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Our View: State parks are more than just pretty places

Editorial Pennywise and pound foolish - that’s how we would describe proposals currently before the legislature that would make deep cuts in funding for our state parks. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection could lose $6 million under…

icon Posted: 26 May 2017 [08:16 PM]

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Thursday 05/25/2017
There is no right way to react to terror; there is a wrong way
icon Posted: 25 May 2017 [08:10 PM]

By· Anne Applebaum There is no correct reaction to terrorism. The cruelty, fanaticism and madness of a man who explodes a powerful bomb in a crowd of young girls inspires all kinds of feelings: horror, anger, sadness, fear,…

The destabilizing health care 'solution' from the GOP
icon Posted: 25 May 2017 [08:09 PM]

Republicans sold the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Obamacare repeal-and-replace plan that the House passed last month, with a number of untruths, chief among them that Obamacare is collapsing and the GOP effort is nothing short of a rescue…

OUR VIEW: If it's more convenient, will more people vote?
icon Posted: 25 May 2017 [08:08 PM]

State lawmakers are moving closer to changing Connecticut’s constitution to allow people to cast their ballots before Election Day, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. A proposed constitutional amendment that was approved Tuesday by the House of Representatives would allow the…

Wednesday 05/24/2017
Trump's boundary-pushing
icon Posted: 24 May 2017 [07:49 PM]

Former CIA director John Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that he grew worried last year about communications between the Russians and people in Donald Trump’s orbit. “I encountered and am aware of information and intelligence that revealed…

An orb, a sword and a slap
icon Posted: 24 May 2017 [07:47 PM]

PALM BEACH, Fla. - By now you’re exhausted by all the head-swiveling news - the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president’s trip to Everywhere; and investigation upon investigation of the possible collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice, and liars by…

OUR VIEW: It's time to bridge the gap in the greenway
icon Posted: 24 May 2017 [07:46 PM]

We were excited to see that plans are underway to close the “Plainville Gap,” the only break in a 84-mile greenway that stretches across 11 towns from Massachusetts to New Haven. Filling the “gap” has been difficult because Plainville…

Tuesday 05/23/2017
In Mexico, journalism is literally being killed off
icon Posted: 23 May 2017 [07:47 PM]

When one of his colleagues at Mexico City’s daily newspaper was gunned down in March, Javier Valdez issued a passionate statement about the importance of the work of journalists who cover the network of organized crime, drugtrafficking and corruption that…

Cost of health insurance isn't all about fairness
icon Posted: 23 May 2017 [07:46 PM]

Should women have to pay more for health insurance than men? That has been a critical question for opponents of Republican health-care reform, and it requires grappling with the fundamental nature of insurance, market prices and fairness. Related are questions…

OUR VIEW: Locally issued IDs don't lead to voter fraud
icon Posted: 23 May 2017 [07:45 PM]

Valid identification? It’s something most of us take for granted. From that defining moment when we - usually as teenagers - earn a driver’s license, we rely on a government-issued ID with our picture on it. We use it to…

Monday 05/22/2017
OUR VIEW: Understanding autism aids police, lost children
icon Posted: 22 May 2017 [09:46 PM]

We wanted to signal our support for a measure, currently before the state House of Representatives, which would require training programs for state and local law enforcement about children with autism spectrum disorders. The focus is kids who may have…

Watergate on amphetamines: Who is minding the store?
icon Posted: 22 May 2017 [09:41 PM]

WASHINGTON - Average citizens, political insiders and journalists cannot keep up. In each day, three or four once-in-a-forever bombshells seem to drop regarding some aspect of the Russia and obstruction of justice scandal(s). On Friday alone we learned: “The Times…

Washington scandals aside, there is still work to be done
icon Posted: 22 May 2017 [09:39 PM]

President Donald Trump had two responses to last week’s appointment of a special counsel to take over the Russia investigation - one unbecoming, the other somewhat reasonable. “The entire thing has been a witch hunt,” Trump declared at a Thursday…

Sunday 05/21/2017
OUR VIEW: She spoke and they listened! Kudos to both
icon Posted: 21 May 2017 [10:45 PM]

Last December, Bristol Eastern High School senior Alexandra Allen talked to the Board of Education about how stressful it is for students every January to have to take their midterms and then attend classes afterward. As a direct result, the…

Good luck, Mr. President?
icon Posted: 21 May 2017 [10:45 PM]

PALM BEACH, Fla. - So the pope, the president, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a bar ... Surely, I’m not the only one to tighten the frame around President Trump’s wildly ironic and ambitious foreign odyssey to…

Can a visit with Pope Francis save Donald Trump?
icon Posted: 21 May 2017 [10:45 PM]

WASHINGTON - If anyone ever needed a conversion experience - and fast - it is President Trump. The issue here is not switching religions. What he could use is an honest examination of his conscience, his attitude toward himself and…

