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THEIR VIEW: No place to hide

It is doubtful that ISIS - the Islamic State terrorist organization - was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a…

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Monday 11/11/2019
THEIR VIEW: The cartelization of Mexico
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [09:22 PM]

The slaughter last Monday of three Mormon women and six children, all American citizens who were longtime residents of Mexico, brings home a cruel reality of America’s neighbor to the south. Drug gangs control huge swathes of the country, and…

Virginia's political transformation is complete
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [09:20 PM]

The Washington Post Tuesday night saw the completion of Virginia’s transformation from red to blue, as Democrats took control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time in a generation. The shift began a decade ago at…

Senate must not legitimize sham impeachment
icon Posted: 11 November 2019 [09:19 PM]

Special To The Washington Post There are three paths before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when it comes to any articles of impeachment the House of Representatives eventually sends the Senate’s way. One is short: a quick dismissal by the…

Sunday 11/10/2019
Trump, Republicans are weak, even on friendly turf
icon Posted: 10 November 2019 [06:40 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Going into Tuesday night, if you were a swing-state progressive, it was pretty easy to be discouraged about the state of the presidential race. But the extraordinary happened: Democrats romped in the Philadelphia suburbs and upended the political…

OK, boomer. The kids are fighting back with two words
icon Posted: 10 November 2019 [06:39 PM]

The Washington Post Two words have launched a thousand tweets and opened a new front in the generational wars. Feeling completely clueless? OK, boomer. The New York Times and NBC News last week picked up a trend from high-school halls…

Friday 11/08/2019
THEIR VIEW: Europe tried, rejected the wealth tax
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:16 PM]

Editorial Bernie Sanders often points to Europe as his economic model, but there’s one lesson from the continent that he and Elizabeth Warren want to ignore. Europe has tried and mostly rejected the wealth taxes that the two presidential candidates…

THEIR VIEW: Right to privacy
icon Posted: 08 November 2019 [02:14 PM]

Editorial A little over a year ago, the Canadian non-profit Citizen Lab released a damning report into the activities of NSO, an Israeli software development company. NSO makes a programme called Pegasus, which it sells to governments. This programme is…

Thursday 11/07/2019
Ending DACA would be bad for the health of America
icon Posted: 07 November 2019 [05:23 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the legal battle over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the 2012 policy that has temporarily protected from deportation many undocumented individuals who were brought to…

The Republicans have a suburbs problem
icon Posted: 07 November 2019 [05:22 PM]

The Washington Post “Suburbs” covers a wide array of locales. It can conjure up images of leafy neighborhoods, deep front yards and two-car homes. These suburbanites think of themselves as “upper middle class” but occupy the top 5% of earners.…

Wednesday 11/06/2019
THEIR VIEW: Political hardball in DC
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:08 PM]

Editorial The impeachment fat was already in the fire. Last week’s partisan vote by the full U.S. House of Representatives to proceed with a formal impeachment process produced a roaring blaze. It won’t be long before the impending conflagration starts…

THEIR VIEW: DeVos gives for-profit colleges a free pass
icon Posted: 06 November 2019 [02:07 PM]

Editorial In recent years, few companies have earned more deserved scorn than for-profit colleges. Unscrupulous educational chains have collapsed from mismanagement, saddled students with mountains of debt and paid out vast sums in consumer-fraud settlements - including $25 million by…

Tuesday 11/05/2019
President Trump's mole hunt is really getting out of hand
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [10:07 PM]

The Washington Post What should we make of Anonymous? No doubt you recall the mysterious Trump administration insider who contributed an unsigned opinion article to The New York Times last year. The gist of it was: Don’t worry, America! Your…

THEIR VIEW: Now we're watching
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:46 PM]

Thursday’s vote was a defining moment for every member of the divided U.S. House of Representatives. The approved legislation formally authorizes and articulates guidelines for the next phase of the House’s impeachment inquiry against President Trump. History was watching, especially…

THEIR VIEW: Inmate health bill warrants easy passage
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:44 PM]

Congress, whose approval rating hasn’t topped 30% in more than a decade, has been offered a chance to prove it can accomplish something despite the chaos that is the Trump presidency. New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster has teamed up with…

This Nov. 11, help stem the tide of veteran suicides
icon Posted: 05 November 2019 [07:40 PM]

Cagle Cartoons The numbers are sobering, but we can do something about them. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report says nearly 6,200 veterans took their own lives in 2017 – and more than 6,000…

Monday 11/04/2019
For Trump, there's hints of trouble in ethanol country
icon Posted: 04 November 2019 [06:00 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Democratic congressional candidate J.D. Scholten rumbled his RV to a stop in the gravel a mile east of Pomeroy, Iowa, (pop. 612) on Tuesday. A man got out of a car blocking the road ahead…

