Editorials


Top Story

POWELL: Marijuana legislation suggests House Dems are already high

By CHRIS POWELL With Connecticut sure to struggle with the virus epidemic for many more months and state government sinking deeper into the financial disaster caused by the epidemic and government's response to it, it is amazing that the most…

icon Posted: 30 November 2020 [08:47 PM]

Recent Headlines

Friday 11/27/2020
POWELL: Housing lawsuit distracts; and Osten's trivial pander
icon Posted: 27 November 2020 [08:41 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Many people want to get out of Hartford, just as many people already have gotten out, the city having lost a third of its population since 1950. The problem for the people who still want to get…

Wednesday 11/25/2020
POWELL: Overlooked telling details invite virus policy rethink
icon Posted: 25 November 2020 [08:02 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Amid the growing panic fanned by news organizations about the rebound in the virus epidemic, last week's telling details were largely overlooked. First, most of the recent "virus-associated" deaths in Connecticut again have been those of frail…

Tuesday 11/24/2020
Monday 11/23/2020
POWELL: Censoriousness veers left; and Senator Murphy's Vietnam
icon Posted: 23 November 2020 [08:00 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Not so long ago censoriousness was a phenomenon of the political right. Mere liberals were called communists and spies and drummed out of their jobs. The political right sought to ban books and writers as subversive or…

Sunday 11/22/2020
POWELL: Even hospital capacity can't be state's primary objective
icon Posted: 22 November 2020 [09:15 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Maybe it will turn out to be only a fluke, but amid the renewed panic about the virus epidemic there is some interesting detail in the monthly death statistics of the state Department of Public Health. In…

Wednesday 11/18/2020
POWELL: Underneath the epidemic, economic disaster for state
icon Posted: 18 November 2020 [04:39 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL His handling of the virus epidemic has doubled Governor Lamont's public approval rating, giving him more fans than detractors. But judging from recent developments that are being overshadowed by the epidemic, the governor could be forgiven if…

Monday 11/16/2020
POWELL: Why should public cheer next education secretary?
icon Posted: 16 November 2020 [08:36 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Many teachers around the country are cheering the forthcoming change in national administration  because Betsy DeVos will be replaced as secretary of the U.S. Education Department. DeVos, an heiress and philanthropist, has been a fan of charter…

Thursday 11/12/2020
POWELL: 'Take back our grid'? That will be the day
icon Posted: 12 November 2020 [08:13 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL After the supposedly slow response by Eversource Energy and United Illuminating to the widespread electricity outages in Connecticut caused by the tropical storm in August, there were calls for state government to take over the electricity distribution…

Tuesday 11/10/2020
POWELL: Too much voting by mail risks integrity of elections
icon Posted: 10 November 2020 [04:29 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL After warning that the U.S. Postal Service might sabotage the vast increase in voting by mail for last week's national election, leading Democrats in Connecticut are renewing their calls for allowing everyone to vote by mail just…

Sunday 11/08/2020
POWELL: Serious cases, not tests, should measure epidemic
icon Posted: 08 November 2020 [07:36 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Everybody in Connecticut is tired of the virus epidemic, and no one is more entitled to be tired of it than Governor Lamont. It has devastated the finances of state government, commandeered its management, crippled education at…

Tuesday 11/03/2020
POWELL: 'Connecticut commitment' isn't for poor college kids
icon Posted: 03 November 2020 [09:01 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL When he was inaugurated as president of the University of Connecticut a year ago, Thomas C. Katsouleas made a grand gesture. He said that henceforth the university would waive tuition for new students from families with annual…

Monday 11/02/2020
POWELL: Politics gets more corrupt and takes journalism along
icon Posted: 02 November 2020 [07:51 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL For four years any disparaging story about President Trump has been touted by national news organizations even if its source was anonymous. Of course given his business record and character it is easy to believe almost any…

Sunday 11/01/2020
POWELL: Weakening police immunity isn't clear and needs review
icon Posted: 01 November 2020 [07:52 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Sailing against a heavy political wind, Republican candidates for the General Assembly have been heartened by the vigorous endorsements they are getting from police unions, which this year have broken away from the government employee union apparatus…

Thursday 10/29/2020
POWELL: Stop scaring Connecticut; and Murphy The Red Baiter
icon Posted: 29 October 2020 [09:11 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Every day Governor Lamont conscientiously reports the "positivity rate" of coronavirus tests administered in Connecticut, and news organizations report it as if the state's fate hangs on the data. Lately the "positivity rate," the percentage of tests…

What is probate?
icon Posted: 29 October 2020 [09:07 PM]

By ROBERT A. SCALISE, JR. In Connecticut, the Probate Courts handle a variety of matters including guardianships, emancipation and adoption of children, conservatorships, mental health commitments and guardianships of persons with intellectual disabilities. However, when most people think of “Probate”…

