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THEIR VIEW: Rooting out corruption in NCAA basketball

The FBI’s investigation last fall into corruption and fraud in men’s college basketball can’t really be called a wake-up call. Not when the problems - big money, flouted rules, sham classes and never any consequences for wrongdoing - had been…

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Sunday 05/20/2018
Politicians who took NRA money ought to give it back
icon Posted: 20 May 2018 [08:57 PM]

One of the extraordinary findings in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s preliminary report released on Wednesday concerns the National Rifle Association. The report states: “The Committee has obtained a number of documents that suggest the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association…

A reckoning is coming for blue states on tax cuts
icon Posted: 20 May 2018 [08:56 PM]

Washington Post Before the ink was dry on our new tax bill, outraged blue states were screaming about the cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes. Their governments were also frantically seeking ways around it, and small wonder.…

THEIR VIEW: State-by-state sports betting rules a bad idea
icon Posted: 20 May 2018 [08:55 PM]

Opelika-Auburn News says the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest decision on sports gambling is concerning: It was tough enough on sports-crazed universities such as Auburn and Alabama when last fall the FBI began revealing its findings and accusations in a nationwide,…

YOUR VIEW: Help us help our veterans
icon Posted: 20 May 2018 [08:52 PM]

To The Editor: Once again, the Suburban Woman’s Club of New Britain is looking for support from our community to help us continue to raise the necessary funds to enable our club to continue the work that we do on…

Friday 05/18/2018
THEIR VIEW: Toxic stalling tactics
icon Posted: 18 May 2018 [08:59 PM]

“The public, media, and Congressional reaction to these numbers is going to be huge,” a White House staffer wrote in a newly revealed email, calling the release of a new Department of Health and Human Services study a…

YOUR VIEW: Many helped make Duck Race a success
icon Posted: 18 May 2018 [08:59 PM]

To The Editor, On behalf of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank the many people who helped make the 2018 Pequabuck River Duck Race a success. This was our 14th race and we couldn’t have done…

Medical advice being dispensed by dispensaries?
icon Posted: 18 May 2018 [08:59 PM]

A law promoting more pot consumption has been sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper for his signature. Meanwhile, a study by Colorado physicians finds marijuana dispensaries urging women to use the drug while pregnant. If Colorado has not hit…

Politicians aren't as dumb as most of us think
icon Posted: 18 May 2018 [08:58 PM]

WASHINGTON - Let’s posit three rules of political analysis. First, data are better than presuppositions. Second, actual votes cast can tell us more than the polls. Third, even when we carefully examine the facts, we’re all vulnerable to…

For someone who calls himself a builder, Trump likes wrecking stuff
icon Posted: 18 May 2018 [08:58 PM]

Opinion Editor and Political Columnist for PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. For a man who likes to brag about what a big builder he is, President Donald Trump spends a lot of time burning stuff down. From his pursuit of…

Thursday 05/17/2018
THEIR VIEW: Failure likely between U.S., North Korea
icon Posted: 17 May 2018 [06:55 PM]

North Korea’s latest threats haven’t yet doomed the summit planned between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un - but they underscore a vital point. The White House should prepare itself and the American people for failure. Comments from one of…

Drug policies without compassion are doomed
icon Posted: 17 May 2018 [06:53 PM]

The Washington Post If you ask people what caused the opioid crisis ravaging our country, you’ll no doubt hear that doctors are to blame for handing out painkiller prescriptions too liberally. That narrative makes sense: Over the past few decades,…

I bid farewell to the master of the American universe
icon Posted: 17 May 2018 [06:51 PM]

The Washington Post I was not, alas, close to Tom Wolfe. I knew him only slightly: I saw him at occasional parties and dinners at his Upper East Side haunts, including the Lotos Club, where a glorious full-length portrait of…

Cohen's behavior may be slimy and sleazy, but is it illegal?
icon Posted: 17 May 2018 [06:50 PM]

To understand the sorry state of federal public corruption law and its present inability to punish even the most egregious influencepeddling, consider a hypothetical scenario involving President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. Cohen was reportedly paid several million dollars over…

Wednesday 05/16/2018
THEIR VIEW: Lawmakers must follow the Constitution on waging war
icon Posted: 16 May 2018 [06:51 PM]

Americans might differ over the finer points of the Founding Fathers’ plan to share war-making authority between the executive and legislative branches, but the basic principle has always been clear. Congress, and only Congress, has the power to declare war;…

Voters miss Obama because they respected his integrity
icon Posted: 16 May 2018 [06:50 PM]

The Washington Post A CNN poll last week showed that most Americans think Barack Obama was a better president than Donald Trump has been. The margin was huge: 19 percentage points. Trump supporters will yell “fake news,” but they’ll be…

I will be sitting out this royal wedding
icon Posted: 16 May 2018 [06:49 PM]

