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THEIR VIEW: Trump points fingers as California burns

This year may be remembered for last week’s anti-Trump voter revolt or the advance of the #MeToo movement. But in California, 2018 might be remembered for its monster wildfires. The Camp Fire north of Sacramento is the deadliest wildfire in…

icon Posted: 16 November 2018 [08:13 PM]

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Friday 11/16/2018
Melania Trump is helping sexist stereotypes stay alive
icon Posted: 16 November 2018 [08:12 PM]

Melania Trump really does care, after all. The president tweets his rogue declarations; his wife takes another route and issues official statements. On Monday, there was a huffing and puffing response from Melania Trump’s spokeswoman to Michelle Obama’s remark that…

It takes time to correctly count each and every vote
icon Posted: 16 November 2018 [08:12 PM]

REPUBLICAN REGISTRAR OF VOTERS AND DEMOCRATIC REGISTRAR OF VOTERS In Bristol, unofficial results were entered into the Secretary of the State’s Election Management System and posted on our website on election night and therefore candidates and the public all knew…

Thursday 11/15/2018
THEIR VIEW: Stop for the school bus, a child's life is at stake
icon Posted: 15 November 2018 [08:04 PM]

School bus drivers must watch in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignore flashing red lights and extended stop sign arms to pass buses. It happens frequently, despite law enforcement agencies’ focused attempts to stop it. That puts children at…

If you 're really leaving, just go
icon Posted: 15 November 2018 [08:01 PM]

Columnist Anyone who got a penny for each time he heard someone threaten to leave Connecticut because of its corrupt and ineffectual state government would be rich. Anyone who got a dollar for every such person he heard who fulfilled…

White House is in the middle of a meltdown
icon Posted: 15 November 2018 [08:00 PM]

Every White House experiences tension and turnover; it’s a stressful environment where punishingly long hours are the norm, everyone has his or her own ambitions, and the stakes are extremely high. A certain amount of controlled chaos is inevitable. But…

U.S. must end all military support of the Saudi coalition
icon Posted: 15 November 2018 [07:58 PM]

By The Washington Post Two weeks ago, the Trump administration took a first step toward reining in the reckless Saudi regime under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, calling for a cease-fire in the war Saudi Arabia has been…

Wednesday 11/14/2018
OUR VIEW: Release the police video
icon Posted: 14 November 2018 [09:05 PM]

The one year anniversary of New Britain’s fatal police involved shooting is coming up next month. The department completed its non-binding review in February and found “no egregious violations” of police policy occurred on the night five officers shot three…

Catholic Church waves red flag on clergy sex abuse
icon Posted: 14 November 2018 [09:01 PM]

It is evident that the Catholic Church is incapable on its own of exorcising the scourge of clergy sex abuse. The scandal raged unchecked for decades and, even after it was exposed in 2002 by the Boston Globe, has…

DOJ's new strategy: Distract, distract, distract
icon Posted: 14 November 2018 [08:59 PM]

The Justice Department has implemented a new strategy for defending President Donald Trump’s most controversial policies: Declare an urgent threat to the executive branch, bypass ordinary judicial procedure and rush straight to the Supreme Court. Over the past few weeks,…

Exactly who will benefit from Amazon's expansion?
icon Posted: 14 November 2018 [08:58 PM]

Amazon’s expansion of its headquarters to New York City and suburban Washington, D.C., made public just a week after Google’s announcement of a planned expansion in Manhattan, shows that the rich are getting richer: That is, only well-developed urban areas…

Tuesday 11/13/2018
OUR VIEW: Get ready for winter
icon Posted: 13 November 2018 [08:45 PM]

It’s that time again. Almost all of the leaves have fallen from the trees. Daylight savings time is in effect and this week we could see the first snowflakes of the season. Even though it isn’t officially winter yet -…

Trump's attack on the press is dangerous
icon Posted: 13 November 2018 [08:44 PM]

This week President Trump banned a CNN reporter - Jim Acosta - from the White House after Acosta asked some tough questions during a press conference. CNN has now filed suit in the matter. It was the latest move by…

North Korea played Trump for a fool, just as we knew it would
icon Posted: 13 November 2018 [08:42 PM]

About six months ago, attendees at a Trump rally were so giddy about the president’s masterly diplomatic maneuvering in supposedly convincing North Korea to suspend testing of nuclear weapons that they began to chant “Nobel! Nobel!,” taking even President Donald…

Who were the real winners in the midterm elections?
icon Posted: 13 November 2018 [08:40 PM]

