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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Monday 06/12/2017
Teaching a lesson about the cost of bad behavior at Harvard
icon Posted: 12 June 2017 [08:28 PM]

Reports that Harvard College rescinded admission offers to students who had posted extremely offensive memes in a private Facebook chat come at a time of heated debate about free speech on campus. So it probably should have been expected that…

GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Parents, work together as a team!
icon Posted: 12 June 2017 [08:28 PM]

Hey, parents, how are you? Are you tired? Stressed? Frustrated? Angry? I hear you and I want you to know those feelings are quite normal for us parents. However, even though those feelings are normal, they really aren’t healthy for…

NEA contributes to economy, kids' programs
icon Posted: 12 June 2017 [08:20 PM]

Funding from the The National Endowment for the Arts contributes to arts and cultural organizations that create collaborative communities, connecting cities to suburbs and spurring economic investment along the way. President Donald Trump’s FY2018 “Skinny Budget” details a budget…

The ACA: Sabotage, speed and secrecy in the Senate
icon Posted: 12 June 2017 [08:19 PM]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had a problem when the American Health Care Act arrived from the House last month. What to do with a bill that is clogging your agenda but only 8 percent of Americans want you…

OUR VIEW: Behind these successful kids are great parents
icon Posted: 12 June 2017 [08:11 PM]

As we read through the stories of the young men and women who have earned the title ‘valedictorian’ or ‘salutatorian,’ we noticed that almost all of them had one thing in common: supportive parents. Plainville’s top scholar, Brandon Mello, said…

Sunday 06/11/2017
OUR VIEW: Accepting the summer challenge: Reading!
icon Posted: 11 June 2017 [09:21 PM]

Some local schools have already closed their doors for summer recess; others are winding down, mixing last-minute learning with a liberal dose of fun. But, with the warm weather finally here, we’re guessing just about everyone is looking forward to…

Boy Scout Comey no match for The Donald
icon Posted: 11 June 2017 [09:18 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - As it turns out, Donald Trump is the hope-and-change president. According to James Comey, Trump hoped that the then-FBI director would find a way to drop his investigation of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn…

How the British right went wrong
icon Posted: 11 June 2017 [09:17 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Britain’s election was a catastrophe for Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May and a personal vindication for Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party’s left-wing leader. It was also the revenge of the young, whose voices go unheard…

Saturday 06/10/2017
OUR VIEW: Make room for the bears
icon Posted: 10 June 2017 [10:38 PM]

This week we were treated to video of a mother bear and her four cubs “visiting” a Plainville backyard. We saw the mom scurry over a wooden fence and then watched the cubs struggle to follow her. When…

Friday 06/09/2017
Our View: Hard water may be safe, but it's not very tasty
icon Posted: 09 June 2017 [08:06 PM]

Editorial It looks like Plainville residents can breathe a sigh of relief but not, perhaps, an enthusiastic one, now that officials have declared the public water supply safe to drink. Fortunately, the situation is far different from the one in…

Thursday 06/08/2017
Reader sees sexism in the way we judge candidates
icon Posted: 08 June 2017 [08:25 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: The name calling has begun: The movie, “Wonder Woman,” directed by a woman, is predicted to be a summer blockbuster. People of both genders are flocking to see a movie about a strong, capable woman. Then…

Nationalism helps the world confront, respond to climate change
icon Posted: 08 June 2017 [08:23 PM]

President Donald Trump has been defending his plan to withdraw from the Paris climate-change accord on nationalist grounds. Announcing the decision last week, he said he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Vice President Mike Pence,…

Kansas legislature pulls the plug on Brownback's failed experiment
icon Posted: 08 June 2017 [08:22 PM]

The Kansas legislature finally put a stop to the predictably failed trickle-down tax-cut experiment it began in 2012. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, had vetoed a bill that partially reset income-tax rates to where they were before the cuts…