It's time to review your Medicare coverage
icon Posted: 29 October 2020 [09:05 PM]

By SEEMA VERMA Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment season is underway, and I want to encourage all people with Medicare to review their current health and prescription drug coverage. Under President Trump’s leadership, Medicare Advantage Plan premiums have fallen to historic…

Wednesday 10/28/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote Russell for state representative
icon Posted: 28 October 2020 [09:21 PM]

By BOBBY BERRIAULT To the Editor: I am proud to support Alden Russell for state representative in the 24th district. As a fellow commissioner in New Britain, I saw firsthand how hard-working and caring Alden is. He cares about…

YOUR VIEW: Vote yes to repair, maintain Southington's roads
icon Posted: 28 October 2020 [09:17 PM]

By MARK J. SCIOTA To the Editor: On Nov. 3, 2020, there will be a $10 million referendum for road improvements on the ballot. If approved, it is a serious responsibility to utilize these funds as effectively as possible.…

Tuesday 10/27/2020
YOUR VIEW: Much of our future is on the table
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:28 PM]

By NATHAN “NATE” SIMPSON To the Editor: Reflecting on my own coronavirus exposure, I wish to send those who reached out another round of thanks along with a message to the community. With all that has changed this year,…

YOUR VIEW: Vote Sanchez for state representative
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:26 PM]

By PAUL ZAGORSKY To the Editor: I write in support of Emmanuel “Manny” Sanchez as New Britain state representative. He has served the city’s interests well as an alderman for 10 years and will do so as state representative.…

YOUR VIEW: Vote yes to repair Southington's roads
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:20 PM]

By CHRIS PALMIERI To the Editor: I would like to share my support for the $10 million roads improvement referendum in Southington. This is the next step in a long-range plan to improve our 214 miles of this…

YOUR VIEW: I'm supporting Fortier for state senate
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:18 PM]

By ROSEMARY MORANTE To the Editor: I am writing in support of Mary Fortier, an outstanding candidate for the state senate in the 31st District. Mary has been elected to multiple terms on the Bristol City Council. She is…

YOUR VIEW: Let's vote to re-elect Martin to state senate
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:15 PM]

By MATT BENNETT To the Editor: I’m writing in support of Senator Henri Martin who is seeking re-election in Connecticut’s 31st Senatorial District which includes Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston. I moved to Bristol a couple of years…

YOUR VIEW: Some more balance would be nice
icon Posted: 27 October 2020 [09:13 PM]

By DONALD CHAMBERLIN To the Editor: I believe some balance must be added to the op-ed article in the Thursday Oct. 22, 2020 Herald entitled, “Why Senate Republicans deserve to lose a number of seats.” Contrary to what the article…

Monday 10/26/2020
YOUR VIEW: We need to make sure we keep our communities safe
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [09:08 PM]

By JHADY RIOS To the Editor: As a New Britain worker, I’m seeing firsthand even more endangered streets and shooting throughout Connecticut. If you live or work in New Britain, you know if you feel safer today walking down…

YOUR VIEW: Vote Turco for state representative
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [09:05 PM]

By SANDY NAFIS To the Editor: I am so pleased once again to support Gary Turco for re-election as our state representative for the 27th District. I have known Gary for more than 16 years from my work as…

YOUR VIEW: Vote yes to repair, maintain our roads
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [09:03 PM]

By VICTORIA TRIANO To the Editor: “Shall the Town of Southington appropriate $10 million for cost related to the 2020-2021 road and bridge improvement program and authorize the issue of $10 million bonds and notes to finance the appropriation?” I…

YOUR VIEW: Support Southington's road referendum
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [09:02 PM]

By TOM LOMBARDI To the Editor: I am writing in support of the referendum question for infrastructure (roads and bridges) upgrades. The $12 million investment would be allocated over a period of four years and would provide the majority…

YOUR VIEW: Pick Sullivan for Congress
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [09:01 PM]

By HELEN BERGENTY To the Editor: I am supporting David X. Sullivan to represent us in the United States Congress. David supports commonsense law and order, not anarchy. This is the kind of representation we need in Washington…

YOUR VIEW: Vote Martin, Petit into public office again
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [08:59 PM]

By HELEN BERGENTY To the Editor: I am urging my fellow residents of Plainville to support the re-election of both Henri Martin to represent us in the state senate and Dr. William Petit to represent us in the state House…

YOUR VIEW: I'm supporting Trump for re-election
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [08:56 PM]

By CASSANDRA CLARK To the Editor: I am supporting the re-election of President Donald Trump. He turned the American economy around when the pundits said it couldn’t be done. He has cut down on the number of illegal…

POWELL: Spite all state Republicans, get tolls and higher taxes
icon Posted: 26 October 2020 [08:53 PM]

By CHRIS POWELL Should every Republican on the party's ticket with President Trump this year be defeated if he won't denounce or at least criticize the president for his demeanor, policies or both? That's the suggestion of New London Day…

