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Reader questions 'facts' of another letter writer

To the Editor: Another letter to the editor full of untruths has been submitted in an attempt to sway public perception in the name of politics. Jeffrey Quamme, commenting on the June 15 article about the lawsuit against the…

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Friday 06/23/2017
Dental care should not be a luxury, here's why
icon Posted: 23 June 2017 [09:48 PM]

ERIE Times-News When oral health fails, a host of complications can ensue, not the least of which is searing pain and sometimes deadly infection. Advances in dental science enable dentists to create peerless white…

Why Congress finally needs to scrap the debt ceiling
icon Posted: 23 June 2017 [09:44 PM]

Back when I was in Congress, I got a call from a constituent one day. I’d recently voted to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, and the man was more than irate. “Don’t you understand that we’ve got a serious spending…

Our View: City plans next step on theater project
icon Posted: 23 June 2017 [09:35 PM]

STAFF We were excited to see that Bristol is finally - as Friday’s Bristol Press headline stated - ‘Moving Forward’ on plans for a theater at the Memorial Boulevard School. This old building has special meaning for many in Bristol.…

Thursday 06/22/2017
Partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin and others goes too far
icon Posted: 22 June 2017 [08:18 PM]

As politicians from different parties, we disagree a lot. We vote for different candidates for president, we have very different views on taxes, and we disagree strongly on abortion. But some things we agree on: We both love our home…

The Court has a chance to rein in partisan gerrymandering
icon Posted: 22 June 2017 [08:17 PM]

THE Washington Post Politicians have been manipulating legislative district lines in order to tip electoral results their way for about as long as the Republic has existed. The term “gerrymander” was coined 205 years…

Our View: Needed: An election system we can believe in
icon Posted: 22 June 2017 [08:14 PM]

STAFF In case anyone had any lingering doubts about whether the Russians attempted to interfere in last year’s presidential election, Jeh Johnson, former secretary of Homeland Security, put an end to them Thursday, when he testified before Congress. The bad…

Wednesday 06/21/2017
Leaders offer a two-party approach to health care
icon Posted: 21 June 2017 [09:05 PM]

The fate of America’s health-care system, the focus of our nation’s most important - and most heavily politicized - public-policy debate is in the hands of the Senate, where senators get their turn to find a balanced and sustainable approach…

OUR VIEW: They are better together
icon Posted: 21 June 2017 [09:04 PM]

For some time now, we have supported the idea that cities and towns could more efficiently and less expensively deliver essential services by banding together. We’ve seen some small movement in that direction but, for the most part, local leaders…

YOUR VIEW: Reader is looking forward to the mayoral campaign
icon Posted: 21 June 2017 [09:04 PM]

By To the Editor: While I read the front-page article about the allegations against the mayor, something jumped out at me. It wasn’t the question of his guilt or innocence; that is for the court to decide.…

YOUR VIEW: What to do to prepare for a hurricane
icon Posted: 21 June 2017 [09:02 PM]

By To the Bristol Community: As the summer hurricane season approaches, it is time to take a look at how prepared we are for it. We have just experienced another relatively mild winter and thoughts of hurricanes…

Tuesday 06/20/2017
Senate sends right message on Russia sanctions
icon Posted: 20 June 2017 [07:44 PM]

BLOOMBERG View With its 98-2 vote to expand sanctions against Russia, the U.S. Senate has effectively served notice on two great powers in Washington: Russia, which may have to face new costs for…

Nixon went to China, Trump went for 'amnesty'
icon Posted: 20 June 2017 [07:43 PM]

President Richard Nixon, the quintessential Cold Warrior, could pull off an opening to China because his anti-communist credentials were never in doubt. President Donald Trump, the quintessential anti-immigrant xenophobe who called Mexicans “murders,” exploited victims of crimes allegedly committed by…

President Trump's Cuba shift? It's just a small policy tweak.
icon Posted: 20 June 2017 [07:42 PM]

THE Washington Post President Donald Trump announced a new policy on Cuba on Friday, and even before he finished speaking, criticism was pouring in from advocates of President Barack Obama’s opening to the communist island. They…

Our View: Good news from the schools
icon Posted: 20 June 2017 [07:40 PM]

