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Granddaddy's Secrets: Parents, we are a work in progress!

Columnist Each day, each year and each kid is different! Each is filled with unique exhilarating moments, as well as, overwhelming challenges for us mere mortals. We humans know we’re not perfect. And since parents are humans too, no matter…

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Monday 11/20/2017
Kathleen Parker: A groper's gallery of the grotesque
icon Posted: 20 November 2017 [05:34 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - It seems more than coincidence that the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency coincides with a trend that was heretofore unrecognized - groping. Gropers abound, it seems. From Harvey Weinstein to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore…

House bill unleashes a dangerous avalanche of campaign cash
icon Posted: 20 November 2017 [05:33 PM]

Moneyball politics took a great leap forward when the Supreme Court opened the door to campaign contributions from corporations and unions in the 2010 case Citizens United v. FEC. Now the Republican-controlled House has passed a tax bill that, should…

Their View: Nebraska follows voters' wishes with death penalty plans
icon Posted: 20 November 2017 [05:31 PM]

OMAHA World-Herald The Ricketts administration is keeping the faith with Nebraska voters who in 2016 strongly supported reviving the death penalty. The Department of Correctional Services announced Thursday that it plans to use a new combination of four…

Sunday 11/19/2017
Our View: Affordable health care is essential to many families
icon Posted: 19 November 2017 [10:00 PM]

We were glad to see that Hartford HealthCare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield were finally able to reach an agreement after a more than a month-long impasse that left patients scrambling to find new doctors or face escalating health…

A Point to Ponder: Thank you, God, for this Thanksgiving
icon Posted: 19 November 2017 [09:58 PM]

Columnist To me, Thanksgiving is a very special celebration. It’s a day we stop and say thanks for family, friends and where we are in the world. It’s a time we realize we are blessed by the God of our…

E.J. Dionne: A fight more pressing than Dem squabbling
icon Posted: 19 November 2017 [07:37 PM]

Columnist CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Sometimes, the Democratic Party amazes me. And not in a good way. Here is a party fresh off a series of big election triumphs all over the country. The nation faces an unprecedented challenge brought on…

Puerto Rico, in the dark
icon Posted: 19 November 2017 [07:35 PM]

The departure from Puerto Rico this week of the Army general who led the military’s response to Hurricane Maria is being depicted as a sign the island is no longer in crisis mode but instead is transitioning to long-term recovery.…

Jim Hightower: No corporate welfare for Amazon.com
icon Posted: 19 November 2017 [07:33 PM]

Columnist Isn’t it funny that right-wing politicians across the country piously rant against giving a few bucks worth of jobless benefits to the needy - then turn around and shove billions of our tax dollars into corporate welfare for the…

Their View: Sound advice for today's gentlemen
icon Posted: 19 November 2017 [07:32 PM]

THE Concord Monitor Dear men of America: Assume that the person who refills your coffee cup prefers that you call her by name, not “Sweetie,” ‘’Honey,” ‘’Darling” or “Cutie.” Assume that your co-worker’s self-esteem will be just fine if you…

Saturday 11/18/2017
Our View: Let's hope intolerance by a few leads to greater acceptance
icon Posted: 18 November 2017 [07:37 PM]

Intolerance by what we hope was only a small group of parents earned Bristol an embarrassing national spotlight this week as the cancellation of an educational presentation for a 7th grade class by a Muslim woman gained national attention on…

Kathleen Parker: What to my wondering ears did he say?
icon Posted: 18 November 2017 [07:37 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: “I believe the women.” All across America, forks dropped, glasses shattered and knees wobbled as women turned to…

Michael Reagan: Not aspiring for Senator Moore or Weird Al
icon Posted: 18 November 2017 [07:33 PM]

Hello, Senator Franken. Welcome to the growing list of creepy guys in Hollywood and Washington who apparently think it’s OK - or funny - for men in power to sexually harass or assault women and men. We’ll see if the…

Has Sessions got the world's worst memory or what?
icon Posted: 18 November 2017 [07:30 PM]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ defense for apparently misleading Congress about his knowledge of campaign contacts with Russians is that he has a bad memory. No, honestly. The man who now oversees the entire Justice Department might have heard about contacts…

Richard Cordray's Consumer Finance Protection Board has done its job well
icon Posted: 18 November 2017 [07:29 PM]

