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PETER FUNT: Sooner or later, Klobuchar will take the prize

Columnist Amy Klobuchar’s results in Nevada, Feb. 22, and South Carolina, Feb. 29, will likely be more modest than her surprisingly strong finishes in New Hampshire and Iowa. Yet, the senior senator from Minnesota might have the best chance of…

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Friday 02/21/2020
Winds of Mideast change worth remembering at the ballot box
icon Posted: 21 February 2020 [07:08 PM]

The significance of two events that have been upstaged this week by the Hebrew media’s incessant coronavirus coverage cannot be overemphasized-particularly with the fast approach of the March 2 Knesset elections. One was the rejection of an appeal by an…

Thursday 02/20/2020
THEIR VIEW: Start-ups boost the economy
icon Posted: 20 February 2020 [08:05 PM]

The business climate of our region is transforming. Organizations like Valley Venture Mentors (VMM) and TechSpring have been instrumental in developing a culture of collaboration that will build a foundation of support in entrepreneurship that will last for years to…

Why Trump is letting a corrupt Democrat out of prison
icon Posted: 20 February 2020 [08:02 PM]

“I’ve got this thing, and it’s f---ing golden,” said then-Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois in 2008, referring to his ability to fill the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama. “And I’m just not giving it up for f---ing nothing.” We…

Wednesday 02/19/2020
THEIR VIEW: Achievement gap endures
icon Posted: 19 February 2020 [08:04 PM]

Another legislative session is already producing more prattle about the “achievement gap” between white and minority students in Connecticut’s public schools. Last week Sen. Douglas McCrory, D-Hartford, Senate chairman of the General Assembly’s Education Committee, called it “a sin” that…

Monday 02/17/2020
THEIR VIEW: If there's an app for that, this isn't it
icon Posted: 17 February 2020 [07:42 PM]

Patience, urged Republican Party officials in Iowa. Give the Democrats time to ensure results of political party caucuses on nominees for president are reported accurately. Give GOP officials credit for adopting a “there but for the grace of God go…

CHRIS POWELL: Democrats proclaim their cowardice on tolls
icon Posted: 17 February 2020 [07:40 PM]

Columnist How could Connecticut’s Democratic state legislators, the majority in the General Assembly, most humiliate themselves? Hold their caucuses in public with journalists invited? Publish transcripts of their conversations with special interests? Maybe a pie-throwing contest? Those might be good…

Friday 02/14/2020
THEIR VIEW: Last call for alcohol when DNC comes to town
icon Posted: 14 February 2020 [07:49 PM]

By The Journal Times of Racine “There’s nothing good that happens after 1 a.m.” That’s what one Racine bartender had to say when he learned of a proposal to allow bars and restaurants throughout southeastern Wisconsin to stay…

YOUR VIEW: Accusations, disrespect on display in Bristol
icon Posted: 14 February 2020 [07:46 PM]

To The Editor: Democracy in action had a major setback at Bristol Zoning Board’s January 27th meeting at Bristol Central High School. Accusations of tampering and prejudice were suggested by Joe Naple’s attorney, he implied that neighborhood residents (over…

Thursday 02/13/2020
Wednesday 02/12/2020
Enough of Dulos already
icon Posted: 12 February 2020 [07:18 PM]

For eight months most television evening newscasts and newspaper front pages in Connecticut have highlighted the disappearance of Jennifer Dulos and the suspicion cast on her estranged husband, Fotis. Now Fotis has killed himself and Jennifer remains missing and presumed…

Tuesday 02/11/2020
YOUR VIEW: The curse of Markus
icon Posted: 11 February 2020 [07:51 PM]

After months of speculation and rumors, the bad news was finally announced by the Red Sox a few days ago: After on again off again negotiations with a few stumbles and false starts, their superstar outfielder, hitter, MVP and Gold…

Monday 02/10/2020
The GOP has normalized lawlessness
icon Posted: 10 February 2020 [07:55 PM]

For more than 200 years, our republic has endured, not only because of the wisdom of our Founders and the brilliance of our Constitution, but because of the generations of patriotic Americans who have had the courage to risk their…

Friday 02/07/2020
Releasing terrorists is wrong
icon Posted: 07 February 2020 [07:38 PM]

The headline about a terror attack read “London stabbing suspect was recently released from prison.” That “suspect” had been released about a week ago after serving half of his sentence of three years and four months for terror offenses. And…

Wednesday 02/05/2020
Democrats fail at relevance
icon Posted: 05 February 2020 [08:17 PM]

Simple relevance remains a big challenge in politics and activism in Connecticut. State government is as insolvent as ever, facing big projected annual deficits and unfunded pension obligations beyond $100 billion. But the state Senate Democratic majority’s agenda for the…

Tuesday 02/04/2020
YOUR VIEW: Slap on the wrist for ex-city worker
icon Posted: 04 February 2020 [08:50 PM]

