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OUR VIEW: Another step toward ensuring a valid vote

It may seem like a pain but an audit of the election just past is one of the necessary protections for our democratic system. We learned this week that Bristol’s Chippens Hill Middle School was selected in a random drawing…

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Thursday 11/16/2017
GOP tax plans mock conservative precepts
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

Republicans claim allegiance to two conservative principles supposedly at the heart of their key legislative initiatives. One is opposition to double taxation, the core of their case to repeal the estate tax. The other is that state and local governments…

Who will stand up to recklessness?
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

WASHINGTON - The GOP bill that should be called the Cut Taxes on President Trump and Other Very Rich People Act of 2017 always had a secondary purpose: to jack up the deficit so Republicans could later cry out in…

Yet another needless tragedy
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

So inured has this country become to mass shootings that when another person with a semiautomatic weapon goes on a rampage, we’re conditioned to focus on reactions, rather than root causes. In the case of an incident in Northern California…

Wednesday 11/15/2017
Our View: All they're asking for is a turkey and a donation
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:49 PM]

Perhaps because the warm weather lasted into November (and no one is complaining about that!), the holidays seem to be taking us by surprise. Next week is Thanksgiving and suddenly we’re all scrambling to get ready. In fact, one can’t-miss…

Tuesday 11/14/2017
This part of the GOP tax bill proves what it's really about
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:42 PM]

Republicans insist that their tax reform is designed to help the middle class and curb the use of tax loopholes. But a little-discussed provision tells a different story. That provision is the repeal of the alternative minimum tax, which would…

Trump's plan for domestic terror is MIA
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:42 PM]

In the wake of the Oct. 31 terrorist attack in New York City, it’s clear that time has run out for the Trump administration to develop, articulate and implement a real strategy to deal with domestic radicalization. Due to politics,…

Confessions of a baseball fan
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:41 PM]

I’ve been a Red Sox fan for as long as I can remember. The months from April to October always bring me great joy, with the opportunity to study and follow a team I get to know very well.…

OUR VIEW: Giving children the tools they need to feel safe
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:40 PM]

Something important happened at West Bristol K-8 School this week. On Tuesday, Bristol Press reporter Susan Corica told us that the school was giving children as young as 5 the tools to handle bullies - both those who attempt to…

Monday 11/13/2017
Our View: The voting is over; now it's time to come together
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:52 PM]

The headline in Monday’s Bristol Press caught our eye. It read: Plymouth mayor urges community to work together. The campaign in that town, like so many others this year, had been divisive and, in some cases, deliberately hurtful. All…

Sunday 11/12/2017
OUR VIEW: Father's not responsible for actions of son
icon Posted: 12 November 2017 [09:12 PM]

Last week, a local baseball fan proposed renaming Paul Manafort Drive, a street that had been given that name to honor a former mayor. The fan’s hope was to honor World Series baseball hero George Springer, a New Britain native…

Trump is the lapdog of China's Xi
icon Posted: 12 November 2017 [09:10 PM]

“The two-day trip was orchestrated to project the image of remote and absolute power that [Chinese President] Xi enjoys and [President] Trump admires. There were no protests, no questions from the press, no ordinary people - nothing but pleasantries and…

Republicans, polar bears and pedophiles, oh my!
icon Posted: 12 November 2017 [09:07 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore didn’t do what he’s…

Saturday 11/11/2017
Our View: Will men in power finally be held accountable?
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

It may an exaggeration to say that every woman who has ever worked for a living has encountered some form of sexual harassment - but only slightly. So, for most, the only surprise in the latest barrage of…

Friday 11/10/2017
Our View: Celebrate those who truly made our country great
icon Posted: 10 November 2017 [07:21 PM]

Today we observe Veterans Day, a once-a-year event when we celebrate the men and women who serve and protect our country with ceremonies and discounts at participating restaurants. Yes, there are many who would try to co-opt this special day…

Thursday 11/09/2017
Our View: Immigrants have a role to play in our state
icon Posted: 09 November 2017 [10:52 PM]

We are proud to say that Connecticut residents have not, for the most part, joined in the anti-immigrant sentiment that seems to have a grip on many of President Donald Trump’s supporters. But, we learned recently, there’s a good…

Wednesday 11/08/2017
OUR VIEW: Thank you to all who cared enough to run
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:49 PM]

Congratulations to all of Tuesday night’s election winners, and our sincere thanks to those who ran against them, allowing voters to exercise their right to participate in our democracy - a right that is not guaranteed in many other parts…

For some, fall means doing homework in the dark
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:48 PM]

For many people, fall is the best season of the year. The weather is cooler and there are brightly colored leaves on the trees, apples, pumpkin spice…and the kids are back in school! While being back in school can…