Sunday 10/25/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote Russell for state representative
icon Posted: 25 October 2020 [09:00 PM]

By THOMAS A. TALALAJ To the Editor: Another election season is upon us this year and the date is approaching us quickly. Today, I want to ask the voters in district one in the city of New Britain to…

YOUR VIEW: Vote yes to repair, maintain our roads
icon Posted: 25 October 2020 [08:57 PM]

By MIKE SEL SANTO To the Editor: This Election Day, the taxpayers of Southington have a very important decision to make. We need to decide whether or not to spend $10 million to repair and/or replace hundreds of miles…

YOUR VIEW: Pick Russell for state representative
icon Posted: 25 October 2020 [08:52 PM]

By ALDEN RUSSELL To the Editor: My name is Alden Russell and I am running for state representative for the 24th district, New Britain/Newington. I have been involved in city politics for more than five years and lived in…

YOUR VIEW: Support Sanchez for state representative
icon Posted: 25 October 2020 [08:49 PM]

By KEITH EBOW-SAM To the Editor: I’m supporting Bobby Sanchez for state representative and suggesting other people support him as well. He supports and tries to benefit other people who are in need or can’t afford important things like high…

What are the goals you want to achieve?
icon Posted: 25 October 2020 [08:35 PM]

Jimmy Buffett once sang, "We all got 'em, we all want 'em. What do we do with 'em?" Although he was talking about relationships, the same could be said about goals. Many people have goals, and many people want…

Tuesday 10/20/2020
Monday 10/19/2020
YOUR VIEW: Angelico-Stetson for state rep
icon Posted: 19 October 2020 [09:03 PM]

By Mike Urrunaga To the Editor: I like to elect leaders I know will get things done. That is why I am endorsing JoAnn Angelico-Stetson as our representative in the state house. JoAnn’s extensive experience in business coupled with…

Sunday 10/18/2020
YOUR VIEW: Vote Veach for state representative
icon Posted: 18 October 2020 [08:50 PM]

By SALVATORE BORDONARO To the Editor: Donna Veach is a great candidate who will work hard towards restoring fiscal sanity in this state. As a business and community leader, Donna has the experience and toughness to fight for us.…

YOUR VIEW: Make sure to vote Sullivan for Congress
icon Posted: 18 October 2020 [08:48 PM]

By NANCY L. JOHNSON To the Editor: I write in enthusiastic support of David Sullivan for 5th District Congressman. He listens well, acts effectively and brings to Washington a desperately needed problem-solver approach. He is an active listener, listening…

Thursday 10/15/2020
YOUR VIEW: Elect Lopes to the state senate
icon Posted: 15 October 2020 [09:13 PM]

By DAVID PRICE To the Editor: The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and has not been raised since 2009. Individuals working 40 hours a week at that amount cannot support themselves let alone their families. That’s why Connecticut…

YOUR VIEW: Make sure to vote Martin for state senate
icon Posted: 15 October 2020 [09:12 PM]

By JEFFREY CAGGIANO To the Editor: Senator Henri Martin should be re-elected to the state Senate. His strong commitment to our district has been consistent. Henri has worked to keep individuals and families financially intact, both before and during the…

Wednesday 10/14/2020
YOUR VIEW: We need Sullivan in Congress
icon Posted: 14 October 2020 [09:18 PM]

By MARIANNE HEFFERNAN To the Editor: When I was a newspaper reporter, I met a fierce defender of justice. He was a relentless assistant U.S. Attorney who started his days earlier than anyone I knew, and ended them late.…

YOUR VIEW: Veach is the right candidate to choose
icon Posted: 14 October 2020 [09:16 PM]

By TIM GRADY To the Editor: Once again it’s election year and once again the Democrat candidate for the 30th House seat, JoAnn Angelico-Stetson is running from her own progressive liberal agenda. Less than a year ago she authored…

YOUR VIEW: Make sure to vote Martin for state senate
icon Posted: 14 October 2020 [09:15 PM]

By JACOB ROCCO To the Editor: Senator Henri Martin understands the needs of locally owned small businesses. He has been a part of the Bristol business community for years and is the man to represent Bristol in the 31st Senate…

Tuesday 10/13/2020
YOUR VIEW: I'm voting to re-elect Martin
icon Posted: 13 October 2020 [08:18 PM]

By DANNY CARRIER To the Editor: State Senator Henri Martin has been a strong advocate for our public schools here in Plainville. We need a voice like Sen. Martin’s representing us in Hartford. That’s why I am voting to re-elect…

YOUR VIEW: Sullivan is my choice for U.S. representative
icon Posted: 13 October 2020 [08:16 PM]

By GAYLE DENNEHY-CARRIER To the Editor: I am supporting David Sullivan to be our next United States Representative because he is for the rule of law not the rule of the mob. That’s why Connecticut’s Fraternal Order of Police has…