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THEIR VIEW: No answer to hardship

Three of the federal government’s largest means-tested safety-net programs are Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and housing assistance. To list these is to list the conditions against which Congress has decided to protect those who do not have…

icon Posted: 20 July 2018 [07:00 PM]

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Thursday 07/19/2018
YOUR VIEW: Matt Lesser cares about the environment
icon Posted: 19 July 2018 [07:40 PM]

Alicea Charamut, Newington To The Editor: My name is Alicea Charamut and I am a Newington resident as well as an active supporter of maintaining and increasing protections for our environment. I know that if we…

YOUR VIEW: My trash can was trashed, it cost me $75
icon Posted: 19 July 2018 [07:39 PM]

David Kloskowski, New Britain To The Editor: Last Tuesday, July 10, I arrived home to find my trash can decapitated by the garbage truck. Now I must admit my can was not in the best of health…

THEIR VIEW: Fining Google is wrong
icon Posted: 19 July 2018 [07:39 PM]

In a long-awaited decision, the European Commission on Wednesday fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google a record 4.3 billion euros ($5 billion) for unfair business practices. The commission won some praise for standing up to big tech. But theatrics aside, this decision…

Wednesday 07/18/2018
THEIR VIEW: Too little, too late
icon Posted: 18 July 2018 [04:51 PM]

President Donald Trump on Tuesday tried to calm the wave of criticism that has pummeled him since his ignoble Monday news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. “I have full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies,”…

Tuesday 07/17/2018
OUR VIEW: A dangerous problem needs a quick solution
icon Posted: 17 July 2018 [06:31 PM]

Many local youths, teens and young adults are engaging in risky behavior and the results could end in tragedy, according to authorities. Cliff jumping into the Wassel Reservoir on the Southington end of the dam and swimmers taking the leap…

Monday 07/16/2018
YOUR VIEW: Lesser fights for human and civil rights
icon Posted: 16 July 2018 [04:20 PM]

To The Editor: Every election or primary season we are faced with the difficult decision of who will represent us the best in government. For the Democratic primary on Aug. 14, the choice is clear for the 9th Senate District:…

OUR VIEW: Older pets deserve stable, loving homes
icon Posted: 16 July 2018 [04:19 PM]

They say, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but can you help them learn to love a new family? The Connecticut Humane Society in Newington believes all older pets - whether they are dogs or cats, rabbits…

Friday 07/13/2018
THEIR VIEW: Why is Trump attacking NATO?
icon Posted: 13 July 2018 [07:07 PM]

There is nothing new about the complaints President Donald Trump voiced Wednesday about spending by NATO members and Germany’s importing of Russian gas - remarks that got a summit meeting intended to be a show of transatlantic unity off to…

Thursday 07/12/2018
THEIR VIEW: Elder abuse is a growing problem
icon Posted: 12 July 2018 [05:55 PM]

We are rightfully concerned about and should be vigilant when it comes to preventing child abuse. But something that often flies under the public radar is elder abuse. We must be ever alert to that, too. A recent report from…

Wednesday 07/11/2018
YOUR VIEW: Gov. Malloy has done a great job for eight years
icon Posted: 11 July 2018 [06:05 PM]

To The Editor: My Gov. Malloy has done marvelous things for Connecticut, and no one is thanking him. I’m tired of people criticizing politicians. Governor Malloy rebuilt the economy of the city of Stamford. He has been rebuilding the economy…

YOUR VIEW: Gender, race don't qualify candidates for office
icon Posted: 11 July 2018 [06:04 PM]

To The Editor: Erin Stewart says she’s running for lieutenant governor because Republicans in Connecticut can’t win with “two white men” on the ticket. Talk about the worst kind of identity politics! That’s a statement right out of the Democrats’…

YOUR VIEW: Malloy, Stewart love tax hikes
icon Posted: 11 July 2018 [06:04 PM]

To The Editor: Funny thing – Dannel Malloy, Connecticut’s tax-and-spend governor, has something notably in common with the Republican mayor of New Britain, Erin Stewart. Both have the distinction of imposing the second highest tax increases ever on state and…

THEIR VIEW: GOP tax cut not a good deal for everyone
icon Posted: 11 July 2018 [06:03 PM]

President Donald Trump’s former chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, spoke out against his former boss’ trade policies recently. He said the result of Trump’s trade war with China as well as traditional U.S. allies could cancel out the economic benefits…

Tuesday 07/10/2018
THEIR VIEW: Let student borrowers declare bankruptcy
icon Posted: 10 July 2018 [07:09 PM]

For decades, the U.S. system of higher education has operated on a unique premise: To make college affordable for a broad swathe of Americans, student debt must be an almost inviolable obligation. Now, authorities are starting to question that assumption.…

Monday 07/09/2018
THEIR VIEW: Unemployment rate went up, that's good
icon Posted: 09 July 2018 [03:51 PM]

You know these are interesting times in the U.S. economy when it’s a positive sign that the unemployment rate just went up. On Friday, the Labor Department reported that the jobless rate ticked up from 3.8 percent in May to…

