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More terrible news for the climate; we should be alarmed

Another day, another study showing terrible news for the climate. There is a danger that scientists’ findings are coming so often and sounding so dire that even thoughtful observers will tire of being alarmed. But alarm is the only…

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Thursday 01/17/2019
Should federal workers just walk off the job?
icon Posted: 17 January 2019 [05:12 PM]

It says everything about the lowly state of the American worker that it has taken weeks for the idea that federal employees working without pay maybe should refuse to work to begin creeping into our civic discourse. On Monday, Barbara…

Florida's new governor did the right thing
icon Posted: 17 January 2019 [05:09 PM]

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the new state Cabinet held their first meeting Friday and made history. Correcting a longstanding injustice, the governor and the Cabinet officially pardoned the Groveland Four, the four African American men who were accused of raping…

YOUR VIEW: Officers acted appropriately
icon Posted: 17 January 2019 [05:08 PM]

To The Editor: The City of New Britain is a diverse, peaceful community. Under the leadership of Chief James Wardwell, the NBPD has made it a priority to form relationships with businesses and residents through an initiative known as Community…

OUR VIEW: A wall won't put a stop to drug trafficking
icon Posted: 17 January 2019 [05:07 PM]

If there is a new way to smuggle drugs into the United States, it’s a good bet a drug trafficker is going to find a way to do it. But for some alleged drug smugglers, apparently the best way…

Wednesday 01/16/2019
Can Dems bring anything new to the 2020 election?
icon Posted: 16 January 2019 [06:47 PM]

With a few candidates having entered the 2020 Democratic contest for president and several more on the brink, it will be worth watching which, if any candidates, will have something affirmative and original to say versus those who will just…

Shocked to find racism here, say leaders
icon Posted: 16 January 2019 [06:46 PM]

Republican leaders in Congress are shocked, shocked that their fellow GOP colleague Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, whose racist remarks have been his political signature for more than a decade, turns out to be . . . a racist. “We don’t…

CMHA: Determined to make a difference
icon Posted: 16 January 2019 [06:46 PM]

Restaurants and business in downtown New Britain have seen an uptick in lunchtime traffic recently. Just before Christmas, more than 100 people began reporting for work every weekday at CMHA’s new downtown headquarters at 233 Main St. Nearly 100…

Brexit has totally failed
icon Posted: 16 January 2019 [06:44 PM]

“Defeat” is too small a word for the rebuke Britain’s Parliament handed Prime Minister Theresa May Tuesday. Her Brexit deal, laboriously negotiated over many months, was voted down Tuesday by a massive 230 votes - a far bigger margin than…

Tuesday 01/15/2019
GRANDDADDY'S SECRETS: Too young to get a job?
icon Posted: 15 January 2019 [06:41 PM]

Dear Granddaddy, why can’t they have jobs for us? I want to make some money! Ahmen- 14-year old student I feel your pain, Ahmen. When I was your age, a lot of us had paper routes. It…

OUR VIEW: Shutdown trickles down
icon Posted: 15 January 2019 [06:39 PM]

As the federal government shutdown drags on, the impact of the faceoff between President Donald Trump and Congress on funding for Trump’s border wall is starting to hit home in Connecticut. About 800,000 federal workers across the nation such as…

Maine's Freedom of Access Act isn't strong enough
icon Posted: 15 January 2019 [06:38 PM]

We still don’t know how much taxpayer money Gov. Paul LePage spent at the Trump International Hotel during his frequent trips to the nation’s capital, but we have learned something that could be much more important. By now we should…

Don't subpoena President Trump's interpreter
icon Posted: 15 January 2019 [06:36 PM]

The Washington Post recently reported on the lengths to which President Donald Trump has gone to conceal details about his private conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In one instance, Trump reportedly took the notes from his State Department interpreter…

John Bolton had better watch his back
icon Posted: 15 January 2019 [06:34 PM]

Recent news reports on Trump’s Syria pullout make one thing crystal clear: Someone inside the administration is leaking against national security adviser John Bolton. Determining who and why is important going forward, especially for conservatives concerned about President Trump ceding…

Monday 01/14/2019
Liberal media slams Trump's border security argument
icon Posted: 14 January 2019 [08:07 PM]

If for some strange reason you didn’t already know how much the liberal media hates President Trump, you found out this week. The Trump Hate Machine got revved up even before the president gave his national prime-time address Tuesday night…

YOUR VIEW: Endowment is my hope for year ahead
icon Posted: 14 January 2019 [08:06 PM]

To The Editor: On January 1, 2019 an article entitled “A Year of Hope to Come” made the front page headline. As the School Readiness Grant manager for the City of Bristol, I focused on the “hope … that we…

YOUR VIEW: Newspaper issue 'hits home'
icon Posted: 14 January 2019 [08:04 PM]

To The Editor: During the month of March 2017, I was a patient at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, 100 Grand St., New Britain, during which time I happened to read an issue of the New Britain Herald newspaper, which…

