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CHRIS POWELL: Deal on abortion is possible but Dems prefer acrimony

CHRIS POWELL Both political parties in Congress want to sustain the immigration controversy for partisan purposes more than they want a compromise that could resolve the controversy's two major components -- securing the borders while providing a path to…

icon Posted: 16 May 2022 [02:16 PM]

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friday-ficks-the-gift-of-perspective FRIDAY FICKS: The gift of perspective
icon Posted: 06 May 2022 [11:36 AM]

Friday Ficks Column The Facebook post sounded pretty urgent. It read, in part, that “I have an immediate need.” Immediate is usually…

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Lawmakers have opportunity to save public access televsion
icon Posted: 26 April 2022 [10:03 AM]

Joanie Wedler, Chuck Lewis and Franck Facchini Local public access TV, or public, educational and government access (“PEG”), has been in Connecticut for more than 40 years providing residents, municipalities, schools and community organizations with hyper-local programming…

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CHRIS POWELL: Many kids can't see well, and government can't see either
icon Posted: 15 April 2022 [07:53 PM]

Someday, if the governor and state legislators ever tire of coddling the state employee unions and if the president and Congress ever tire of coddling investment banks and military contractors, maybe they should note what happened recently at Silver Lane…

Friday 04/08/2022
CHRIS POWELL: Victory for repeat offenders; and nutty Indian mascot law
icon Posted: 08 April 2022 [09:06 PM]

Legislators of both parties in the General Assembly are congratulating themselves on the bipartisan juvenile justice bill that has come out of the Judiciary Committee, and well they should. For the legislation will do no more than provide the illusion…

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Cutting state taxes, revenue might revive true liberalism
icon Posted: 01 April 2022 [09:19 PM]

Everybody in state government seems to love this tax-cutting stuff -- first the temporary suspension of Connecticut's 25-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax, and then a week of lifting the sales tax on most clothing purchases. The public will love it too. But…

Friday 03/18/2022
friday-ficks-how-to-avoid-the-tree-trifecta FRIDAY FICKS: How to avoid the tree trifecta
icon Posted: 18 March 2022 [10:32 AM]

Friday Ficks Tree. Swerve. Tree. Swerve again. A third tree. Swerve again. Oh shoot...too late. This was not a trifecta at the horse track, or…

Friday 03/11/2022
Reveal SEBAC deal right now, and study zoning override effects
icon Posted: 11 March 2022 [04:08 PM]

Journal Inquirer Announcing goodies for various municipalities and organizations lately, Governor Lamont has been using government money to win support for his re-election campaign, as any incumbent would. But all the goodies awarded so far don't come close to…

Wednesday 03/09/2022
CHRIS POWELL: 'Fairness in taxation' is a disguise for 'more'
icon Posted: 09 March 2022 [08:30 PM]

Liberal Democratic members of the General Assembly again are pursuing what they call fairness in taxation, their euphemism for state government's raising and spending a lot more money. Governor Lamont, a Democrat, opposes increasing taxes while state government has a…

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CHRIS POWELL: Enfield's lesson in pizza sex shows schools lack scrutiny
icon Posted: 22 February 2022 [04:15 PM]

Republican state legislators around the country are proposing to require public schools to post all curriculum materials on the internet as an accountability measure, and the other day they got powerful if inadvertent support from Enfield’s school system. Enfield’s school…

Friday 02/18/2022
CHRIS POWELL: State budget office scandal isn't racism but corruption
icon Posted: 18 February 2022 [09:19 PM]

Nobody needs the federal investigation that is under way to grasp the basics of the racket that was being run from the state budget office – the Office of Policy and Management – by its deputy secretary, Konstantinos Diamantis, who…

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YOUR VIEW: My child's education in uncertain times
icon Posted: 11 January 2022 [08:51 PM]

My child’s education in uncertain times with the New Year To the Editor: Just as we thought things were returning to normal, we are faced with school closings yet again! My child’s education is back in limbo, and I wonder…

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