Don't let China steal the march on cryptocurrency
icon Posted: 04 November 2019 [05:59 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Chinese President Xi Jinping wants his country’s economy to become the world’s largest within our lifetimes. He may succeed, thanks ito the desire of western business to sell goods and services to the nearly 2 billion people who…

Sunday 11/03/2019
A pink ribbon becomes a pink blindfold to breast cancer
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [07:24 PM]

The Washington Post As we wrap up another National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s tempting to look around and feel proud. Athletes are wearing pink jerseys, and everything from rosé to tacos is for sale in service of the cause.…

The word Trump should never use: 'Lynch'
icon Posted: 03 November 2019 [07:24 PM]

Cagle Cartoons When I hear the word “lynch,” I immediately think of the black experience of torture, persecution and dehumanization that was so prevalent in the first half of the last century in the American south. I also think of…

Friday 11/01/2019
THEIR VIEW: Climate change is here
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [01:57 PM]

Editorial California is in a state of emergency. Since early October, millions of people in the northern and southern parts of the state have had their electricity shut off to prevent downed power lines from setting off deadly fires, like…

THEIR VIEW: Lessons from the ISIS raid
icon Posted: 01 November 2019 [01:57 PM]

Editorial There is much to say about the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and even more to learn. Begin with congratulations to the unknown military and intelligence personnel who pulled it off. The skill and bravery…

Thursday 10/31/2019
YOUR VIEW: Why did the budget go over?
icon Posted: 31 October 2019 [05:46 PM]

To The Editor: For months there have been arguments about the Newington town hall referendum overrun, what the legal experts say about it, how Newington residents feel about it. I think we are missing a step. None of the editorials…

Wednesday 10/30/2019
THEIR VIEW: Mike Pence is wrong
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:44 PM]

Editorial The more undisciplined President Donald Trump becomes in his scattershot defenses of his behavior toward Ukraine, the more robotically Vice President Mike Pence seems to stay on message. Unfortunately, that message is an indefensible falsehood. During a television interview…

THEIR VIEW: Argentina doesn't need more false promises
icon Posted: 30 October 2019 [04:33 PM]

Editorial Sunday’s win by Alberto Fernandez, the presidential candidate of Argentina’s Peronists, has sparked talk of a return to the country’s storied left-wing populism. Yet it’s hard to move left - or right, or anywhere - when you’re boxed in…

Tuesday 10/29/2019
Al-Baghdadi's death will bring Iraq no deliverance
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [07:03 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion By rights, the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi should have been met with celebrations in the land of his birth. After all, Iraq has endured more suffering than any other nation - and bears more scars -…

THEIR VIEW: The world is losing the fight against disease
icon Posted: 29 October 2019 [06:59 PM]

The threat of a disease disaster has arisen in the past two decades in an unfortunate cycle of panic followed by neglect. The panics have been real: the anthrax letters; severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East Respiratory syndrome, both…

Monday 10/28/2019
Do you have a favorite Halloween ghost story? Share it
icon Posted: 28 October 2019 [07:51 PM]

Cagle Cartoons I’m not proud of it, but I haven’t visited the now-disheveled cemetery on the hillside behind my late father’s childhood home in more than 40 years. Willie Nelson was right when he mused, “Ain’t it funny how time…

Big companies can take big steps to save species
icon Posted: 28 October 2019 [07:51 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Before our eyes, nature is vanishing faster than we might have imagined. The bird population in the U.S. has fallen by more than 30% in the past 40 years, as have insect populations in Germany. In the U.K.,…

Sunday 10/27/2019
Zuckerberg flounders before Congress
icon Posted: 27 October 2019 [07:11 PM]

The Washington Post To hear Mark Zuckerberg tell it, Facebook’s interest in setting up the digital currency Libra comes from a place of selflessness, of concern for the world’s poor and underserved. “There are more than a billion people around…

The last hurray for Greece
icon Posted: 27 October 2019 [07:11 PM]

Very early in the morning of October 28th 1940 the Greek Prime Minister, Ioannis Metaxas, was awakened by a persistent knock at his door by the Italian Ambassador in Athens. The Fascist representative of the dictator Mussolini handed him the…

Friday 10/25/2019
THEIR VIEW: Canada is on the right path
icon Posted: 25 October 2019 [02:33 PM]

Editorial It may not be the smashing victory they won in 2015, but Justin Trudeau and the Liberals should feel very good that they will have a chance to form another government. After four difficult years they managed to persuade…

Thursday 10/24/2019
YOUR VIEW: Crystal St. Lawrence has my vote
icon Posted: 24 October 2019 [06:18 PM]

To The Editor: Crystal St. Lawrence possesses the high level of clear thinking, commitment, experience and dedication required to be an effective Board of Education member. Having had the opportunity to serve with her, I know that she is passionately…

YOUR VIEW: Vote for Rosemary Morante
icon Posted: 24 October 2019 [06:17 PM]

