on school safety established in response to the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre will study gun violence without actually looking…

Food labels are one size fits all
icon Posted: 10 June 2018 [09:07 PM]

All the sugar that is ever going to be in maple syrup - real maple syrup - is there when the sap runs off the tree on a warm spring day. So why would it ever need a label saying…

Bill Clinton's 'all-about-me' TV moment
icon Posted: 10 June 2018 [09:05 PM]

When I watched Bill Clinton’s appearance on the “Today” a promotional stop that turned into an unexpected reckoning with #MeToo, one thing leaped out at me: The former president wouldn’t say Monica Lewinsky’s name. It didn’t seem possible. I watched…

If happiness is what you seek, then head for the hills
icon Posted: 10 June 2018 [09:04 PM]

In my experience, the study’s findings are true. According to The Washington Post, the Vancouver School of Economics and McGill University have determined that people who live in rural areas and small towns are happier than those who live in…

Friday 06/08/2018
THEIR VIEW: Financial danger signs
icon Posted: 08 June 2018 [09:05 PM]

America’s economy is in robust condition, as new Labor Department data showing unemployment at 3.8 percent confirms. America’s long-term finances, however, are not in such good shape, as another federal report, this one out Tuesday from the trustees…

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