Who won the midterm elections? The D team or the R team? Let’s see. The Democrats and the progressive left have got Nancy Pelosi back as Speaker of the House for two years. Maxine Waters is ready to rumble too.…

Monday 11/12/2018
THEIR VIEW: Dems make a comeback
icon Posted: 12 November 2018 [08:42 PM]

Continuing uncertainty over a few races does not obscure the clear result of the Nov. 6 election: The Democrats have recaptured decisive control of the House of Representatives. Less clear, however, is on behalf of precisely what policy agenda they…

Woman's Club event was a success
icon Posted: 12 November 2018 [08:41 PM]

To The Editor: Suburban Woman’s Club of New Britain sponsored a Rock n Roll Review dance on Sat. Nov 10 with proceeds going back to many charities in New Britain. We are grateful that we had so much support…

Trump shows contempt for men and women in uniform
icon Posted: 12 November 2018 [08:40 PM]

It seems that soldiers who were captured aren’t the only ones that President Donald Trump doesn’t like. He also apparently doesn’t care much for the ones who died for their country. On Saturday afternoon, the president was scheduled to attend…

Saturday Night Live apologized, move on
icon Posted: 12 November 2018 [08:37 PM]

“Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson got reamed for making a tasteless joke a week ago Saturday about Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost his eye in combat in Afghanistan. Days later, Texans elected Crenshaw, a Republican, to…

Whitaker, the acting attorney general, is unfit for the job
icon Posted: 12 November 2018 [08:35 PM]

Is Matthew Whitaker the legitimate acting attorney general? From approximately the second President Donald Trump oustedAttorney General Jeff Sessions and tapped Whitaker to temporarily exercise the office’s vast authority, legal experts have sparred over whether Trump can unilaterally elevate someone…

Sunday 11/11/2018
THEIR VIEW: Church sex abuse revealed
icon Posted: 11 November 2018 [06:44 PM]

Siobhan O’Connor showed real courage. The former administrative assistant for embattled Bishop Richard Malone stepped out of the shadows to help shed light on arguably the darkest period of time in the recent history of the Roman Catholic church. In…

CNN's Acosta should sue Trump
icon Posted: 11 November 2018 [06:41 PM]

The White House revoked the press pass of and defamed CNN’s Jim Acosta, falsely accusing him of putting his hands on an intern. Press secretary Sarah Sanders accused Acosta of “placing his hands” on the intern. In fact, video shows…

President Trump should learn from Richard Nixon's mistakes
icon Posted: 11 November 2018 [06:39 PM]

President Donald Trump pushed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign on Wednesday. Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff, who has expressed hostility to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry, will step in as acting attorney general and, according to reports, take…

MICHAEL REAGAN: Birthright citizenship is wrong for America
icon Posted: 11 November 2018 [06:36 PM]

The president rolled another flash grenade onto our political stage and it sent the Trump Hate Media into a predictable tizzy. Trump was called a racist - for the umpteenth time - because he said he plans to use…

Friday 11/09/2018
YOUR VIEW: Everyone should see this show
icon Posted: 09 November 2018 [08:23 PM]

By To The Editor: This past Sunday I had the pleasure of seeing the premiere of “Testament of Freedom - Let me tell you about Poland” - a new play by the local Polish amateur theater…

YOUR VIEW: Legislation will strengthen Medicare policy
icon Posted: 09 November 2018 [08:22 PM]

By To The Editor: Each year, approximately 1,200 Medicare patients, over the age of 65, are newly diagnosed with cancers of the blood across the U.S. For these individuals, medical science has advanced to make cellular…

THEIR VIEW: Trump lashes out
icon Posted: 09 November 2018 [08:19 PM]

Nothing tests character like defeat. President Donald Trump has not had to deal with it much in his brief political career, having smashed through a large field to win the Republican nomination in 2016, followed by a stunning triumph in…

The anti-Trump movement is on a roll
icon Posted: 09 November 2018 [08:17 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - The 2018 elections began the demolition of the Trump coalition. There remains much work to do. The results in some states were disappointing, and President Trump’s grip on the Republican Party was strengthened. But a…

The midterm election brought a shift in the gender balance
icon Posted: 09 November 2018 [08:16 PM]

The Washington Post No, the Year of the Woman was not hype. The election returns provide ample reason for those working to shift the gender balance in politics to celebrate. Consider: n Of their seven gubernatorial pickups, four of the Democratic…

Thursday 11/08/2018
THEIR VIEW: Sessions' firing is no surprise to anyone
icon Posted: 08 November 2018 [09:03 PM]