One year ago, Trump was elected
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:43 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - ‘Tis the season of looking back, which brings us inevitably to Election Day 2016. Donald Trump’s victory places last year as one of the most significant in modern American history. Not only did he change…

Northam's victory in Virginia
icon Posted: 08 November 2017 [08:40 PM]

The triumph of Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in Virginia’s gubernatorial election Tuesday was a victory of decency, civility and moderation over fear, dread and barely veiled racist coding. The outcome reinforced what has become Virginia’s quintessential, if imperiled, idea…

Tuesday 11/07/2017
A quarter-century of sexual harassment, Bubba to Trump
icon Posted: 07 November 2017 [07:31 PM]

WASHINGTON - Twenty-five years ago on Nov. 3, 1992, William Jefferson Clinton was elected president of the United States - and Hillary Clinton is still trying to take his place. As historians and pundits recall his third-way presidency, another slice…

OUR VIEW: Thanksgiving holiday returns to what it was meant to be
icon Posted: 07 November 2017 [07:30 PM]

For decades, Thanksgiving was a day for family, and a time to be grateful for our loved ones, our nation and our freedoms - think Norman Rockwell. In recent years, however, many retailers opened their doors on this holiday, hoping…

Monday 11/06/2017
Our View: Want change in your hometown? Go vote!
icon Posted: 06 November 2017 [07:53 PM]

Unless you are a true early bird, the polls should be open by the time you read this. Today is the day we choose our local leaders for the next two years: the mayors, aldermen, council and board members…

Their View: Retailers should learn from Amazon's convenience
icon Posted: 06 November 2017 [07:49 PM]

THE Concord Monitor Sometimes big problems - war, poverty, climate change, political incompetence - have to take a backseat to pet peeves. Today is such a day, a day to vent at being treated like a lab rat…

Sunday 11/05/2017
OUR VIEW: Now, before things get tense, let's talk budget
icon Posted: 05 November 2017 [09:31 PM]

Voters haven’t even cast their ballots in this year’s municipal election but a wide array of state politicians are already lining up for next year’s gubernatorial contest. Mayors from every corner of the state are vying for attention, while legislative…

Is cursing legal, even at police officers? Hell yes.
icon Posted: 05 November 2017 [09:31 PM]

Beware, ye foul-mouthed citizens of Fairfax County: The sensibilities of your police force are so delicate, their taste in language so virtuous, their ears so unsullied by rude speech that they regard the utterance of profanity as justification for a…

Me Too. Sexual violence and you.
icon Posted: 05 November 2017 [09:01 PM]

“Me too.” I posted those words on Facebook recently, along with what seems like every woman I know. A post went viral asking each woman to write the words “Me too” if she’d been sexually assaulted or harassed. A man…

Winter is coming along with cold and gloom
icon Posted: 05 November 2017 [09:00 PM]

Is it just me? Can you feel it, too? I don’t want winter to come this year. I don’t want the dark cold, and certainly don’t want the snow. But mostly, it is the sense of gloom I don’t want…

After soldiers were killed in Niger, a needed debate
icon Posted: 05 November 2017 [09:00 PM]

The death of four U.S. servicemen in Niger has prompted a flurry of questions inside and outside Congress about U.S. military operations in that country and in Africa more generally. Some seem misinformed: A couple of senators have protested that…

Saturday 11/04/2017
OUR VIEW: Resell, reuse, recycle is a really good idea
icon Posted: 04 November 2017 [10:38 PM]

“Resell, reuse, recycle’ read the headline on a Bristol Press story about an Imagine Nation tag sale. Reporter Kristin Gloss went on to explain that the museum does everything it can to avoid just tossing items it can…

Trump, the GOP, and the autocrat's playbook
icon Posted: 04 November 2017 [10:37 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Democracies sometimes collapse suddenly. More typically, they waste away. One major cause of institutional decline involves politicians putting their own immediate interests ahead of their obligations to democratic norms. We wake up one day…

Russian meddling brings a reckoning for social media
icon Posted: 04 November 2017 [10:37 PM]

Much about Russia’s online efforts to roil the 2016 U.S. election remains murky. But as executives from America’s top social-media companies - or more precisely, their lawyers - testified before Congress this week, two things became clear. First, the problem…

State should merge sex offender registry with master conviction list
icon Posted: 04 November 2017 [10:36 PM]

Journal Inquirer Connecticut’s sex offender registry on the internet, like the registries of most states, presumes to make people safer by letting them know whether any such offender lives nearby. But any increase in safety is minimal as long as…