To The Editor I have known Rosemary Morante for a long time and am very pleased to support her re-election to a third term. She is a serious, hard-working member of the Plainville Town Council who will always put the…

YOUR VIEW: Consider supporting Jim Marocchini
icon Posted: 24 October 2019 [06:16 PM]

To The Editor: Dear Constituents, I am a Newington resident for many years and I will be giving my vote to James Marocchini for Mayor and the Democratic candidates running for election on Tuesday, November 5th. I am asking you…

YOUR VIEW: Help continue fiscal responsibility
icon Posted: 24 October 2019 [06:15 PM]

To The Editor: Over the last four years under the leadership of Mayor Mark Kaczynski, the Republican controlled Town Council has been trying to keep Berlin on a path to living within its means, by minimizing tax increases, while providing…

YOUR VIEW: Re-elect Alderman Sanchez
icon Posted: 24 October 2019 [06:13 PM]

To The Editor: I write in support of the re-election of Alderman-at-Large Emmanuel “Manny” Sanchez. He opposed the City’s ill-conceived attempt to give away Patton Brook Well to Southington for one million dollars. The value of that water is approximately…

Wednesday 10/23/2019
THEIR VIEW: Turkey deal is a sham
icon Posted: 23 October 2019 [02:02 PM]

Editorial President Trump broke this nation’s policy in Syria and gave the Turkish government free rein to attack our Kurdish allies, but now insists things in that war-torn region are going to be just fine. Only the very gullible believe…

Tuesday 10/22/2019
THEIR VIEW: Maine's plan for lobster lines an improvement
icon Posted: 22 October 2019 [02:00 PM]

Editorial A federal proposal to cut fishing lines off the Maine coast was dead in the water to lobstermen, who said it would put either their lives or ability to make a living at risk. We agreed, arguing that there…

Monday 10/21/2019
Congress can act now to lower drug prices
icon Posted: 21 October 2019 [07:35 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion It’s no secret that health care is a politically divisive issue. In the past decade, national elections have been decided on it, and control of Congress has changed hands in part over it. Despite these differences, there is…

YOUR VIEW: Jessie Salley cares about Plainville
icon Posted: 21 October 2019 [07:34 PM]

To The Editor: I’m writing this letter to endorse Jessie Salley for Town Council in Plainville. I know Jessie as a person who cares deeply about Plainville. She grew up here and volunteers for the many events in town…

YOUR VIEW: Vote for Crystal St. Lawrence
icon Posted: 21 October 2019 [07:33 PM]

To The Editor: I have known Crystal St. Lawrence for over ten years both personally and as on a volunteer on organizations both within the Plainville Community Schools and outside. Our daughters have been in school together since Kindergarten at…

Sunday 10/20/2019
THEIR VIEW: Trump trade deal is modest
icon Posted: 20 October 2019 [08:54 PM]

President Trump on Oct. 11 announced a trade deal with China that he called “tremendous” or “tremendously” positive 15 times. The details look far more modest to us, but this truce in the trade war beats the alternative of escalating…

Too many Americans die waiting for 'gift of life'
icon Posted: 20 October 2019 [08:52 PM]

Innovation, oversight is needed to make more organs available for critically ill patients. It wasn’t all that long ago that organ transplants were considered such pioneering medical marvels that the surgeries generated headlines in newspapers like this one. Today, they’re…

Today's bullies are online, but so is help for victims
icon Posted: 20 October 2019 [08:51 PM]

Cagle Cartoons My sister Kris kicked the tar out of Frankie Leper. It happened in 1972 after Leper, a notorious neighborhood bully, busted up my handmade go-kart, then shoved me into the mud. Sure, Leper was a big kid. But…

Here's how I will streamline Trump's National Security Council
icon Posted: 20 October 2019 [08:49 PM]

Special To The Washington Post In the three years since President Donald Trump’s election, the United States has seized the initiative from its adversaries all over the world. We decimated the Islamic State as a military force. The president fulfilled…

Friday 10/18/2019
THEIR VIEW: Time for criminal justice reform
icon Posted: 18 October 2019 [02:05 PM]

Editorial Can we really change the number of individuals in our prisons? A recent study not only suggests that we should; it insists that we must. As inmates across the United States continue to carry out a multi-week strike to…

THEIR VIEW: Questions need answers
icon Posted: 18 October 2019 [02:03 PM]

Editorial Last year, state officials changed the law to allow power companies to be more aggressive shutting down electrical lines in areas where strong, dry winds were predicted so that even if they were downed, they wouldn’t spark a fire.…

Wednesday 10/16/2019
THEIR VIEW: An important act of prevention
icon Posted: 16 October 2019 [01:47 PM]

Editorial Get your flu shot. It’s such a sound piece of advice - offered by nearly every private doctor, public health official and worker in the next cubicle over - that it’s a wonder anyone decides to take a pass…