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Still another self-funding ignoramus for Republicans?

David Stemerman, 48, of Greenwich, a successful investment fund manager, announced the other day that he is closing his fund and planning to become a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor. Those who hope for change in state government’s…

icon Posted: 23 September 2017 [07:38 PM]

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Saturday 09/23/2017
Where in the world is Dail Dinwiddie? And where it led
icon Posted: 23 September 2017 [07:37 PM]

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Twenty-five years ago on Sept. 24, 1992, Dail Boxley Dinwiddie vanished. Phffft. Just like that. She was 23, a darling girl, anyone would say. Because even though she was, by age, a young woman, she was just…

Loving Trump's U.N. speech
icon Posted: 23 September 2017 [07:36 PM]

Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations on Tuesday was not just great, it was totally refreshing. The president’s address to the U.N. General Assembly was so perfect it almost made me forget all the horrible speeches his predecessor gave…

OUR VIEW: Protecting, and using, our voting rights is essential
icon Posted: 23 September 2017 [07:35 PM]

This week, Connecticut officials were notified by the federal government that the state’s online voter registration system was one of more than 20 targeted during last year’s presidential campaign in hacking efforts by Russia. But, the secretary of the state’s…

Friday 09/22/2017
OUR VIEW: What can we learn from the latest Aaron Hernandez news?
icon Posted: 22 September 2017 [10:01 PM]

Like many of you, we were shocked by the news, released Thursday, that the late Aaron Hernandez’s brain showed severe signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative disease associated with concussions. “We’re told it was the most severe…

How low will the Republicans go?
icon Posted: 22 September 2017 [10:00 PM]

The Cassidy-Graham health-care bill is bad legislation, and the only reason it has a shot at passing next week is Republicans’ breathtaking cynicism. Do not take our word for it. Ask Sen Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who candidly explained GOP…

The American West is burning
icon Posted: 22 September 2017 [09:58 PM]

Hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma and Maria are unstoppable. They rip at our coastlines and tear at our hearts. The yellow, orange, red, even purple colors on the Doppler radar and weather maps this summer have been horrific to see,…

Administration proposals put oceans at risk
icon Posted: 22 September 2017 [09:57 PM]

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke thinks that some of the places designated as national monuments in the past two decades are overprotected. Banning economic activity within these monuments, he says in a memo obtained by the Washington Post and Wall Street…

Wednesday 09/20/2017
The New Center seeks volunteers
icon Posted: 20 September 2017 [07:41 PM]

NEW YORK - This city’s annual gridlock festival, otherwise known as the United Nations General Assembly, is a proper metaphor for America’s current state of affairs. While Manhattan’s already snarled streets filled beyond capacity with limos toting dignitaries, a…

OUR VIEW: We can't see the forest for the development
icon Posted: 20 September 2017 [07:40 PM]

A new report says that New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day. Here in Connecticut, that number is 3,700 acres a year, leaving us with only 15 percent of viable forest.…

Tuesday 09/19/2017
Mueller tightening the screws on Manafort
icon Posted: 19 September 2017 [08:04 PM]

The Washington Post Could there be tapes after all? Two stories that popped overnight suggest that special counsel Robert Mueller is aggressively pursuing Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Trump’s campaign. Manafort is a New Britain, Connecticut native. CNN…

OUR VIEW: Use the calm before the storm to prepare for it
icon Posted: 19 September 2017 [08:02 PM]

There’s nothing new about turbulent weather but what’s happening this season has to catch the attention of even the most seasoned weather watcher. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and now Maria, exploded upon the Caribbean and the southern United States, then…

Monday 09/18/2017
Our View: STEM, yes, but let's hear the music, too
icon Posted: 18 September 2017 [07:46 PM]

When Newington named its teacher of the year, it caught our attention. In today’s STEM-crazy atmosphere, the school system chose Brian Kelly, who is the K-12 Music Department program leader and the director of bands at John Wallace Middle School.…

Sunday 09/17/2017
OUR VIEW: Is it naive to ask that our leaders work together?
icon Posted: 17 September 2017 [09:54 PM]

“A political party is an alliance of like-minded people who work together to win elections and control of the government. Political parties compete against one another for political power and for the ability to put their philosophies and policies into…

How the Democrats won the Trump presidency
icon Posted: 17 September 2017 [09:40 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Rarely, if ever, have so many presidential winners and losers been so incessantly chatty. Hillary Clinton - who lost the 2016 election, in case you weren’t sure - is on a book tour with her…

Saturday 09/16/2017
The price of cost cutting can sometimes be too high
icon Posted: 16 September 2017 [08:10 PM]

The City of New Britain received a $2.7 million Municipal Brownfield Grant from the state for a project, now underway, on Bosco Drive. And, as Herald reporter Skyler Frazer told us Saturday, this is just one site in New Britain…

Friday 09/15/2017
Our View: Central reaches out to its city neighbors
icon Posted: 15 September 2017 [08:15 PM]