Thursday 11/02/2017
OUR VIEW: Hometown boy is World Series MVP!
icon Posted: 02 November 2017 [08:41 PM]

The phrase “hard-hittin’ New Britain” took on new meaning this week, thanks to one of its native sons who pounded out five World Series runs for the hurricane-soaked Houston Astros. As the Associated Press noted - and we’re sure,…

Wednesday 11/01/2017
FBI to President Donald Trump: Happy Halloween
icon Posted: 01 November 2017 [07:09 PM]

WASHINGTON - Beware the low-level volunteer. Virtually unheard of before Monday, when the FBI indicted two of President Trump’s campaign staffers, George Papadopoulos is either the key to Russian collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election -…

OUR VIEW: No-name cowardice
icon Posted: 01 November 2017 [07:07 PM]

No lives were lost but there’s no shortage of outrage about another anonymous postcard barrage in Bristol. They arrived Monday and Tuesday, bearing no name or address, and attacked Mayor Ken Cockayne. They were quickly denounced by his opponent in…

OUR VIEW: Terror from within
icon Posted: 01 November 2017 [07:06 PM]

It’s no longer “Fortress America.” With increased frequency, terrorist-minded young men are finding their way to our cities, hatching plots and turning places of pleasure into places of death and destruction. On Tuesday, a driver of a rented truck,…

Tuesday 10/31/2017
It's time for the nation to face the opioid epidemic squarely
icon Posted: 31 October 2017 [07:21 PM]

Given the scale of the opioid epidemic, the nation should be mobilizing. More people are dying than at the peak of the HIV/AIDS scourge. In some places, overdose deaths are exceeding homicides, suicides and traffic deaths combined. President Donald Trump…

China, under Xi, moves toward totalitarianism
icon Posted: 31 October 2017 [07:19 PM]

While the Trump White House wallowed in its usual trifling controversies, China’s Communist leadership this month staged what will be remembered as the most important political event of the year, and maybe of the century so far. As the party…

OUR VIEW: Starting school later could make better students
icon Posted: 31 October 2017 [07:17 PM]

Both West Hartford and Simsbury are evaluating calls to start high school classes later in the morning, according to the Associated Press - potentially recognizing established science that says such a move would be more in line with adolescent sleep…

Monday 10/30/2017
Our View: Low-cost spay clinic serves animals, the city
icon Posted: 30 October 2017 [08:29 PM]

We are a nation of pet lovers but, let’s face it, taking proper care of a dog or a cat can be expensive. Food, treats and toys all can be expensive - but the real cost is providing medical care…

Sunday 10/29/2017
OUR VIEW: When is our historical past worth preserving?
icon Posted: 29 October 2017 [08:33 PM]

By Development versus historic preservation? It’s an old tug-of-war, now going on in Plainville. But we like the idea that one activist may be willing to compromise. In Saturday’s Bristol Press, reporter Brian Johnson introduced us to…

Statuary brawl: Now Teddy Roosevelt's the target
icon Posted: 29 October 2017 [08:22 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Latest to the vandals goes Teddy Roosevelt, whose bronze likeness astride a horse in front of New York’s American Museum of Natural History recently received a splash of red paint upon its base. “Now the…

Saturday 10/28/2017
Our View: A solution to the cost of health care is needed
icon Posted: 28 October 2017 [08:09 PM]

For months, we’ve listened to legislators decry soaring costs under the Affordable Care Act but, it turns out, individuals who buy their own coverage are not alone. A new study shows that rates are rising for employers, too. According to…

Friday 10/27/2017
The people of Puerto Rico deserve better
icon Posted: 27 October 2017 [10:09 PM]

After Hurricane Harvey slammed into the coast of Texas, thousands of electrical workers from other states rushed in to repair power lines and get the lights back on. Ditto in Florida after Hurricane Irma. But after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto…

OUR VIEW: Old, unused drugs can be a silent hazard
icon Posted: 27 October 2017 [10:08 PM]

Today is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, a time set aside to remind us of the importance of handling prescription drugs correctly and, when they are no longer needed, to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted drugs properly. It…

What the US is doing in Niger -- and how to do it better
icon Posted: 27 October 2017 [10:04 PM]

If there is anything to be gained from President Donald Trump’s disgraceful attack on the credibility of the widow of a U.S. Special Forces soldier killed in Niger, it’s that Americans are finally becoming aware of the expanding U.S. mission…

Anita Hill changed everything, and then came Weinstein
icon Posted: 27 October 2017 [10:03 PM]

In October 1991, the phrase “sexual harassment” and the menacing environment it created for women in the workplace exploded onto the national consciousness. Like the rest of the nation, I sat in front of my television riveted as I listened…