To The Editor: Former New Britain city worker accused of stealing grant funds gets court-appointed program?? Are you kidding me? What ever happened to accountability? The only disabilities she has are greed and arrogance. A jail cell is where…

Monday 02/03/2020
MICHAEL REAGAN: The dangerous impeachment policy in our nation
icon Posted: 03 February 2020 [07:55 PM]

Columnist It doesn’t matter whether the impeachment trial of President Trump is already over or it drags on for months. Two-thirds of the U.S. Senate is never going to find the president guilty of the House Democrats’ vague and bogus…

Sunday 02/02/2020
YOUR VIEW: Thankful for kindness of strangers
icon Posted: 02 February 2020 [01:22 PM]

To The Editor: I am writing to thank Bristol residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season. Because of the generosity of donors in Bristol and across the United States, Operation Christmas…

Friday 01/31/2020
THEIR VIEW: Save the planet, now
icon Posted: 31 January 2020 [07:49 PM]

Timing can be everything. For advocates for climate action, the stars seem aligned. Because of our dependence on the natural world, coupled with our quality of life, Vermonters have traditionally been mindful of our carbon footprint and our role in…

CHRIS POWELL: Political correctness can't turn boys into girls
icon Posted: 31 January 2020 [07:47 PM]

Columnist Few people care if men want to dress up as women or women as men. For most such people it’s not a lark but a deep psychological issue likely to cause them some trouble throughout their lives. They are…

Democratic Party needs to tell Hillary to go away
icon Posted: 31 January 2020 [07:46 PM]

At some point, the national Democratic Party’s leadership will discover a backbone and summon up the courage to sever its connection to Hillary Clinton. Continued eye-rolling and hand-wringing each time Clinton delivers another critique of the party’s current field seeking…

Tuesday 01/21/2020
Bleeding-heart approach won't help ex-convicts
icon Posted: 21 January 2020 [07:30 PM]

Now that the majority in the General Assembly is more Democratic and liberal, the legislature is paying more attention to the plight of prisoners and former offenders. While the attention is welcome, it has been entirely of the bleeding-heart variety,…

Monday 01/20/2020
YOUR VIEW: Special session on tolls a waste
icon Posted: 20 January 2020 [07:46 PM]

By To The Editor: Governor Ned Lamont and legislative Democrats are rumored to hold a special session to vote on “trucks only” tolls in a matter of days, despite the 2020 Legislative Session set…

Sunday 01/19/2020
THEIR VIEW: Ban on free expression at Olympics is shortsighted
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [07:52 PM]

Among the many inspiring displays at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington is a statue of U.S. Olympic athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos thrusting their clenched fists into the air as they received their…

CHRIS POWELL: Tolls aren't really for transit
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [07:49 PM]

Columnist With Democratic state senators scrambling to assemble 18 votes to support imposing highway tolls on big trucks, their majority leader, Norwalk Sen. Bob Duff, declared at a forum last weekend that it’s “a big myth” that state government has…

Why the Supreme Court might intervene in the Senate trial
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [07:48 PM]

After its 2000 decision in Bush v. Gore, Justice David Souter reportedly “wept” when the role of the Supreme Court was raised in determining the outcome of the presidential election. The court continues to grapple with the legacy - and…

Russia's prime minister has just resigned, which means Putin has plans
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [07:46 PM]

In a surprise move, the Russian government headed by Dmitry Medvedev resigned Wednesday. Medvedev had served as prime minister since 2012 and had often been mentioned as a potential successor to President Vladimir Putin should he leave office in 2024,…

Friday 01/17/2020
It's not just older voters who are giving Biden the lead
icon Posted: 17 January 2020 [08:24 PM]

Conventional wisdom has emerged that former vice president Joe Biden’s lead with black voters is due in large part to older black voters who are familiar with the former lawmaker. Since he launched his campaign, multiple polls have regularly shown…

MLB commissioner's statement on Astros has one big omission
icon Posted: 17 January 2020 [08:22 PM]

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s long, forceful, impressively-first-person-authored statement on the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has roiled baseball this offseason mentions 14 specific human beings by name. Two of them are the reporters who broke the story in…

Monday 01/13/2020
The shortest world war in history is over
icon Posted: 13 January 2020 [08:17 PM]

Columnist Did you miss the news? I’m talking about the big war between the U.S. and Iran that Democrats and the liberal media were hoping and maybe even praying would explode in the Middle East this week and prevent the…

Friday 01/10/2020
Second Amendment 'sanctuaries' won't hold up in court
icon Posted: 10 January 2020 [07:33 PM]

Overblown alarm over reasonable gun-safety laws proposed in statehouses across the country has led to a movement by various local governments declaring themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries” - vowing to establish local jurisdictions where state gun laws that they view as…

Teens are shunning cars
icon Posted: 10 January 2020 [07:31 PM]

