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The nation's capital, where children live in fear

News of the death of a 28-year-old man shot in southeast Washington, D.C., as he sat in his car near his son’s school at 10:50 the morning of March 1 was easy to miss. “One of six shot on same…

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Thursday 04/27/2017
Shutdown showdown - again
icon Posted: 27 April 2017 [08:05 PM]

WASHINGTON - As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President. What a deliciously strange irony that until Monday night he…

OUR VIEW: What's the best way to handle bottles and cans?
icon Posted: 27 April 2017 [08:02 PM]

On Thursday, we told you about a push by some legislators to replace the state’s bottle disposal program with a four-cent tax that, they say, could be used to support recycling efforts. While it might be more convenient for families…

Wednesday 04/26/2017
Thanks to the exclusionists, immigration has never had more support
icon Posted: 26 April 2017 [07:09 PM]

If you watch only Fox News or take Attorney General Jeff Sessions seriously, you’d think we’re being swamped by illegal immigrants who are setting off a crime pandemic and stealing Americans’ jobs. None of that is factually correct, but it…

Trump is skillfully navigating Washington's budget realities
icon Posted: 26 April 2017 [07:09 PM]

No budget agreement is done until it’s done, but it looks like Democrats are now divided over the health-care subsidies they’ve been pushing for, and the White House has finessed its demand for funding of the border wall by agreeing…

OUR VIEW: 'Tis the season - for hard budget choices
icon Posted: 26 April 2017 [07:05 PM]

As we read New Britain Herald reporter Charles Paullin’s story in Wednesday’s newspaper, telling us that Berlin voters had rejected the Town Council’s $85.3M budget, one fact stood out: Only 7.9 percent of the total 14,040 registered voters cast a…

Tuesday 04/25/2017
No wall, no shutdown
icon Posted: 25 April 2017 [07:27 PM]

Remember how President Donald Trump was going to construct a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico - paid for by Mexico? There’s been a change of plans. Now Trump wants the Democrats to put up the…

France's new political divide
icon Posted: 25 April 2017 [07:26 PM]

True to the spirit of 1789, the revolutionary French are a step ahead of everyone else. On Sunday, they became the first large Western country to ditch, in a major election, the center-right/center-left political-party structure that has dominated European politics…

OUR VIEW: If you want to make change, act locally
icon Posted: 25 April 2017 [07:22 PM]

Former President Barack Obama sat down Monday with students at the University of Chicago. His mission? “The single most important thing I can do is to help in any way I can to prepare the next generation of leadership to…

Monday 04/24/2017
OUR VIEW: By planting a seed, we can help save a species
icon Posted: 24 April 2017 [10:45 PM]

Staff Even those of us who don’t have a green thumb get the urge to plant something, come spring. There’s something about the season’s warming air and brilliant colors that makes us want to pick up a spade.…

Chinese newspaper lauds Trump's decision
icon Posted: 24 April 2017 [10:42 PM]

China Daily US President Donald Trump’s decision not to label China a currency manipulator is a positive step in the two sides’ efforts to enhance bilateral cooperation. It provides further proof that China and the United States…

The unpredictable Donald Jong Un
icon Posted: 24 April 2017 [10:40 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Foreign leaders and local interlocutors, aka pundits, might as well take a vacation for the next few minutes until Donald Trump’s next foreign policy “strategy” surfaces from deep within his amygdala. For to presume a…

The abrupt -- and welcome -- exit of Rep. Chaffetz
icon Posted: 24 April 2017 [10:38 PM]

The Washington Post No sooner had Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced that he wouldn’t seek reelection in 2018 than he also allowed he likely wouldn’t serve out his current term. Chances are, no one is more anxious…

Sunday 04/23/2017
OUR VIEW: In the opioid fight, we need funds for treatment
icon Posted: 23 April 2017 [09:38 PM]

Staff Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is joining top government lawyers from 19 states in telling President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress not to cut federal money for drug treatment programs as they struggle to “repeal…

Drivers are still a key factor in crashes, deaths
icon Posted: 23 April 2017 [09:32 PM]

The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pennsylvania Fewer people died in Pennsylvania traffic crashes in 2016 than in any year since record-keeping began in 1928. There are many reasons for the improvement, from less driving under the influence to improving vehicle…

Attorney General Sessions' island of reaction
icon Posted: 23 April 2017 [09:23 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Imagine if I began a column about Attorney General Jeff Sessions this way: “I really am amazed that an attorney general who hails from a former Confederate state in the Deep South can issue a…

Saturday 04/22/2017
Our View: Holding on to water well for non-rainy days makes sense
icon Posted: 22 April 2017 [08:11 PM]

Editorial We were happy to see that the New Britain Common Council is set to reconsider the sale of the Patton Brook well to the Southington Water Department. On Friday, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart said, in a statement,…

Friday 04/21/2017
Our View: Answering the call to march for science on Earth Day
icon Posted: 21 April 2017 [07:46 PM]

Editorial The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. At the…

Thursday 04/20/2017
Our View: A special invitation
icon Posted: 20 April 2017 [08:22 PM]

