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OUR VIEW: A never-ending tragedy

It’s happened again. Another high profile criminal case and then, someone writes a book. Perhaps the first one to the printer was Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” which was published in 1966 as a “non-fiction novel.” Then it was…

icon Posted: 20 August 2018 [07:30 PM]

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Sunday 08/19/2018
THEIR VIEW: Ex-CIA director is not Trump's real victim
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:54 PM]

When President Donald Trump last month threatened to punish one of his critics, former CIA director John Brennan, by taking away his security clearance, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dismissed the threat with a wry smile. Mere “trolling,” he said,…

THEIR VIEW: Florida should repeal stand-your-ground law
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:51 PM]

Tampa Bay Times on Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law: Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe made a reasonable decision to charge Michael Drejka with manslaughter in last month’s deadly Clearwater convenience store parking lot confrontation. The shooting, which erupted over use of a…

Mr. President, a dog has to resent all these attacks
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:50 PM]

OK, we get it. President Donald Trump really doesn’t like dogs. On Tuesday, the president uncorked a favorite epithet for fired White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. She’s “that dog.” “When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and…

Revocation of security clearances is like the travel ban
icon Posted: 19 August 2018 [08:47 PM]

President Donald Trump’s decision, announced Wednesday, to revoke the security clearance held by former CIA Director John Brennan demonstrates that the president has learned the lesson of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the travel ban case, Trump v. Hawaii:…

Friday 08/17/2018
YOUR VIEW: Streets should be named after honorable people
icon Posted: 17 August 2018 [05:04 PM]

Patricia Karwoski, Farmington To The Editor: Dispelling the false myth about Paul Manafort Senior It continues to baffle me as to why the media continues to give such a positive impression of the former New Britain Mayor…

YOUR VIEW: This teacher should be elected to Congress
icon Posted: 17 August 2018 [05:03 PM]

Liz Aaronsohn, Ed.D. Associate Professor Emerita Teacher To the Editor: You would think that sometime within a 53-year teaching career, I’d have met a few Teachers of the Year. Nope. Not until this past week,…

YOUR VIEW: Pulaski Middle School needs facelift
icon Posted: 17 August 2018 [05:03 PM]

Joe Arnone, New Britain To The Editor: The last time I voted at the Pulaski Middle School site, I noticed the disrepair involving the doors to the entrance allotted for voting in that district. They were in…

THEIR VIEW: Trump must stand with our allies against Russia
icon Posted: 17 August 2018 [05:02 PM]

The Trump administration’s new sanctions against Russia, imposed last week in response to the poisoning in the U.K. of a former Russian spy and his daughter, are welcome. They are also confusing, contrasting as they do the words and behavior…

Thursday 08/16/2018
THEIR VIEW: Bullying them into silence
icon Posted: 16 August 2018 [07:09 PM]

When White House counsel Donald McGahn asked White House staff to sign nondisclosure agreements, he reportedly assured them that, though President Donald Trump insisted on them, they were unenforceable. Yet on Tuesday, Trump’s campaign filed an arbitration action against…

Wednesday 08/15/2018
OUR VIEW: President Trump, the press is a vital American institution
icon Posted: 15 August 2018 [07:19 PM]

The Willimantic Chronicle Donald Trump isn’t the first U.S. president to clash with the American press. In fact, one cannot call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. home without having regular disagreements with those whose job it is to decipher the truth. After…

THEIR VIEW: Church criminality
icon Posted: 15 August 2018 [07:13 PM]

The Catholic church’s decades-long practice of enabling and systematically covering up the rape and molestation of children by priests is by now sickeningly familiar. Yet the scale of abuse; the breadth and depth of trauma inflicted by predators wearing Roman…

Tuesday 08/14/2018
THEIR VIEW: Keeping the peace
icon Posted: 14 August 2018 [07:42 PM]

It was a gratifying reaffirmation of American values when thousands of protesters turned out Sunday to denounce the few dozen white-nationalist bigots who rallied across from the White House on the anniversary of last year’s mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia. It…