Sunday 07/08/2018
THEIR VIEW: ICE shouldn't be abolished
icon Posted: 08 July 2018 [08:49 PM]

The sudden call by some Democrats to abolish ICE - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency whose multipronged mission includes deportation - makes a better bumper sticker than a blueprint for policy. Like eradicating the Internal Revenue Service, the…

Friday 07/06/2018
THEIR VIEW: Clean slate bill will many give many a fresh start
icon Posted: 06 July 2018 [05:58 PM]

A conviction for a low-level crime shouldn’t come with a life sentence. But many Pennsylvanians who undergo background checks when they seek jobs or housing are haunted by such past indiscretions for years after they commit them. That is going…

Thursday 07/05/2018
THEIR VIEW: Bad farm bill politics
icon Posted: 05 July 2018 [07:46 PM]

According to the old saw, anyone who wishes to maintain respect for sausages and laws should not see how either are made. Congress has just finished validating that aphorism by engaging in the sorry every-five-years exercise known as drafting a…

Wednesday 07/04/2018
THEIR VIEW: Can Mexico's president deliver on his promises?
icon Posted: 04 July 2018 [04:24 PM]

Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who on Sunday was elected in a landslide to be Mexico’s next president, is a product of the political left, but his victory is part of the global story of rising populist leaders. Like many of…

Monday 07/02/2018
THEIR VIEW: Background checks must be done right
icon Posted: 02 July 2018 [06:03 PM]

Buried in the Trump administration’s 132-page plan to overhaul the federal government is a significant policy shift that has received little attention: a proposal to transfer responsibility for background investigations for security clearances from the Office of Personnel Management to…

Sunday 07/01/2018
THEIR VIEW: An attack on journalism
icon Posted: 01 July 2018 [08:27 PM]

Friday’s Opinion section in the Capital consisted of only 56 words, centered around five names. It was a spare and eloquent – and heartbreaking - tribute to those lost in the tragedy that had befallen this storied newspaper the day…

Setting a dangerous precedent
icon Posted: 01 July 2018 [08:26 PM]

Can the government require doctors to tell patients about alternative approaches to treating a medical condition? Can it insist that people unlicensed to offer medical care disclose that they lack licenses? According to the conservatives on the Supreme Court,…

Because of Harry Reid, Trump has another Supreme Court pick
icon Posted: 01 July 2018 [08:25 PM]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is just following the rules. In 2013, then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used a simple-majority vote to change the Senate’s rules, allowing confirmation of judicial nominees to non-Supreme Court posts by the same…

Unions say Supreme Court has hobbled them. That's not true.
icon Posted: 01 July 2018 [08:24 PM]

By the account of unions and their supporters, the Supreme Court struck a massive blow to public-sector unions Wednesday that will hobble them politically. Fortunately for them, the evidence is to the contrary. By siding in favor of the plaintiffs…

Friday 06/29/2018
YOUR VIEW: An apology from the Democratic town chair
icon Posted: 29 June 2018 [07:00 PM]

To The Editor: I was already angry when Don Naples, Republican alderman approached me at the end of a four hour hearing. The first half was unbearable. I had jotted in my notes, “parade of prostitutes.” Our mayor had misappropriated…

THEIR VIEW: A loss for Trump and for Speaker Ryan
icon Posted: 29 June 2018 [06:58 PM]

Here’s at political tip: If you are going to expose your utter fecklessness and irrelevancy, do it on the day the most critical member of the Supreme Court decides to retire. That’s what House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., did…

Thursday 06/28/2018
THEIR VIEW: Court needs another Anthony Kennedy
icon Posted: 28 June 2018 [06:29 PM]

U.S. politics was fractured and its system of government under stress even before Justice Anthony Kennedy said on Wednesday that he’d retire from the Supreme Court at the end of July. The announcement promises new extremes of partisan rancor, in…

Wednesday 06/27/2018
YOUR VIEW: Children should not be separated from parents
icon Posted: 27 June 2018 [06:58 PM]

To The Editor: Mr. John Larson, please hear the people of the United States who willfully support keeping children and families together. It’s heartbreaking to fathom families being separated and the emotional upheaval this imposes on the entire family.…

YOUR VIEW: Candidate wants to represent 78th District
icon Posted: 27 June 2018 [06:56 PM]

To The Editor: On May 29, 2018 I was honored to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for state representative for the 78th District (Bristol / Plymouth). As a life-long Connecticut resident, I view this position as both an opportunity to…

YOUR VIEW: It's time to crackdown on panhandling
icon Posted: 27 June 2018 [06:54 PM]

To The Editor: Hats off to the mayor, police chief and the City Council for pushing the new city ordinance against aggressive panhandling in Bristol. The Bristol police have done a great job in Bristol especially in the North Street…

THEIR VIEW: Keep standards high to oppose Trump effectively
icon Posted: 27 June 2018 [06:52 PM]

Since he announced his campaign for high office in 2015, President Donald Trump has waged a relentless battle against the dignity of American institutions, from the legal system to Congress, while tearing down, often viciously, any individual who might stand…

Tuesday 06/26/2018
THEIR VIEW: Harley hits the road
icon Posted: 26 June 2018 [07:49 PM]