It’s an old-fashioned punishment, one we all took for granted, growing up. And maybe it made sense at a time when Mom was likely to be home all day - and Dad could be counted on for swift…

Monday 06/19/2017
Our View: Could Scott's visit be a wake-up call for us?
icon Posted: 19 June 2017 [10:22 PM]

Editorial Last week we told you about Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to raid Connecticut, urging our best businesses to relocate to the Sunshine state. Well, then, it’s only fair to let you know how one company - one local…

A senator's voice of reason rises from the swamp
icon Posted: 19 June 2017 [09:15 PM]

Looking for someone to make sense of the Washington scandals? It’s always smart to turn to a senator from Maine. In the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is looking at Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election, Maine’s Susan…

Your View: Reader offers a history lesson on presidential power
icon Posted: 19 June 2017 [09:10 PM]

To the Editor: The poet Carl Sandberg once said “freedom is taken for granted until one day you wake up and you don’t have it any more.” The president doesn’t have to have anyone’s approval to fire someone in…

Sunday 06/18/2017
OUR VIEW: Drought may be over, but our duty is not
icon Posted: 18 June 2017 [09:44 PM]

Last week, we reported that the drought is over. That’s according to a coalition of state agencies, which says the drought advisory issued last summer can now be lifted. More precisely, the Connecticut Interagency Drought Workgroup has determined stream and…

The jungle of political suspicion
icon Posted: 18 June 2017 [09:42 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Let it be said that for one lovely moment, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi responded exactly as those in authority should to a shocking assault on human lives and our…

A POINT TO PONDER: Summer vow: Look for compromise, see beauty
icon Posted: 18 June 2017 [09:40 PM]

The time we have is at best an unknown. We run around doing daily routines thinking everything in our world is fixed in stone. A charity event and a ballfield with a bunch of guys practicing for an annual charity…

Our new life in the dugout: Try to stop the madness
icon Posted: 18 June 2017 [09:39 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Kelley Paul had gone to bed Tuesday night as usual, with her cellphone set on “Do Not Disturb,” except for family and close friends whose calls would always go through. That’s why, when Kentucky…

Saturday 06/17/2017
OUR VIEW: Recognizing all of the roles Dads play
icon Posted: 17 June 2017 [09:00 PM]

Today, Father’s Day, is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and those who take on the role of father make to the lives of their children. The idea to recognize Dads’ special job was proposed as early…

Gutting health care in darkness
icon Posted: 17 June 2017 [09:00 PM]

WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once had passionate views about how carefully Congress should consider sweeping changes to the health care system. “Fast-tracking a major legislative overhaul such as health care reform or a new national energy tax…

For Father's Day - Grateful for an old-school Dad
icon Posted: 17 June 2017 [09:00 PM]

My father made me wear hand-me-downs - even though I was our family’s only boy, with five sisters. It wasn’t too bad most of the year, but Easter Sunday was a bear. You know how hard it is to outrun…

Islamic law is no issue here so lay off state's Muslims
icon Posted: 17 June 2017 [08:59 PM]

Everybody knows that Islam is having a civil war between murderous totalitarians and people who just want to live and let live. Civilization’s urgent agenda must be to help the good guys. But as Connecticut saw last weekend, some people…

Put the blame for the shooting on the Trump haters
icon Posted: 17 June 2017 [08:58 PM]

It’s impossible to argue with Rush Limbaugh. When Rush said the nut job who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others at a D.C. baseball field on Wednesday was radicalized by the leftwing establishment media, he’s absolutely correct.…

On this Father's Day: Please, Daddy, don't you evolve so fast
icon Posted: 17 June 2017 [08:58 PM]

While using social media to research this Father’s Day column, I came across two types of people. Many folks chuckled with recognition when a tweet or blog listed phrases and behavior that seem almost universally associated with dads. I also…

Friday 06/16/2017
OUR VIEW: Look out! Florida's governor comes a-raiding
icon Posted: 16 June 2017 [10:04 PM]

We can think of several adjectives to describe Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s visit to Connecticut next week but they probably don’t belong in a family newspaper. Seeking to lure businesses to move, he freely admits that he has come to…

YOUR VIEW: Reader decries low level of political dialogue
icon Posted: 16 June 2017 [09:59 PM]