BLOOMBERG View President Donald Trump will soon get a chance to remake the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the signature creations of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The current director, Richard Cordray, has just announced his…

Friday 11/17/2017
OUR VIEW: Ghost guns: How can we prevent against them?
icon Posted: 17 November 2017 [09:56 PM]

It’s a little bit like whack a mole, though far more deadly. Whack a mole is, of course, a game in which players use a mallet to hit toy moles, which appear - and disappear - at random, back into…

JIM HIGHTOWER: One monstrosity The Donald won't want his name on
icon Posted: 17 November 2017 [09:52 PM]

If you’ve been to any of the cities graced with a Trump hotel, casino, or resort, you know that The Donald splashes his name in giant, gaudy letters across every structure he owns - preferably in gold. Now he’s taken…

Yet another needless tragedy
icon Posted: 17 November 2017 [09:50 PM]

So inured has this country become to mass shootings that when another person with a semiautomatic weapon goes on a rampage, we’re conditioned to focus on reactions, rather than root causes. In the case of an incident in Northern…

Connecting mass shooters and domestic violence
icon Posted: 17 November 2017 [09:49 PM]

The Washington Post “No one wants to listen when it’s time to listen.” That’s what Mildred Muhammad says quietly to herself every time another mass shooting makes news. And she waits, and it often comes. The connection. Domestic violence. If…

Thursday 11/16/2017
Yet another needless tragedy
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

So inured has this country become to mass shootings that when another person with a semiautomatic weapon goes on a rampage, we’re conditioned to focus on reactions, rather than root causes. In the case of an incident in Northern California…

Who will stand up to recklessness?
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

WASHINGTON - The GOP bill that should be called the Cut Taxes on President Trump and Other Very Rich People Act of 2017 always had a secondary purpose: to jack up the deficit so Republicans could later cry out in…

GOP tax plans mock conservative precepts
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:49 PM]

Republicans claim allegiance to two conservative principles supposedly at the heart of their key legislative initiatives. One is opposition to double taxation, the core of their case to repeal the estate tax. The other is that state and local governments…

OUR VIEW: Another step toward ensuring a valid vote
icon Posted: 16 November 2017 [07:49 PM]

It may seem like a pain but an audit of the election just past is one of the necessary protections for our democratic system. We learned this week that Bristol’s Chippens Hill Middle School was selected in a random drawing…

Wednesday 11/15/2017
Our View: All they're asking for is a turkey and a donation
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:49 PM]

Perhaps because the warm weather lasted into November (and no one is complaining about that!), the holidays seem to be taking us by surprise. Next week is Thanksgiving and suddenly we’re all scrambling to get ready. In fact, one can’t-miss…

Students lose the most from DeVos' deregulations
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:47 PM]

BLOOMBERG View Under President Barack Obama, the government took steps to impose greater accountability on the for-profit education industry and protect students from predatory schools. The policy is both just and cost-effective: For-profit schools saddle students with more…

Fox's Shepherd Smith debunks his network's Clinton 'scandal' story
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:43 PM]

Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium “scandal,” infuriating Fox viewers, some of whom suggested that he ought go work for CNN or MSNBC. Smith’s critique, which called President Donald Trump’s…

Russia passes law targeting foreign media as 'foreign agents'
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:42 PM]

MOSCOW - The Russian State Duma voted 414-0 on Wednesday to pass legislation allowing authorities to force any foreign media organization to register as a “foreign agent” under penalty of fines or a possible ban on operations in Russia. The…

Tuesday 11/14/2017
This part of the GOP tax bill proves what it's really about
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:43 PM]

Republicans insist that their tax reform is designed to help the middle class and curb the use of tax loopholes. But a little-discussed provision tells a different story. That provision is the repeal of the alternative minimum tax, which would…

Trump's plan for domestic terror is MIA
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:42 PM]

In the wake of the Oct. 31 terrorist attack in New York City, it’s clear that time has run out for the Trump administration to develop, articulate and implement a real strategy to deal with domestic radicalization. Due to politics,…

Confessions of a baseball fan
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:41 PM]

I’ve been a Red Sox fan for as long as I can remember. The months from April to October always bring me great joy, with the opportunity to study and follow a team I get to know very well.…

OUR VIEW: Giving children the tools they need to feel safe
icon Posted: 14 November 2017 [07:40 PM]