What does it take to make a city work? Good neighbors. That was evident to anyone who read Page One of the New Britain Herald Thursday, where we saw twin stories about Central Connecticut State University, which is based…

Thursday 09/14/2017
President's tweetstorm signals major concessions may lie ahead
icon Posted: 14 September 2017 [07:53 PM]

Barely a few hours after Democrats announced that they had reached a tentative deal with President Donald Trump on protecting the “dreamers,” Trump unleashed a steaming-hot morning tweetstorm that seemed to suggest that there was no deal at all. But…

Trump's tax plan comments don't align with proposals
icon Posted: 14 September 2017 [07:52 PM]

President Barack Obama, in an effort to sell a health-care plan that made voters, at the very least, uneasy, promised that “if Americans like their doctor, they’ll be keeping their doctor. You like your plan? You’ll be keeping your plan.”…

Should it be a felony?
icon Posted: 14 September 2017 [07:50 PM]

Just days after a woman walked out of a District of Columbia courtroom after being charged with dousing a Metrobus driver with a cup of urine, another driver was spat on by a passenger. The incidents are among a rising…

Wednesday 09/13/2017
A call to action
icon Posted: 13 September 2017 [07:52 PM]

The Supreme Court has long kept a distance from arguments over gerrymandering, that most American practice of redrawing the lines of legislative districts in order to tip elections toward the party in power. But early next month, the justices will…

North Korea tightened with speedy adoption of new sanctions
icon Posted: 13 September 2017 [07:51 PM]

It can be considered that a strong sense of crisis and solidarity has been demonstrated in the international community with regard to the growing threat of North Korea’s nuclear and missile development. New sanctions have to be implemented thoroughly. The…

Right to prepare for the worst
icon Posted: 13 September 2017 [07:50 PM]

Nearly a week before Hurricane Irma was predicted to make landfall in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott, R, declared a state of emergency for the entire state. State and local officials readied for the storm with promises of help from the…

Trump's travel ban may expire
icon Posted: 13 September 2017 [07:50 PM]

Once again, a federal court has ruled against the Trump administration’s temporary ban on admission into the United States of refugees and citizens of six majority-Muslim countries. And once again, the Justice Department is appealing the ruling to the Supreme…

Tuesday 09/12/2017
OUR VIEW: Building projects won't help UConn's ranking
icon Posted: 12 September 2017 [09:37 PM]

Good news! Our state’s flagship school, The University of Connecticut, has been ranked the 18th top public university in a U.S. News & World Report list released Tuesday. “This is a reflection of our core academic strength and UConn’s exceptional…

Activists want zoos to become an endangered species
icon Posted: 12 September 2017 [09:35 PM]

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences asserts that a sixth mass extinction is underway. Primarily pointing to the extinction of several species, as well as the deterioration of animal habitats, the paper warns…

They'll come for the statues of Columbus next
icon Posted: 12 September 2017 [09:33 PM]

On March 14, 1891, in the city of New Orleans, 11 Italian Americans were lynched by an angry mob.The anger stemmed from a jury’s failure to convict the men of killing a police officer, Daniel Hennessy.Refusing to accept the verdicts,…

The next subprime loan crisis will center on car payments
icon Posted: 12 September 2017 [09:31 PM]

The self-described “Geniuses of Wall Street” are being stupid. Again. In 2007, their stupid schemes and frauds crashed our economy, destroying middle-class jobs, wealth, and opportunities. Far from being punished, however, the scofflaws were bailed out by their Washington enablers…

Monday 09/11/2017
Our View: Thanks to those who risked everything to help
icon Posted: 11 September 2017 [08:25 PM]

Today, we will hear a lot about the victims of Hurricane Irma, just as we learned of the plight of those in the path of Harvey, which hit Texas at the end of August. Of course, our hearts go out…

Sunday 09/10/2017
OUR VIEW: A teal-draped Bristol provides timely reminder
icon Posted: 10 September 2017 [09:03 PM]

It’s once again September, a month that brings the start of the school year and a calendar filled with festivals and fairs. But, for Bristol resident Judy Lodovico, it means just one thing: September is ovarian cancer awareness month. One…

Equifax data breach didn't have to be this bad
icon Posted: 10 September 2017 [08:59 PM]

If your personal information is ever compromised in a data breach, the hacked company might send you an apology letter with an offer of free identity theft protection from a credit-reporting agency. But what happens when the reporting agency is…

The president, the Dems and the road not taken
icon Posted: 10 September 2017 [08:57 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Be wary of anyone who purports to understand the deep meaning of President Trump’s decision to side with the Democrats on short-term budget issues. Nobody knows what he’s up to, and this probably includes Trump…

Saturday 09/09/2017
Name-calling by governor won't rescue young illegals
icon Posted: 09 September 2017 [07:58 PM]