Monday 08/13/2018
THEIR VIEW: 'Medicare for all' plan is bad medicine
icon Posted: 13 August 2018 [08:34 PM]

Imagine a world in which the rosy assumptions Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., makes on behalf of his “Medicare for all” health-care plan turn out to be true. That is what Charles Blahous, a professor at George Mason University’s libertarian-leaning Mercatus…

Sunday 08/12/2018
THEIR VIEW: Human rights are everyone's business
icon Posted: 12 August 2018 [08:54 PM]

Saudi Arabia has offered a telling response to Canada’s complaint about the arrest of two prominent female activists, Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah. The Saudi Foreign Ministry protested that Canada was engaging in “blatant interference in the Kingdom’s domestic affairs”…

Trump's views on water and wildfires are all wet
icon Posted: 12 August 2018 [08:52 PM]

The Washington Post As if water and wildfire policies in the West weren’t contentious enough, President Trump decided to toss confused and ill-conceived tweets into the mix over the past few days, reigniting fights over water and land use in…

The growing urban-rural divide in politics
icon Posted: 12 August 2018 [08:50 PM]

The Washington Post Tuesday was another Election Day in the United States, and the marquee showdown was a special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district. At the time of writing, the race was still too close to call . But…

The greatest good for endangered species
icon Posted: 12 August 2018 [08:48 PM]

The Washington Post A modern vision of conservation is one that uses federalism, public-private partnerships and market-based solutions to achieve sound stewardship. These approaches, combined with sensible regulations and the best available science, will achieve the greatest good in the…

Friday 08/10/2018
THEIR VIEW: The excuse for reckless violence
icon Posted: 10 August 2018 [07:04 PM]

The surveillance video from the parking lot of the Circle A in Clearwater, Florida, leaves little to the imagination: Britany Jacobs and two of her children were waiting in a car for her boyfriend, Markeis McGlockton, and their 5-year-old son…

Thursday 08/09/2018
THEIR VIEW: Trump's tariffs fill swamp
icon Posted: 09 August 2018 [06:00 PM]

In a well-functioning modern economy, businesses are generally free to buy and sell the things they need, absent a compelling public need for government intervention. By that definition, the United States does not, at the moment, have a well-functioning modern…

Wednesday 08/08/2018
THEIR VIEW: It isn't the ACLU's job to reunite families
icon Posted: 08 August 2018 [06:10 PM]

As one strolls the stately streets of Washington, D.C., taking in the breathtaking scale and august architecture of the federal government’s multifarious departments, agencies and commissions - more than 430 of them, by some estimates - one can only stand…

Tuesday 08/07/2018
YOUR VIEW: Candidate dedicated to protecting Medicare Savings
icon Posted: 07 August 2018 [07:35 PM]

To The Editor: No one is immune to the struggles that a health crisis can cause, and I believe the right to affordable, job protected medical treatment during these crises is a fundamental human right. No matter where we stand…

YOUR VIEW: Report: Wage hikes mean fewer jobs for teens
icon Posted: 07 August 2018 [07:34 PM]

To The Editor: While new jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the teen unemployment rate is near historic lows, there’s a dark side to these numbers. Just one in three teens either has a job or…

YOUR VIEW: Lesser focused on student debt issue
icon Posted: 07 August 2018 [07:33 PM]

To The Editor: As a student at the University of Connecticut, I face the same steep concerns about loan debt and my future that other students across Connecticut and most of the nation are feeling. For the vast majority…

OUR VIEW: Internet justice?
icon Posted: 07 August 2018 [07:33 PM]

Southington’s POP Squad claims to have exposed another alleged sexual predator. Police acknowledged they are investigating a former swim coach in both the Plainville and Bristol school districts after the Prey on Predators Squad website posted a video of…

Monday 08/06/2018
OUR VIEW: An urban problem that begs for a solution
icon Posted: 06 August 2018 [07:03 PM]