Something important happened at West Bristol K-8 School this week. On Tuesday, Bristol Press reporter Susan Corica told us that the school was giving children as young as 5 the tools to handle bullies - both those who attempt to…

Monday 11/13/2017
Our View: The voting is over; now it's time to come together
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:52 PM]

The headline in Monday’s Bristol Press caught our eye. It read: Plymouth mayor urges community to work together. The campaign in that town, like so many others this year, had been divisive and, in some cases, deliberately hurtful. All…

E.J. Dionne: Trump's real constituency: The super-rich
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:50 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - The focus on President Trump’s political strength among white working-class voters distracts from a truth that may be more important: His rise depended on support from rich conservatives, and his program serves the interests of those who…

Granddaddy's Secrets: Parenting tips from the No. 1 program in the world!
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:50 PM]

Columnist According to research, the Triple P- Positive Parenting Program is the United Nations top-ranked parenting program. Triple P is supported by more than 30 years of research and has helped millions of families worldwide. The help centers around five…

Trump says tax plan would make him a 'big loser.' Prove it
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:48 PM]

Rustling up votes for the GOP tax plan, President Donald Trump on Tuesday reportedly assured Senate Democrats that he would not personally benefit from the proposal. In fact, he insisted, his accountant told him he will be a “big loser”…

Your View: Counting winners and losers in Tuesday's vote
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:43 PM]

To the Editor: I have always said that local elections deal with local issues. Among the local issues are the town’s budget and property taxes. The Democrats managed to win in Bristol. The Republicans held on to New Britain and…

Sunday 11/12/2017
OUR VIEW: Father's not responsible for actions of son
icon Posted: 12 November 2017 [09:12 PM]

Last week, a local baseball fan proposed renaming Paul Manafort Drive, a street that had been given that name to honor a former mayor. The fan’s hope was to honor World Series baseball hero George Springer, a New Britain native…

Trump is the lapdog of China's Xi
icon Posted: 12 November 2017 [09:10 PM]

“The two-day trip was orchestrated to project the image of remote and absolute power that [Chinese President] Xi enjoys and [President] Trump admires. There were no protests, no questions from the press, no ordinary people - nothing but pleasantries and…

Republicans, polar bears and pedophiles, oh my!
icon Posted: 12 November 2017 [09:07 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Desperation seems to be driving Republicans this grateful season as they seek to trade polar bears for tax cuts, while fervently praying that former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore didn’t do what he’s…

Saturday 11/11/2017
Our View: Will men in power finally be held accountable?
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:51 PM]

It may an exaggeration to say that every woman who has ever worked for a living has encountered some form of sexual harassment - but only slightly. So, for most, the only surprise in the latest barrage of…

E.J. Dionne: Voters yearn for an end to the Trump era
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:49 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Tuesday’s Democratic sweep obliterated a series of outdated story lines in American politics and opened a new era. Forget those repetitious tales about some piece of President Trump’s base still sticking with him. It’s now clear, from…

Chris Powell: Whitewash by state police in fabricated charges scheme
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:48 PM]

Columnist Michael Picard is a provocateur in support of gun rights and opposition to drunken-driving checkpoints. Whatever people think of his politics, he has acted within the law, as he did one night in September 2015, when, standing near an…

Michael Reagan: Don't be fooled by the fake news from Virginia
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:46 PM]

Columnist Will someone please throw an ocean of ice water on the Pelosi-Schumer-MSM axis of evil? Their ecstasy over the results in Virginia’s election returns Tuesday night shows how desperate the Democrats are for any sign of hope that their…

The candidacy of Roy Moore is another GOP calamity
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:46 PM]

By Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post’s blockbuster article on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, the twice-booted judge whose incendiary rhetoric on gays and Muslims spurred a handful of elected Republicans to refuse to back him, found Moore allegedly engaged…

Friday 11/10/2017
Our View: Celebrate those who truly made our country great
icon Posted: 10 November 2017 [07:22 PM]

Today we observe Veterans Day, a once-a-year event when we celebrate the men and women who serve and protect our country with ceremonies and discounts at participating restaurants. Yes, there are many who would try to co-opt this special day…

Veterans Day by the numbers
icon Posted: 10 November 2017 [07:19 PM]

“I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces.” “Ah, yes, you refer to Veterans Day facts and figures shared by the U.S. Census Bureau. Did you know there are nearly 20…

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