By: Bloomberg View As one Trump administration trade policy backfires, another looks set to. On Monday, Harley-Davidson said it would shift some production out of the U.S. in order to mitigate the impact of European Union tariffs…

Monday 06/25/2018
THEIR VIEW: Let the members of the Trump administration eat in peace
icon Posted: 25 June 2018 [07:46 PM]

Over the weekend there was a fair bit of argument over the decision by a small restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, not to serve dinner to President Donald Trump’s press secretary. It wasn’t the first time recently that strong political feelings…

Sunday 06/24/2018
THEIR VIEW: Charter schools make public schools worse
icon Posted: 24 June 2018 [08:54 PM]

In 1988, teachers union leader Albert Shanker had an idea: What if teachers were allowed to create a school within a school, where they could develop innovative ways to teach dropouts and unmotivated students? The teachers would get the permission…

When it comes to border control, we need more options
icon Posted: 24 June 2018 [08:52 PM]

Journal Inquirer President Richard Nixon was not as dishonest about the Watergate burglary and coverup as President Trump has been in recent days about the separation of children from the adults bringing them into the country illegally. This practice was…

This is what it's like to be separated at the border
icon Posted: 24 June 2018 [08:51 PM]

One November night in 1988, I crossed the Soviet border with my family, leaving behind friends, relatives, property and life as we knew it - forever. I was 8, traveling with my parents and 4-year-old brother. Between the four of…

Mondale urges Democrats to focus on November
icon Posted: 24 June 2018 [08:49 PM]

Bloomberg View Walter Mondale has some advice for his fellow Democrats: Focus all your energy on this fall’s congressional contests, not the 2020 presidential race, because if you don’t retake the House of Representatives first, you’ll probably be dead two…

Friday 06/22/2018
We need to embrace the wit and wisdom of Will Rogers
icon Posted: 22 June 2018 [08:29 PM]

Editor’s note: This column was originally distributed by Cagle Cartoons in 2013. Things are mighty heated these days. Tempers are flaring and minds are closed. Here’s the solution: the wit and wisdom of Will Rogers. “The short memory of…

Did the GOP punt or drift on immigration?
icon Posted: 22 June 2018 [08:29 PM]

WASHINGTON - “Moderate Republicans are the people who are there when you don’t need them.” It was one of former Rep. Barney Frank’s many devastating zingers, and it certainly applies to the fiasco unfolding in the House of Representatives on…

Dems have no message on jobs
icon Posted: 22 June 2018 [08:28 PM]

In a New York Times column this week, Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg wrote that President Donald Trump’s policies are pushing “ideologically moderate” Republicans away from the GOP. According to Greenberg, “The harder the president bangs these drums, the more Democrats…

THEIR VIEW: A human rights retreat
icon Posted: 22 June 2018 [08:28 PM]

The performance of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council is quite mixed. It has proved a useful platform to air the plight of the injured and dispossessed, but it has also been vulnerable to manipulation by the oppressors. That said,…

Thursday 06/21/2018
A diverse student body adds value to campus life
icon Posted: 21 June 2018 [09:33 PM]

The Washington Post The controversy over race and admissions at elite educational institutions is heating up. Harvard University is under pressure to stop discriminating against Asian-Americans, who make up a smaller percentage of its student body (22.2 percent) than their…

Trump brings the politics of cruelty to the forefront
icon Posted: 21 June 2018 [09:32 PM]

The Washington Post It is fitting that President Donald Trump has been forced into retreat by babies. Cruelty should never be mistaken for strength. Trump’s own confusion on that point was evident on Wednesday, as he announced that he would…

CHRIS POWELL: Back to the future in Connecticut
icon Posted: 21 June 2018 [09:32 PM]

Within living memory there was frequent passenger railroad service north and south out of Hartford, and the railroad company, the New York, New Haven, and Hartford, known simply as the New Haven, was as famous as any. Thanks to Hartford-born…

THEIR VIEW: Evil then vs. evil now
icon Posted: 21 June 2018 [09:32 PM]

Let’s leave the Nazi comparisons where they belong - to history. In an example of historical ignorance or political lunacy, Michael Hayden recently fired off a tweet blasting the Trump administration for removing the children of illegal immigrants from their…

Wednesday 06/20/2018
THEIR VIEW: Trump Foundation is the president's piggy bank
icon Posted: 20 June 2018 [07:06 PM]

They say no good deed goes unpunished. But what if the deeds weren’t good at all? The New York attorney general’s office is no stranger to going after charities that have behaved badly. But current Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s extensive,…

Keep your guard up while driving this summer
icon Posted: 20 June 2018 [07:04 PM]

At this time of the year, drivers are accustomed to hearing the plea “drive safely and defensively.” Of course, that reminder is appropriate every day of the year. But information contained in a June 1 Wall Street Journal article adds…

Domino's fixing potholes is an ominous sign
icon Posted: 20 June 2018 [07:02 PM]

I recently noticed a string of interesting news stories, all with the same theme. Domino’s Pizza is donating money to 20 U.S. cities, to be used for fixing potholes and cracked roads. Salesforce has donated $1.5 million to reduce homelessness…