Blood in the water? Give Trump administration a chance
icon Posted: 21 May 2017 [10:44 PM]

There’s blood in the water. The sharks are on the scent of a feeding frenzy. The media and the party opposing President Donald Trump have been trying to take his administration down since he won the election and let it…

Saturday 05/20/2017
Our View: It's positively a win, win
icon Posted: 20 May 2017 [08:13 PM]

Editorial It goes without saying that you can’t have enough “positivity,” the goal of a new program proposed by Bristol City Councilor Jodi Zils Gagne. This new initiative aims to get businesses in the West End to donate a small…

Friday 05/19/2017
Our View: Graduation opens the door to new beginnings
icon Posted: 19 May 2017 [09:33 PM]

Editorial Heads up! It’s graduation season. From where we sit, that means two things: accomplishment and change. And we’re seeing it at all levels, from those who have earned graduate degrees at Central Connecticut State University to the 36 men…

Thursday 05/18/2017
A welcome special counsel
icon Posted: 18 May 2017 [08:26 PM]

Washington and the country received a much-needed shot of good news Wednesday evening with the revelation that the Justice Department will appoint a special counsel. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named Robert Mueller III, a former FBI chief. This was…

A quick end would be better
icon Posted: 18 May 2017 [08:26 PM]

WASHINGTON - There is really only one issue in American politics at this moment: Will we accelerate our way to the end of the Trump story, or will our government remain mired in scandal, misdirection and paralysis for many more…

OUR VIEW: The budget situation hits closer to home
icon Posted: 18 May 2017 [08:24 PM]

With each day, the state’s budget situation seems to become more alarming and solutions are further out of reach - though many have suggestions on how to fix the situation, from cutting services to increasing taxes on corporations. And almost…

Wednesday 05/17/2017
Needed: federal sentencing reform
icon Posted: 17 May 2017 [08:17 PM]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Friday a new Justice Department policy designed to “enforce the law fairly and consistently.” It will not achieve that aim. Instead, the attorney general’s plan unintentionally underscores the case for Congress to reform the…

Donald Trump, the truth-sayer
icon Posted: 17 May 2017 [08:16 PM]

WASHINGTON - One thing we’ve learned the past several weeks is to ignore the White House and wait for Donald Trump to spill the beans. Invariably, the president contradicts statements from his communications team and other officials, and blurts…

Cities, suburbs, stop your whining; confront municipal employee costs
icon Posted: 17 May 2017 [08:11 PM]

For decades state and municipal elected officials in Connecticut have had no trouble telling the public that it should suffer a pay cut so that raises could be paid to government employees and benefits could be increased for welfare recipients.…

OUR VIEW: Cities, towns await hard decisions from state
icon Posted: 17 May 2017 [08:09 PM]

The task of crafting a state budget has taken center stage, both at the Capitol and in city halls across the state. Local leaders were already struggling to anticipate what state funding they could count on for fiscal 2017-2018…

Tuesday 05/16/2017
A Trumpian world of shifting reality
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:33 PM]

WASHINGTON - Facts aren’t facts; truth isn’t true; reality isn’t real. This is where we are. It’s no wonder that “Orwellian” is the most widely used adjective derived from the name of a writer. We are living in the…

A Trumpian world of shifting reality
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:33 PM]

WASHINGTON - Facts aren’t facts; truth isn’t true; reality isn’t real. This is where we are. It’s no wonder that “Orwellian” is the most widely used adjective derived from the name of a writer. We are living in the…

OUR VIEW: Spreading information becomes a public service
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:32 PM]

Our thanks to Patricia Rehmer, Hartford HealthCare senior vice president for behavioral health and president of the HHC Behavioral Health Network, for letting readers know about a frightening new internet “game” that could ultimately take the life of a…

OUR VIEW: Spreading information becomes a public service
icon Posted: 16 May 2017 [07:32 PM]

Our thanks to Patricia Rehmer, Hartford HealthCare senior vice president for behavioral health and president of the HHC Behavioral Health Network, for letting readers know about a frightening new internet “game” that could ultimately take the life of a…

Monday 05/15/2017
State-level lawmakers launch a free-speech crackdown
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [10:08 PM]

Back in the 1930s, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously referred to states as “laboratories of democracy.” But these days, those labs are looking less Albert Einstein and more Dr. Frankenstein. Enraged by the hundreds of thousands of women…

Police shooting into cars too often ends in tragedy
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [10:08 PM]

Jordan Edwards should not be dead at the age of 15. But the African-American teen was shot and killed on the night of April 29 by a suburban Dallas police officer. Jordan died when officer Roy Oliver of…

GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Parenting through love and laughter!
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [10:07 PM]

I’m nowhere near it yet, but I’ve been told that when it comes to the little ones, being a grandparent is pretty cool. Grandparents are those who have done their time and survived what we newer parents are trying to…