Panhandling is a growing problem in many cities and towns throughout the Northeast and Bristol and New Britain are not immune to it. On any given day individuals holding cardboard signs or a paper cup can be seen at intersections,…

Sunday 08/05/2018
OUR VIEW: The GOP and tax-cut politics
icon Posted: 05 August 2018 [08:29 PM]

Congressional Republicans are worried that their huge 2017 tax cut isn’t resonating with voters. So they’re doubling down by pushing for another big tax cut in September. It’s much more a political gambit than an economic one. With the assent…

Don't believe the spin: Trump hates free trade
icon Posted: 05 August 2018 [08:24 PM]

If there is one constant in President Donald Trump’s worldview, going back decades, it is his opposition to free trade. As noted by Andrew McKevitt in The Post’s Made by History section, in 1988 Trump was complaining that one of…

Warnings from North Korea make negotiation more urgent
icon Posted: 05 August 2018 [08:23 PM]

North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, seems determined to turn down the heat in the conflict over his nuclear weapons. Kim seeks survival of his dynastic regime; his country remains an economic basket case; he longs for regional respect…

Friday 08/03/2018
OUR VIEW: How much is too much for school supplies?
icon Posted: 03 August 2018 [07:43 PM]

The new public school year in central Connecticut begins in about four weeks. And while most youngsters want summer break to last forever, the reality is that the first day of school is coming up quickly. Along with a new…

Thursday 08/02/2018
YOUR VIEW: Million-dollar toll study is excessive and irresponsible
icon Posted: 02 August 2018 [07:36 PM]

Francesca Heap, Plainville To The Editor: Regarding your article of July 26th, “Highway toll study is funded,” it is appalling the State’s Bond Commission just spent 10 million dollars of taxpayer money merely to study bringing back…

YOUR VIEW: Gerratana a champion for those with ASD
icon Posted: 02 August 2018 [07:36 PM]

Lynn Ricci, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hospital for Special Care, New Britain To The Editor: Accountability matters to state Sen. Terry Gerratana, especially when it comes to meeting the needs of Connecticut residents with…

THEIR VIEW: The toughest job in the world? Working for Trump
icon Posted: 02 August 2018 [07:35 PM]

Working for the White House is always tough, and working for President Donald “You’re Fired” Trump must be a nightmare. He repeatedly undermines his Cabinet secretaries - criticizing them in public, blindsiding them with impulsive policy changes, and far too…

Wednesday 08/01/2018
YOUR VIEW: 'We The People' need better representation
icon Posted: 01 August 2018 [07:50 PM]

Harold Douglas, Bristol To The Editor: A crystal ball has been dusted off at the capitol and apparently Gov. Malloy along with the Bond Commission have predicted that the new governor of Connecticut requires an additinal toll…

THEIR VIEW: Congress goes silent on U.S. border crackdown
icon Posted: 01 August 2018 [07:49 PM]

When the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection appeared at a Washington, D.C., forum the other day to discuss his agency - which was instrumental in the Trump administration’s family separation debacle - the toughest moments he faced came…

Tuesday 07/31/2018
THEIR VIEW: Reporters stand together against Trump clampdown
icon Posted: 31 July 2018 [07:10 PM]

Of all the mind-dizzying hypocrisies that have emanated from President Donald Trump’s communications office, it is hard to find any more outlandish than claiming to “support a free press” while barring a reporter from an open White House event simply…

Monday 07/30/2018
THEIR VIEW: Firearms problem is about to go 3-D
icon Posted: 30 July 2018 [06:49 PM]

Many U.S. states have been making progress against gun violence, passing laws that make it harder for the most dangerous people to get hold of firearms. Those gains are in jeopardy thanks to new technology and Washington’s failure to grapple…

Sunday 07/29/2018
OUR VIEW: Too many opioid pills
icon Posted: 29 July 2018 [08:56 PM]

Enormous effort and expense have been devoted to initiatives designed to reduce opioid overprescribing, including prescription monitoring programs, clinical practice guidelines and physician education on pain management and on addiction. A new Yale University research study of almost 3,000 patients…