The much-discussed collapse in teenage driving in the U.S. seems to have ended a few years ago. But the less-discussed recovery, which I wrote about last year, seems to be over, too. Newly released data from the Federal Highway Administration…

Thursday 01/09/2020
How many more illegals can Connecticut afford?
icon Posted: 09 January 2020 [08:14 PM]

Connecticut should welcome immigrants, Governor Lamont and the politically correct crowd at the state Capitol say, failing to distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants even as the state has ever-larger numbers of the latter. So it might have been fun…

Wednesday 01/08/2020
YOUR VIEW: Wonderful performance by orchestra
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:32 PM]

To The Editor: I attended an excellent concert on January 5 given by the New Britain Symphony Orchestra at the stately South Congregational - First Baptist Church in New Britain. The music was provided by a Brass Quintet consisting of…

YOUR VIEW: Kind strangers in New Britain
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:31 PM]

To The Editor: Just a note of thanks to the hospital staff, EMTs, police officers, the store clerk and a customer who were extremely kind and professional to this traveler. We were on our way to Ohio for the…

YOUR VIEW: Good column by Powell
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:30 PM]

To The Editor: Chris Powell, I very much enjoyed your column about Russian interference, etc. I think your opinions here are spot on, and a refreshing change from normal coverage. It’s sad, however, that you can’t distinguish between the national…

Tuesday 01/07/2020
GUEST COMMENTARY: The importance of a local newspaper
icon Posted: 07 January 2020 [08:12 PM]

The front page of the January 1, 2020 Herald was devoted to a poignant and thought provoking statement by the publisher of the goals and aspirations of our local newspaper. For those who didn’t see it, it should be…

Sunday 01/05/2020
More signs of decline in Connecticut
icon Posted: 05 January 2020 [09:16 PM]

Population growth may not be the perfect measure of a jurisdiction’s success - impoverished Bangladesh probably can do without any more people for a while - but some conclusions may be drawn from what the U.S. Census Bureau reported about…

Friday 01/03/2020
Goals for 2020 goals are in sight
icon Posted: 03 January 2020 [07:28 PM]

As 2019 has come to a close and another year of projects, developments, and new initiatives come to fruition, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of my top goals for the New Year. While there are many…

If you really love books, you owe a debt to Sonny Mehta
icon Posted: 03 January 2020 [07:25 PM]

“I have always found comfort in the confines of a book or manuscript,” Sonny Mehta, the editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf, said in 2018 as he accepted the Center for Fiction’s Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Lifetime Achievement.…

Thursday 01/02/2020
Democrats' indignation is phony
icon Posted: 02 January 2020 [07:05 PM]

Maybe the biggest irony arising from the impeachment of President Trump is the complaint made by Democrats that Russia “interfered” with the 2016 presidential election on behalf of Trump. There is little evidence of Russian interference and no evidence that…

Wednesday 01/01/2020
THEIR VIEW: Purging voters is not an answer to election fraud
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:36 PM]

Georgia struck almost 100,000 voters from its rolls. In Wisconsin, a state with only 3.3 million registered voters, perhaps 200,000 are set to be purged. Some of them might have moved out of their respective states or died. But…

Trump still uses his cell phone for official business, and that's a problem
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:32 PM]

By The Washington Post The Kremlin might know more about conversations between President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others involved in the Ukraine gambit that led to Congress’ impeachment inquiry than congressional investigators themselves. The reason for this…

Electric cars still don't live up to the hype
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:30 PM]

With a new decade starting shortly, it’s time for conscientious columnists to undergo their self- administered decennial performance reviews. I’ll start - and try to keep it focused. For the past 10 years, I’ve waged a quixotic counteroffensive against electric-car…

The Supreme Court's past decade could be liberals' last gasp
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:28 PM]

The 2010s will go down in history as a contradictory period at the Supreme Court. The decade featured one liberal decision - the gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges - that will be read as long as the justices’ opinions…

Tuesday 12/31/2019
OUR VIEW: A story of commitment
icon Posted: 31 December 2019 [07:03 PM]

When we took over The Bristol Press more than a decade ago, we made a commitment to our mission: “To have a positive impact in the communities we serve.” What does that simple phrase mean? For us as…

Libya is at risk for becoming the site of a multinational war
icon Posted: 31 December 2019 [06:11 PM]

Libya, which has lived with civil war off and on since 2011, now is on the brink of joining Syria as the site of a major multinational conflict. On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he would ask…

Rudy Giuliani, Venezuela and the Logan Act
icon Posted: 31 December 2019 [06:10 PM]

At first glance, The Washington Post’s scoop about Rudy Giuliani’s maneuvering in Venezuela sounds pretty familiar: He pushed a foreign government to take specific action, even as his efforts were making U.S. government officials nervous and contradicted official U.S. policy.…