Colleges reach out
icon Posted: 14 January 2019 [08:03 PM]

Each year, tens of thousands of low-income high school and community college students with strong academic credentials do not apply to institutions where they could earn the bachelor’s degree that is a ticket to better careers and higher earnings. Not…

Sunday 01/13/2019
THEIR VIEW: Veterans needed in politics
icon Posted: 13 January 2019 [08:49 PM]

Forty years ago, military veterans made up roughly three-quarters of Congress. By 2017, the proportion had dwindled to fewer than one in five. The number of veterans on Capitol Hill will dip slightly again next year, because of retirements -…

The illegal immigrant story Trump isn't telling America
icon Posted: 13 January 2019 [08:47 PM]

If you passed Max Acuna on the street or on your way to work, or any one of those hundreds of places where people cross paths every day, you wouldn’t give the smartly dressed 30-year-old a second look. The married…

Pelosi knows magic word for beating Trump: No
icon Posted: 13 January 2019 [08:46 PM]

The Washington Post President Donald Trump has always been able to bully, boast, deflect, pay off and lie to get his way. (It also helped to have a ton of his father’s money and ways to avoid paying taxes.) Now…

Is North Korea a player in U.S.-China trade war?
icon Posted: 13 January 2019 [08:44 PM]

The Washington Post Kim Jong Un’s visit to Beijing this week was brief. After a 20-hour journey to the Chinese capital aboard his armored green train, the young North Korean leader spent barely a day at his destination. But it…

Friday 01/11/2019
YOUR VIEW: Thank you, Bristol Fire Department
icon Posted: 11 January 2019 [09:01 PM]

To The Editor: A few days ago, I heard my smoke alarm chirping. I knew I had put in fresh batteries in when the clocks were changed. I tested them and they were okay. I called the dispatcher at…

THEIR VIEW: Your data is out there
icon Posted: 11 January 2019 [09:01 PM]

An investigation by Vice’s Motherboard finds that top telecommunications companies are selling access to customers’ location data to aggregators, who in turn are selling it to other actors - each more unsavory than the last. Eventually, some of the information…

YOUR VIEW: Deportation is the way to go
icon Posted: 11 January 2019 [09:01 PM]

To The Editor: Well, well, another decent individual taxpayer and restaurant owner gets deported. Where are the grand-standing senators, Blumenthal and Murphy now? Election is over! Aren’t there enough people in this country who need to be deported, check…

Here's the problem with only pitching to your craziest supporters
icon Posted: 11 January 2019 [09:00 PM]

We find it hard to believe President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night speech is going to convert any skeptics to his wall-building cause. Much has been made - under the “nothing else matters” rubric - of Trump followers’ willingness to disbelieve…

Thursday 01/10/2019
Democratic socialists can't seem to hide their shallowness
icon Posted: 10 January 2019 [06:18 PM]

Writing in The Washington Post on Saturday, columnist Dana Milbank made the point: “It’s time for Democrats to be the grownups.” But on matters large and small, it appears that they cannot escape their own shallowness and they are stuck…

Collusion case against Trump just got stronger
icon Posted: 10 January 2019 [06:17 PM]

We interrupt the breathless coverage of President Donald Trump’s deceptive and unconvincing Oval Office address on the border wall to bring you some genuinely big news: The collusion case against the president’s campaign, already strong, is getting even stronger. Attorneys…

Shutdown solution: Lawmakers do your jobs
icon Posted: 10 January 2019 [06:16 PM]

Who could disagree with Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s planned bill that would require Coast Guard personnel to receive pay for their work? How ridiculous is the situation the nation finds itself in that Congress would even have to consider such a…

YOUR VIEW: Post office needs to improve its service
icon Posted: 10 January 2019 [06:16 PM]

To The Editor: I am disappointed with the lack of service from the New Britain Post Office. My father has been missing mail inconsistently from his PO box due to some getting returned to sender because the “box is closed”.…

OUR VIEW: Affordable housing needed
icon Posted: 10 January 2019 [06:14 PM]

Democrat Ned Lamont was sworn into office on Wednesday making him the 89th governor of the state. In his State of the State address following the ceremony, Lamont offered several topics he plans to focus on during his first…

Wednesday 01/09/2019
YOUR VIEW: Police shooting case is not about race
icon Posted: 09 January 2019 [05:20 PM]

To The Editor: I saw the videotape and it shows the deceased driving in an erratic/dangerous manner that would harm the police officers (and any other potential bystander) as they pursued him for crimes he was suspected of committing. The…

YOUR VIEW: Leo Francini was a man who 'Did His Part'
icon Posted: 09 January 2019 [05:19 PM]

To The Editor: The obituary of Leo Francini of New Britain gives our community an opportunity to reflect on a wonderful life of service to our nation and our military veterans. Leo was a child when the Great Depression…