CHRIS POWELL: Can't pledge? Then resign.
icon Posted: 29 July 2018 [08:54 PM]

Even the first American patriots might defend Haddam Selectwoman Melissa J. Schlag’s right not to salute the flag with the Pledge of Allegiance but instead to kneel in protest of President Trump’s policies, no matter if her kneeling is just…

The reason CNN's Cohen scoop might hurt Trump
icon Posted: 29 July 2018 [08:52 PM]

President Donald Trump rage-tweeted an adamant denial of CNN’s explosive scoop Thursday night, which reported that estranged lawyer Michael Cohen is prepared to testify that Trump knew of and approved the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting before it happened. Trump…

U.S. faces sticky wicket with Pakistan's incoming PM
icon Posted: 29 July 2018 [08:49 PM]

Pakistan’s probable incoming prime minister campaigned as a maverick challenging an entrenched and corrupt political elite. But Imran Khan, who on Thursday claimed victory in his country’s parliamentary elections, is not exactly an outsider. He is indeed an enemy of…

Friday 07/27/2018
YOUR VIEW: Art museum has much to offer
icon Posted: 27 July 2018 [06:22 PM]

To The Editor: Summer is in full swing and we have a lot going on at the NBMAA! I encourage you to visit us and recharge with the arts. We have several exhibitions now on view that explore local art-making…

OUR VIEW: Spending $10M to study tolls is foolish
icon Posted: 27 July 2018 [06:21 PM]

Gov. Dannel Malloy has given the taxpayers of Connecticut a going away gift. The state Bond Commission approved the governor’s $10 million feasibility study to look at the impact of placing tolls on some state highways on Wednesday. “The item…

Thursday 07/26/2018
YOUR VIEW: Questions surround Bristol magnet school
icon Posted: 26 July 2018 [06:48 PM]

To The Editor: It looks like a magnet school for the arts is really going to happen and that concerns me. We know so little about a project that will have a huge impact on the Bristol school system…

THEIR VIEW: Don't look away now
icon Posted: 26 July 2018 [06:47 PM]

By now, almost 63 years later, the story of what happened to Emmett Till is known in all its horrible detail. The 14-year-old African-American child from Chicago was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi. After he supposedly flirted with a white…

Wednesday 07/25/2018
THEIR VIEW: Expelled LGBTQ migrants are in danger
icon Posted: 25 July 2018 [06:08 PM]

In the 1990s, the United States was among the first countries to start granting sanctuary to LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers fleeing persecution stemming from their sexual orientation or gender identity in their home countries. Now the Trump administration, intent…

Tuesday 07/24/2018
YOUR VIEW: Trinity-on-Main is a community gem
icon Posted: 24 July 2018 [06:19 PM]

To The Editor: Kudos to Trinity-on-Main in downtown New Britain for having the show of shows July 21, with The Celtic Tenors performing live on stage. The “Tenors” have performed all over the world and have been seen on…

OUR VIEW: Hurricane Maria was a disaster, so is FEMA
icon Posted: 24 July 2018 [06:19 PM]

Why is the federal government so inept at disaster relief? Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans in 2005. The initial emergency response was a travesty. The hurricane caused a reported $100 billion in damage and killed more than 1,800 people.…

Monday 07/23/2018
OUR VIEW: Foundation empowers women of the future
icon Posted: 23 July 2018 [06:46 PM]

Spring, summer and fall are the key seasons for 5K run and walk events that benefit charities in Central Connecticut. From New Britain’s Race in the Park, benefiting the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative in May; to the Annual Mum-A-Thon 8K…

Sunday 07/22/2018
THEIR VIEW: Drug prices are still too high
icon Posted: 22 July 2018 [09:08 PM]

It has been two months since the president released his road map for lowering drug costs that seems to lead nowhere, and about a month since he predicted the “big drug companies” would announce “voluntary massive” price cuts. Here’s where…