Washington Post The big day is approaching, and I’m so thrilled for the royal couple that I’ve decided to offer them the ultimate wedding present: my sincerest and most respectful neglect. I’ve been a journalist long enough to know that…

A suit the Democratic National Committee might regret
icon Posted: 16 May 2018 [06:47 PM]

Many Americans might be sympathetic to the Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit against the Russian government, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign, alleging that they conspired to hack the DNC’s servers and disseminate stolen emails during the 2016 election. After all, Moscow…

Tuesday 05/15/2018
THEIR VIEW: One year for Mueller
icon Posted: 15 May 2018 [08:42 PM]

It has been a year since Special Counsel Robert Mueller took over the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. Since then, by all appearances, he has performed with professionalism, integrity and remarkable efficiency. That is not President Donald Trump’s view, of course.…

CHRIS POWELL: Will Boughton say enough to win the primary, too?
icon Posted: 15 May 2018 [08:41 PM]

Endorsing Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton for governor at their convention over the weekend, the Republican state convention selected the party’s most experienced and vetted candidate, a moderate with a long record of governmental and electoral success in a Democratic city.…

Alarming new revelations about Trump and Fox News
icon Posted: 15 May 2018 [08:39 PM]

There are two Mueller probes. There’s the one that exists in the Fox News-addled mind of President Donald Trump and his supporters, which features dark conspiracy-mongering about a “Deep State coup” against Trump; out-of-control federal agents jackbooting poor, hapless Trump…

To fight obesity, we should tax sugary soft drinks
icon Posted: 15 May 2018 [08:36 PM]

Eating too much added sugar has become one of the riskiest health behaviors in the modern world. None too soon, governments are waking up to the fact. Staggering under the burden of increasingly overweight populations, more than 30 countries have…

Monday 05/14/2018
THEIR VIEW: Don't punish companies for turning against guns
icon Posted: 14 May 2018 [08:01 PM]

A growing number of U.S. companies are reviewing their policies on selling guns or dealing with firms that do. This has put the Republican Party in a quandary. How is it to respond, for instance, to Citigroup’s recent demand that…

GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Why are teachers going on strike?
icon Posted: 14 May 2018 [08:00 PM]

Columnist Dear Granddaddy, why are teachers going on strike? Leo T. – A Concerned Citizen Leo, thanks for taking your valuable time to ask about this very important matter. What’s happening in our schools across the country is not obvious…

Symptoms at NBC hint at a larger sickness
icon Posted: 14 May 2018 [07:59 PM]

Washington Post As months go, this has been a terrible one for NBC News. Among the low points:  The ace reporter whose work the network’s management couldn’t seem to support adequately - Ronan Farrow - broke another huge story…

Haspel faces decision on CIA torture
icon Posted: 14 May 2018 [07:57 PM]

Gina Haspel has shown she has all the qualities to become the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, except one. For 33 years with the agency, Ms. Haspel has been on the front lines of America’s greatest security challenges,…

It's time to curb out-of-control health-care costs
icon Posted: 14 May 2018 [07:56 PM]

Americans spend approximately 90 percent more for the medicines they use, as a percentage of income, than do citizens of the five largest European markets, according to a recent study by University of Southern California (USC) experts. This contributes to…

Sunday 05/13/2018
THEIR VIEW: Are political polls really necessary
icon Posted: 13 May 2018 [08:29 PM]

Is the age of political polling dead? Not if one considers the record number of surveys being disseminated to the public. What polling has lost, however, is the credibility that its numbers reflect a true measure of public mood, which…

CHRIS POWELL: Legislators thrilled to avoid doing what Connecticut needs
icon Posted: 13 May 2018 [08:28 PM]

Columnist Concluding the 2018 session of the General Assembly this week, legislators congratulated themselves on a status-quo and bipartisan budget that bequeaths mammoth deficits to themselves and the new governor next year. This was no great service to a…

Europe won't rally around US sanctions on Iran
icon Posted: 13 May 2018 [08:26 PM]

Bloomberg Driving a wedge between the U.S. and Europe has long been a top policy goal for President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Now, another oil regime, Iran, shares that ambition. And even though Iran and Russia don’t have a…

Sessions' border plan to separate families is un-American
icon Posted: 13 May 2018 [08:25 PM]

Defending the border by pulling children from the arms of their parents is brutal, immoral and un-American. That will be the upshot of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s plan to immediately detain and prosecute everyone - including asylum-seekers and parents…

Friday 05/11/2018
THEIR VIEW: Threat of terror attacks impacts deadly force rules
icon Posted: 11 May 2018 [08:41 PM]

The toll of pedestrians killed by terrorists using vehicles as indiscriminate weapons has prompted big-city police departments to reassess long-standing policies governing officers’ use of deadly force. In several U.S. cities, including the District of Columbia, blanket rules banning police…

It's the same old swamp, but with different reptiles
icon Posted: 11 May 2018 [08:40 PM]