To the Editor: With the start of the summer comes a variety of fun and engaging community activities. From family picnics and barbecues to beach outings and baseball games (which includes our Bristol Blues), summer brings a lot of…

YOUR VIEW: Don't follow past procedures without thinking
icon Posted: 16 June 2017 [09:58 PM]

To the Editor: Mary was preparing food. Her son was sitting next to her and noticed that she always cut off the head and tail of fish before placing it in frying pan. He asked, “Mother, why did you cut…

Trump's Twitter bombs: Fully enlisted in verbal combat
icon Posted: 16 June 2017 [09:53 PM]

Donald Trump missed his opportunity to become a General Patton-style military commander and glorious war hero back in the Vietnam era. He surely would’ve been the greatest in history, to hear him tell it. But, alas, he says some unspecified…

We need courage to face our gun-safety problem now
icon Posted: 16 June 2017 [09:52 PM]

I woke up Wednesday morning to images I have prayed I would never see again: a member of Congress and a congressional aide, shot. Children and bystanders scrambling for cover. Fear. Danger. Rage, apparently, from the shooter, at a quiet…

Thursday 06/15/2017
OUR VIEW: Volunteers make our communities stronger
icon Posted: 15 June 2017 [09:33 PM]

Summer is a curious time - both the beginning of vacation season and the end of the year for budgets, students and, often, civic groups that depend on volunteers. That’s why you’ve seen, over the past few weeks, articles in…

YOUR VIEW: Girl Scout cookie sales were a success
icon Posted: 15 June 2017 [09:33 PM]

To the Editor: I wanted to express my deepest thanks and appreciation on behalf of the 32,000 Girl Scouts in Connecticut, to those who supported our 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Because of your generosity and support, more…

Trump's plan for financial reform is half-right
icon Posted: 15 June 2017 [09:33 PM]

The Trump administration’s latest plan to reform financial regulation starts in a good place: It attacks the ridiculous complexity of the current system. But it fails to follow through with new rules that promote safety as well as simplicity. Put…

Wednesday's shooting was an assault on democracy
icon Posted: 15 June 2017 [09:33 PM]

One after another after another on the Wednesday morning television news shows came the harrowing accounts from Republican members of Congress of how their baseball practice just hours earlier had become a bloody battlefield. “All of a sudden we heard…

How President Trump can make apprenticeships a hit
icon Posted: 15 June 2017 [09:32 PM]

The former host of “The Apprentice” may have finally found a government program suitable to his talents. As part of “workforce development week,” President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump are touting the administration’s commitment to increasing the number…

Wednesday 06/14/2017
OUR VIEW: Now more than ever, be careful who you trust
icon Posted: 14 June 2017 [09:40 PM]

We couldn’t help wondering if much of the disgruntlement reported in Wednesday’s paper over the new Department of Motor Vehicles policy, in which drivers renewing their licenses receive a temporary paper copy, with the legal license mailed to them, might…

It's time to get realistic about the debt ceiling
icon Posted: 14 June 2017 [09:37 PM]

THE Washington Post Politicians do some irresponsible things, but few could be more reckless than periodically fooling around with the “full faith and credit” of the United States. The ironclad quality of the federal government’s debt, established over…

Tuesday 06/13/2017
Our View: There's nothing quite like on-the-job experience
icon Posted: 13 June 2017 [08:48 PM]

Editorial For most of our readers, we’re guessing, that first job came early - in the teen years or even earlier. (Thanks to all of you who were carriers for this newspaper when each edition came out in the afternoon…

The 'Fiduciary rule' is allowed to go into effect -- for now
icon Posted: 13 June 2017 [08:44 PM]

One of President Barack Obama’s last major policies was the “fiduciary rule,” a Labor Department regulation aimed at alleged conflicts of interest in the professional advice that millions of Americans receive about their tax-advantaged retirement accounts. To cut…

Is media coverage of Trump too negative?
icon Posted: 13 June 2017 [08:42 PM]

Columnist The New York Daily News’s front page on Friday morning screamed “LIAR” in huge type over a photo of President Donald Trump. USA Today’s banner headline seconded the motion: “Comey calls Trump a liar.” On cable channels, in broadcast…