Announcing an end to the Obama administration’s amnesty for young people brought into the country illegally by their parents, President Trump signaled this week that he wants a comprehensive restructuring of immigration law. Trump emphasized that it should provide for…

Facebook's role in Trump's win is clear
icon Posted: 09 September 2017 [07:56 PM]

What a ridiculous notion, Mark Zuckerberg scoffed shortly after the election, that his social-media company -innocent, well-intentioned Facebook - could have helped Donald Trump’s win. “Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook ... influenced the election in…

Democrats can look on the bright side
icon Posted: 09 September 2017 [07:56 PM]

WASHINGTON - On one level, things have never been worse for Democrats. They don’t have the White House, majorities in Congress or a reliable fifth vote on the Supreme Court. They hold governorships in only 15 states and hold just…

On the Dreamers, Trump believes nothing
icon Posted: 09 September 2017 [07:55 PM]

WASHINGTON - One of the most cynical quotations in history is also one of the most widely attributed. Let’s ponder the version associated with Groucho Marx: “Sincerity is the key to success. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it…

Technology no substitute for common sense
icon Posted: 09 September 2017 [07:54 PM]

You’ve seen the commercials showcasing state-of-the-art new cars with built-in safety systems – but do they really keep us safe? As it turns out, both lane-keeping systems, some of which even nudge the vehicle back into its lane for the…

Friday 09/08/2017
Putin's latest Ukraine peace offer is a Trojan horse
icon Posted: 08 September 2017 [07:47 PM]

No, Vladimir Putin has not suddenly become a man of peace. His recent overture in Ukraine should be seen for what it is - an effort to further his own interests - and treated as such. After the Russian president…

How we can find common ground on health care
icon Posted: 08 September 2017 [07:46 PM]

Like so many people across the country, I breathed a sigh of relief when Trumpcare didn’t reach the president’s desk this summer. But legislation isn’t the only way the current administration has tried to undermine families’ health care and raise…

OUR VIEW: Urban crime can be a tough nut to crack - without your help
icon Posted: 08 September 2017 [07:45 PM]

Make no mistake about it: those who live in troubled neighborhoods often know what’s going on and who is behind the mayhem. But, talk to police? Not on their lives! Literally! Some city residents may distrust the police. Others understand…

Thursday 09/07/2017
Our View: Compromise and the Trump 'art of the deal'
icon Posted: 07 September 2017 [08:09 PM]

The process may not have been pretty but we were excited to see that President Trump “cut a deal” Wednesday to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit as part of an agreement to speed money to Harvey…

Their View: If a second hurricane hits, we must respond united
icon Posted: 07 September 2017 [08:04 PM]

THE Augusta Chronicle Neither World War II Germany nor Japan managed to hit the U.S. mainland, and certainly not the way Mother Nature is doing this late summer. Then again, Harvey and Irma appear to have formed…

Wednesday 09/06/2017
A welcome reversal
icon Posted: 06 September 2017 [11:03 PM]

There are many good reasons for the federal government to intervene in the economy, but diverting resources from less affluent first-time home buyers to seniors who already own homes would not be at the top of our list. Nevertheless, that…

OUR VIEW: If Irma's really headed our way, let's get ready
icon Posted: 06 September 2017 [11:02 PM]

After the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Connecticut residents are watching with growing concern as a rare Category Five hurricane - Irma - takes aim at Puerto Rico and Florida. But - pardon the selfishness of…

Could the worst be yet to come?
icon Posted: 06 September 2017 [11:02 PM]

WASHINGTON - It has become axiomatic that when Donald Trump says or does something over the top or below the belt, beware the unseen. His cunning use of distraction turns red herrings green with envy. The template works like…

Tuesday 09/05/2017
OUR VIEW: App brings order to an often chaotic world
icon Posted: 05 September 2017 [10:14 PM]

As a general rule, we think that young people spend too much time staring at their phones and too little enjoying the world around them. But we’ve just learned about a new “app” that will help them deal with that…

In Myanmar, violence, despair ... and unkept promises
icon Posted: 05 September 2017 [10:13 PM]

In her 2012 Nobel lecture, Myanmar’s de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, made an impassioned appeal to the world not to forget those who are suffering “hunger, disease, displacement, joblessness, poverty, injustice, discrimination, prejudice, bigotry” and war. Aung San Suu…

Taking aim at the opioid epidemic
icon Posted: 05 September 2017 [10:12 PM]

The findings in a new report on the opioid crisis in Connecticut are chilling and are a call for action that is impossible to ignore. Drug overdoses in the state are occurring at a pace pointing toward more than…

The radical flood and the enduring spirit of Houston
icon Posted: 05 September 2017 [10:08 PM]

Charlottesville. Berkeley. Houston. Three dots that lead to something urgent about our politics. Let’s connect them. Wanna-be Nazis parading by torchlight through Charlottesville, Virginia, was a radical moment. Masked leftists marauding through Berkeley, California, was another radical moment. Radical politics…