THEIR VIEW: Trump is losing the battle
icon Posted: 09 January 2019 [05:17 PM]

Editorial Tuesday night’s presidential address and the response from the Democratic Party’s leaders in Congress offered little prospect that the stand-off over President Donald Trump’s wall will be quickly resolved. As yet, neither side looks ready to back down or…

Spacey, R. Kelly: How bad boy wannabes became bad men
icon Posted: 09 January 2019 [05:16 PM]

Columnist The Nantucket courtroom in which Kevin Spacey was arraigned Monday was a real courtroom, not a Hollywood set. Instead of a dramatic mahogony judge’s bench, it had a plastic laminate desk. Instead of a coiffed character in costume, it…

Enhancing democracy is the job of the new House majority
icon Posted: 09 January 2019 [05:16 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - “This is what democracy looks like.” It’s the chant heard again and again at the women’s marches the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated and echoed later in mobilizations on behalf of gun sanity and the Affordable…

Tuesday 01/08/2019
Ocasio-Cortez's tax idea is big and bold - but not that radical
icon Posted: 08 January 2019 [05:57 PM]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has caused an uproar by proposing a 70 percent marginal tax rate on earnings above $10 million, the “tippy-top” of the income scale, as she puts it. Conservatives are crying confiscatory taxation, and progressives are rushing…

An open letter to the residents of Connecticut
icon Posted: 08 January 2019 [05:57 PM]

Governor Dear Connecticut residents: This week, I’ll leave office after eight years serving as your governor. It’s been the best, hardest, most rewarding job I will ever have, and I am deeply thankful to you for allowing me to serve.…

Ned Lamont takes the helm
icon Posted: 08 January 2019 [05:56 PM]

Back in September Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont broadcast a TV commercial proclaiming, “We’ve been failed by a generation of politicians. ... Change starts now.” But this week the new governor confirmed that he is incorporating most of the administration…

OUR VIEW: Where is the outrage?
icon Posted: 08 January 2019 [05:55 PM]

According to the Washington Post, “police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people” nationwide in 2017. Zoe Dowdell was one of those people. In December 2017, New Britain police shot and killed the robbery suspect and wounded the two men…

Monday 01/07/2019
ERIN STEWART: City budget a priority in 2019
icon Posted: 07 January 2019 [04:44 PM]

Opinion Welcome 2019! It’s time to start fresh for the New Year. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. First and foremost, 2019 will be a year focused on the budget. With a new governor and legislature, combined…

OUR VIEW: Shooting questions remain
icon Posted: 07 January 2019 [04:43 PM]

Opinion We’ve seen the video, we’ve read the report, we have talked with officials and heard from the families of the men who were shot. And, we still have questions. We are referring to the fatal police-related shooting of Zoe…

Is Donald Trump losing his agenda-setting power?
icon Posted: 07 January 2019 [04:42 PM]

Opinion As the government shutdown drags on, it remains the case that President Donald Trump’s proposed wall is unpopular with the American people. But an argument can be made that even if Trump’s proposals are unpopular, he still benefits from…

Saudi Arabia's trial for Jamal Khashoggi's killing is a travesty
icon Posted: 07 January 2019 [04:42 PM]

Opinion It might not have been a coincidence that as the new Congress convened Thursday, Saudi Arabia announced the opening of a trial of 11 people charged in the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. After all, the U.S. Senate so…

Sunday 01/06/2019
THEIR VIEW: One defeated GOP governor goes against the trend
icon Posted: 06 January 2019 [06:33 PM]

Following their thumping in November’s midterm elections, President Donald Trump pretended he had actually won, far-right members of Congress pressed for a government shutdown over border-wall funding, and outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed bills meant to cripple the Democrats…

Carousel Museum saw many highlights in 2018
icon Posted: 06 January 2019 [06:30 PM]

It has been one heck of a year at the New England Carousel Museum and the Bushnell Park Carousel with exciting special events produced and wonderful new education programs created and successfully produced for our communities. Taking part in hosting…

This is the No. 1 priority for Republican senators
icon Posted: 06 January 2019 [06:28 PM]

By Hugh Hewitt Congressional Republicans have little to say or do in the shutdown debate. Whatever deal emerges from President Donald Trump’s negotiations with incoming speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., will…

Stop me before I demolish a credit card machine
icon Posted: 06 January 2019 [06:27 PM]

By Danny Tyree I knew it wasn’t just me! In recent weeks I’ve overheard multiple shoppers gripe about navigating the wildly dissimilar credit card setups at different establishments. Credit card machines have gotten just as confusing as the…

Friday 01/04/2019
THEIR VIEW: Workers pay the price
icon Posted: 04 January 2019 [08:44 PM]

New Year’s Day has come and gone, with agencies encompassing 25 percent of the federal government - from the National Park Service to the Justice Department - still shut down because of a budget impasse soon now entering its 13th…

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