President Donald Trump’s Wednesday firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions was not surprising, but it should still be shocking. Sessions’ sin was not that he was insufficiently wedded to the president’s agenda; indeed, the attorney general was perhaps the most…

CHRIS POWELL: Lamont's bluffing on taxes wins third term for Malloy
icon Posted: 08 November 2018 [08:59 PM]

Maybe it was his only way to win Connecticut’s election for governor, but having assured voters during the final weeks of his campaign that no one would have to sacrifice during his administration, either through tax increases or cuts in…

Khashoggi's brutal murder needs our attention
icon Posted: 08 November 2018 [08:58 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - The midterm elections are finally over, more or less, and we got what we got - Donald Trump is still president. Sorry, but someone had to say it. Now back to the cold realities of…

Be on alert, the millennials' political nightmare is coming
icon Posted: 08 November 2018 [08:56 PM]

Tuesday’s midterm elections were much more than a national repudiation of President Donald Trump, a reminder that the president is still strong in red states or a return to the divided government that Americans so often favor. They were a…

Wednesday 11/07/2018
THEIR VIEW: Welcome the Democrats
icon Posted: 07 November 2018 [08:32 PM]

Democratic victories in congressional elections across the U.S. Tuesday have instantly created a new political dynamic in Washington. The country will surely be better off with at least one house of Congress finally willing to exercise oversight of the executive…

After Hannity mess, Fox redeems itself with prediction
icon Posted: 07 November 2018 [08:30 PM]

Nothing could balance out the journalistic embarrassment of Fox News Channel star Sean Hannity appearing at an onstage love fest with President Donald Trump this week at a Missouri campaign rally. But the network’s “decision desk” valiantly gestured in that…

Election shows divisions are getting wider
icon Posted: 07 November 2018 [08:28 PM]

Divided government has been the American norm over the last 50 years. It has been our condition 70 percent of the time, and voters have ended every period of unified party control of both Congress and the White House after…

Election night in America revealed many missed opportunities
icon Posted: 07 November 2018 [08:27 PM]

From one standpoint, the election results Tuesday night weren’t much of a surprise. Democrats will control the House. Republicans will control the Senate. Which means that partisans of both parties can look forward to the next two years with equal…

Tuesday 11/06/2018
THEIR VIEW: All eyes on China
icon Posted: 06 November 2018 [10:06 PM]

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden in September 2015, Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping announced a breakthrough. The United States and China pledged that neither nation “will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Cell phones, they are everywhere
icon Posted: 06 November 2018 [10:04 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, why do the adults always have to give me a hard time about my phone? Iliana- A student Well, Iliana, I can remember when I was your age and we didn’t have phones or any of the…

Border security is not a military responsibility
icon Posted: 06 November 2018 [10:03 PM]

Sending 5,200 troops to the border - up to 15,000 ultimately, says President Donald Trump - represents an escalation intended to convey a war footing. And the president’s own words reinforce this. The approaching caravan (actually, more than one)…

With election over, Mueller Time is near
icon Posted: 06 November 2018 [10:01 PM]

When the smoke from the midterm election clears, one thing is certain: You will be seeing the name of Robert Mueller a lot more than you have for the past two months, no matter whether the Democrats manage to take…

Refugees aren't criminals and freeloaders. I know. I was one.
icon Posted: 06 November 2018 [10:00 PM]

President Donald Trump has run a disgraceful and hysterical campaign vilifying illegal immigrants and refugees - two categories that appear indistinguishable to him. He doesn’t have a positive word to say about any immigrants, even the legal ones. Most of…

Monday 11/05/2018
editorial-its-time-to-take-action EDITORIAL: It's time to take action
icon Posted: 05 November 2018 [08:57 PM]

At a time when there are many complaints – some valid – that the system prevents qualified residents from voting, there’s no…

THEIR VIEW: When is free speech actually hate speech?
icon Posted: 05 November 2018 [08:43 PM]

Who owns the Internet? That is the question at the core of the controversy over whether companies offering essential Web services are right to drive havens of hate offline. This week they booted the social media site Gab after a…

ERIN E. STEWART: Chief Wardwell will be missed
icon Posted: 05 November 2018 [08:42 PM]

Mayor of New Britain All around us, there are unsung heroes contributing to the wellbeing of our community. Their long hours, hard work, and acts often go unnoticed, but their impact is tremendous and far reaching. In just a few…

Since Parkland, we've been demanding action
icon Posted: 05 November 2018 [08:39 PM]

and Emma González On Feb. 14, 2018, our lives were forever changed by a gunman who killed 17 of our classmates and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In just 11 minutes, our childhood ended.…

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