OUR VIEW: Sugary drink tax may have unintended consequences
icon Posted: 15 May 2017 [10:07 PM]

Sugar is making headlines these days, taking the place of fats as the number-one villain in our diet. So it’s no surprise that public health advocates are suggesting that we cut way back on the amount of sugar in our…

Sunday 05/14/2017
OUR VIEW: Infrastructure upgrade? Patience (Ours!) required
icon Posted: 14 May 2017 [09:06 PM]

The news story by Bristol Press reporter Lorenzo Burgio began this way: “The Connecticut Department of Transportation is currently working on widening Route 6 to make safety and traffic improvements and ultimately (to make it) safer for travel. … The…

How Mexican farmers got the better of Trump
icon Posted: 14 May 2017 [09:00 PM]

Often, when world powers pick fights with seemingly powerless countries, they learn that even small dogs have sharp teeth - as President Trump is finding out in his ill-fated war with Mexico. His scheme to wall off Mexico is collapsing…

Trump won't let the Russia story die
icon Posted: 14 May 2017 [08:58 PM]

People are always asking me how this whole Russia investigation is going to end. As someone who has been in and around a lot of trouble over the years, I have tried to develop a feel for how chaotic situations…

Friday 05/12/2017
Our View: Is rare voter fraud the threat to our democracy?
icon Posted: 12 May 2017 [08:22 PM]

After President Donald Trump launched a commission to examine allegations of improper voting in November’s presidential election, Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill responded, saying that she hopes his review of alleged voter fraud is not a “fig leaf for…

Thursday 05/11/2017
How to clean up the Comey mess
icon Posted: 11 May 2017 [07:16 PM]

It’s fair to doubt that President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey because of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation - a performance the president had previously praised. But whatever his motive, Trump has removed an…

It's not all the airlines' fault. Sometimes it's the Ugly American traveler.
icon Posted: 11 May 2017 [07:16 PM]

U.S. airlines have received some well-deserved criticism lately for their routine mistreatment of customers. Their sins include, but are not limited to: overbooking; tinier and tinier seats; bigger disparities between the comforts of first class swells and the human cargo…

OUR VIEW: The state's broke! Let's consider all possibilities
icon Posted: 11 May 2017 [07:15 PM]

On Wednesday, we learned just how dire the state’s budget situation is. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered $33.5 million in immediate cuts, and added that he wanted to use the state’s entire $235 budget reserve fund to balance the current…

Wednesday 05/10/2017
What the Senate Republicans need to do right now
icon Posted: 10 May 2017 [08:58 PM]

With the House’s passage of the American Health Care Act, House Republican leaders have handed their Senate counterparts the biggest legislative weapon they have held in their entire careers. At this point, Senate Republicans should learn from a bit of…

This measles epidemic? It did not have to happen
icon Posted: 10 May 2017 [08:58 PM]

What can an advanced nation, with high-level medical care, say to the Somali American community of Minnesota, where an outbreak of measles, highly infectious and potentially deadly, is racing ahead because many people failed to get their children vaccinated, fearing…

OUR VIEW: A misunderstanding? Or a culture of bias?
icon Posted: 10 May 2017 [08:57 PM]

Over the past few days, anger has surfaced over alleged “racial bias and unequal treatment” within the New Britain Fire Department, culminating in a protest rally Tuesday night. While some firefighters say the discrimination is long-standing, the current spark that…

Tuesday 05/09/2017
There's a limit to what nationalism can really do
icon Posted: 09 May 2017 [08:35 PM]

American politics has a new organizing principle, according to a theory that has been making the rounds. Reaganism is dead. Our central debate no longer concerns big vs. small government, or traditionalism vs. progressivism on morals. Instead it pits nationalism…

Racism shouldn't be expected, even at the ballpark
icon Posted: 09 May 2017 [08:34 PM]

Now that the Boston Red Sox have announced a lifetime ban on a fan who made a racist remark at Fenway Park the other night, how about if every team in Major League Baseball - and other American sports leagues…

OUR VIEW: Clean up effort provides a service and inspiration
icon Posted: 09 May 2017 [08:28 PM]

We wanted to take a moment to single out the members of the Plainville Conservation Commission, who, on Saturday, filled 11 garbage bags with debris they picked up along the banks of the Quinnipiac River. These dedicated men and women…

Monday 05/08/2017
OUR VIEW: Morning news brings a reality check
icon Posted: 08 May 2017 [09:46 PM]

State lawmakers are meeting behind closed doors to craft a budget, handicapped by the fact that they are facing a serious revenue shortfall. The fiscal year that begins July 1 is now projected to result in a $2.3 billion spending…

State budget should be crafted in the sunshine
icon Posted: 08 May 2017 [09:41 PM]

A proposal by Senate Democrats to open budget talks to the news media is a chance for politicians to shine a little more light on the process, and Republicans shouldn’t hesitate to agree. The budget sausage gets made in a…