Washington Post Until the FBI raided his office, home and hotel room in April, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen was known mostly for his star turns on cable television as his client’s most cringe-worthy defender, along with…

Discussion over Haspel is how senators should make decisions
icon Posted: 11 May 2018 [08:34 PM]

Washington Post By Jennifer Rubin Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is among the most sober-minded and serious members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His announcement that he would oppose the nomination of Gina Haspel for CIA chief was, on one hand,…

The VA is working just fine, thank you very much
icon Posted: 11 May 2018 [08:34 PM]

“A government-run, single-payer, bureaucratic health-care system that doesn’t work.” That’s how Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., described the Department of Veterans Affairs last month on “Meet the Press.” Johnson’s remarks are typical of Republicans in Congress, who have made no secret…

Thursday 05/10/2018
THEIR VIEW: Health care sabotage is impacting Americans
icon Posted: 10 May 2018 [07:59 PM]

It is a tribute to the resilience of the United States’ public and private institutions that, despite President Donald Trump’s incoherent management, the country has, by many measures, continued to improve, notching its lowest unemployment rate since 2000 in the…

YOUR VIEW: State's budget dysfunction has hurt families
icon Posted: 10 May 2018 [07:58 PM]

To the Editor: I recently met with Scott Gaudet, principal at Greene-Hills School, to discuss the impact of the state budget cuts on programs in his school. He introduced me to Linda Rich, the program director for the Family Resource…

Golden State Killer case has privacy implications
icon Posted: 10 May 2018 [07:56 PM]

By The Washngton Times Genetic science has dramatically expanded the methods of bringing criminals to justice, but not every measurement is meant for prying eyes, and the dive into the gene pool can turn the lights on the…

There is no justice for those harassed by judges
icon Posted: 10 May 2018 [07:55 PM]

Federal judges regularly preside over sexual harassment cases. But due to a quirk in the law, sexual harassment victims who work for the federal court system cannot file suit to complain about mistreatment in their workplace. Their only recourse is…

Sen. McConnell should really listen to Sen. McConnell
icon Posted: 10 May 2018 [07:53 PM]

In February 1998, the then-junior senator from Kentucky, Republican Mitch McConnell, said this on the Senate floor: “Our nation is indeed at a crossroads. Will we pursue the search for truth or will we dodge, weave and evade the truth?…

Wednesday 05/09/2018
THEIR VIEW: Malice for migrants
icon Posted: 09 May 2018 [08:10 PM]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is indifferent about whether undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States are simply seeking a better life for themselves and their families or whether they are fleeing domestic abuse, drug cartels, extortion rackets or political violence.…

YOUR VIEW: Toby the pug would make a great mascot
icon Posted: 09 May 2018 [08:08 PM]

To The Editor: A letter to Bristol Mayor Zoppo-Sassu Dear Mayor: We have a proposal for you! We think the town of Bristol needs a doggie mascot, and it should be our friend Toby. If you don’t take Toby…

Schneiderman's resignation swift and telling
icon Posted: 09 May 2018 [08:06 PM]

The accusations of assault and swift resignation of New York’s attorney general would have been unimaginable a few years ago. Other men have abused their power and hidden that from public view. Others have been outspoken and effective in…

Killing the Iran deal is only the first step
icon Posted: 09 May 2018 [08:05 PM]

Now that President Donald Trump has officially withdrawn the U.S. from the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the world has to figure out how to live with that decision. Strategic reappraisals are taking place in Tehran, Europe and, most…

Tuesday 05/08/2018
THEIR VIEW: Taking the Fifth should not be the first choice
icon Posted: 08 May 2018 [08:53 PM]

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani does not believe that President Donald Trump should sit down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and simply tell the truth. “Every lawyer in America thinks he would be a fool to testify,” Giuliani insisted…

Haspel could fix CIA's gender problem
icon Posted: 08 May 2018 [08:51 PM]

With the nomination of Gina Haspel to be the next director of the CIA, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement may have arrived at the CIA. For the women of the CIA’s clandestine service, having one of our own be nominated…

E.J. DIONNE: Trumpian hypocrisy and the flight from religion
icon Posted: 08 May 2018 [08:50 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Do you wonder why the proportion of Americans declaring themselves unaffiliated with organized religion has skyrocketed in recent decades? This trend is especially pronounced among adults under 30, roughly 40 percent of whom claim no…

Melania Trump's new campaign: Is she pulling our leg?
icon Posted: 08 May 2018 [08:48 PM]

The Post reports: “In an unusual Rose Garden address Monday, Melania Trump said that “too often social media is used in negative ways” and that she plans to dedicate the rest of her time as first lady to bringing attention…

Monday 05/07/2018
THEIR VIEW: All guns laws are not created equal
icon Posted: 07 May 2018 [06:05 PM]

In New Hampshire and Maine it is legal to carry a concealed loaded firearm without first getting a permit or license, essentially stripping police chiefs of the power to evaluate whether someone poses a danger to the public. If you…

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