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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
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
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…

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
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…

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…

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…

As prison population falls, chronic criminals remain free
icon Posted: 04 January 2019 [08:44 PM]

Anyone who closely monitors police news from around Connecticut for a few days can easily discern the fraud behind the Malloy administration’s constantly congratulating itself for reducing the state’s prison population. For example, the East Hartford man charged in the…

Nancy Pelosi is ready to deliver some tough love
icon Posted: 04 January 2019 [08:43 PM]

WASHINGTON - Incoming speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to be clear about what the new Democratic House majority will not be: They will not, she insists, act like the Republicans. “We believe that we will not become them,” she said in…

Thursday 01/03/2019
THEIR VIEW: Too many executions
icon Posted: 03 January 2019 [09:39 PM]

The country took great strides last this year away from its decades-long anti-crime crackdown. Congress passed a major criminal justice reform bill, and by year’s end it became clear the nation would once again hit near-historic low numbers of death…

Nominee to oversee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may provoke a discussion
icon Posted: 03 January 2019 [09:39 PM]

A hallmark of President Donald Trump’s administration so far has been to put certain regulatory agencies under the control of their longtime critics. Scott Pruitt got (and later resigned from) the top job at the Environmental Protection Agency; Mick Mulvaney…

Trump calls reports of White House chaos fake news
icon Posted: 03 January 2019 [09:39 PM]

The Trump White House isn’t big on sharing information or answering questions asked on behalf of the public. The so-called daily briefings are not even monthly. The “communications” office specializes in stonewalling, often not even deigning to issue a “no…

Here are some resolutions our politicians won't keep
icon Posted: 03 January 2019 [09:39 PM]

The New Year is here. What a great opportunity to start fresh and resolve to do great things in 2019. How about I share some resolutions I hope our political leaders will keep. Here’s one: Federal government, please stop spending…

Wednesday 01/02/2019
YOUR VIEW: A special thanks to a special hospital staff
icon Posted: 02 January 2019 [09:10 PM]

by To The Editor: This facility should be renamed Special Hospital for Special Care, Employing Special People That Make You Feel Special. From the time I entered the hospital until the day I left,…

OUR VIEW: A New Year's nightmare
icon Posted: 02 January 2019 [09:07 PM]

The glittering orb that is the focus of New York City’s New Year’s Eve celebration was not the only thing that took a sharp drop that night. We are stunned to see how far we have fallen when it…

Catch and release, or just release?
icon Posted: 02 January 2019 [09:06 PM]

In the name of securing the border and keeping out illegal immigrants, President Donald Trump has opted for a partial government shutdown. Irony of ironies, that shutdown has paralyzed the nation’s immigration courts, shuttering many of them and allowing several…

MITT ROMNEY: How a president shapes the public character
icon Posted: 02 January 2019 [09:01 PM]

The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us,…

Six benefits of a big Democratic primary field
icon Posted: 02 January 2019 [09:00 PM]

We’ve gotten used to a certain style of presidential primary campaign. A leader or “favorite” stakes out an apparent advantage and then one challenger (e.g. Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016) or a series of them (e.g. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum,…

Monday 12/31/2018
our-view-a-year-of-hope OUR VIEW: A year of hope
icon Posted: 31 December 2018 [09:18 PM]

As we enter a new year, we can hope for a better life for all of us. And we can do…