Editorial As a tribute to the cast members of the 2017 Older Members Show and the fine work they do to support the Boys and Girls Club of Bristol, we bring you this invitation to a joyous evening and encourage…

Wednesday 04/19/2017
Our View: It's spring, and that means time to play ball!
icon Posted: 19 April 2017 [07:35 PM]

It’s almost here - the long-awaiting spring opening of the New Britain Bees’ second season. The baseball team will begin the 2017 year at 6:35 p.m. tomorrow against the York Revolution. We’re excited and we hope you are,…

Tuesday 04/18/2017
Our View: It's an unfortunate reality that it pays to be wary
icon Posted: 18 April 2017 [07:14 PM]

We can’t help thinking that, if all the ingenuity that thieves put into stealing from cars were put to good use, the world would be a better place. And, on the flip side, if good, honest people were a little…

Monday 04/17/2017
OUR VIEW: Community cleanups strengthen neighborhoods
icon Posted: 17 April 2017 [09:51 PM]

It’s a sure sign of spring - and it’s happening all over central Connecticut. Neighbors joining neighbors to clean up streets and parks, pitching in to erase the wear and tear of winter. We saw it on Saturday at New…

Higher ed savings is a worthy goal
icon Posted: 17 April 2017 [09:48 PM]

The (Toledo) Blade The University of Toledo had the second-best grades among all 14 Ohio four-year public colleges in an analysis of five-year plans to fight rising expenses. Bowling Green State University did well too. Now they need…

UNESCO fights back as ISIS tries to stamp out culture
icon Posted: 17 April 2017 [09:43 PM]

ISIS uses grisly violence to terrorize the West, recruit supporters, and subjugate people in the areas it controls. But it’s also waging a quieter war against more abstract enemies: culture and heritage. As ISIS seized swaths of land in Iraq…

Want infrastructure spending? Here's how to pay
icon Posted: 17 April 2017 [09:41 PM]

When the American Society of Civil Engineers published its latest Infrastructure Report Card last month, the results were sobering: a grade of D+ for the U.S. and an estimated price tag of $4.6 trillion to make needed repairs by 2025.…

Sunday 04/16/2017
OUR VIEW: It's time to light up the chaos at Birge Pond
icon Posted: 16 April 2017 [09:26 PM]

Staff This weekend Bristol Press reporter Lorenzo Burgo told us about an ongoing problem in the lower parking area of Hoppers Birge Pond Nature Preserve. Complaints ranged from noise and loitering after dark to possibly​ illegal activity. Despite…

Why it's Patriots' Day and not Nationalists' Day
icon Posted: 16 April 2017 [09:17 PM]

The Washington Post BOSTON - Those of us who hail from Massachusetts are proud of our special patriotic holiday, formally celebrated only in our state and Maine (which was part of us until 1820), though Wisconsin and Florida pay it…

Famine looms in Africa
icon Posted: 16 April 2017 [09:15 PM]

The Washington Post The United Nations has rigorous and rarely met criteria for declaring a famine: 1 in 5 households in an affected area must be severely short of food; more than 30 percent of the population must…

Saturday 04/15/2017
Our View: Best wishes for a happy Easter Sunday!
icon Posted: 15 April 2017 [08:06 PM]

On this beautiful spring morning, we want to wish all of our readers a joy-filled Easter, as you gather to celebrate this day dedicated to faith and also to the traditions of our ​forebearers. Living here in central Connecticut, we…

Friday 04/14/2017
Our View: Tax Day? A reprieve until midnight Tuesday
icon Posted: 14 April 2017 [08:27 PM]

Today is April 15, a date on the calendar that once had an entire nation shaking in our shoes: Tax day. But not this year. There’s a little extra time to file as the federal and state income tax…

Thursday 04/13/2017
Clean up the H-1B visa mill to help protect American jobs
icon Posted: 13 April 2017 [07:39 PM]

The Trump administration is taking its first, cautious steps to clean up the much-abused H-1B visa system, by which skilled foreign workers are imported to fill jobs in the technology sector and other specialty occupations. The moves so far, mainly…

Trump shouldn't gut the program that helped rescue my state
icon Posted: 13 April 2017 [07:38 PM]

If the politics of national service is a thorny subject for congressional Republicans - scrutinizing programs long embraced by Democrats but preserving programs seen as both patriotic and worth the money - financing it, or, in the words of White…

OUR VIEW: This 'qualifying life event' just makes sense
icon Posted: 13 April 2017 [07:36 PM]

Even as Republicans in Washington continue to try to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Republican and Democratic state senators in Connecticut are throwing their support behind legislation that would allow expectant mothers to enroll in health insurance outside of the…

YOUR VIEW: State senator sets out business-friendly goals
icon Posted: 13 April 2017 [07:35 PM]

Bristol To the Editor: It was wonderful to have so many members of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce at the Capitol on March 8 for the annual Connecticut Business Day. I thank them for taking the time away…

Reader: 'We are determined to see through smoke'
icon Posted: 13 April 2017 [01:43 PM]

Kris Granatek Bristol resident To the Editor, Where there’s smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke and smoke, most reasonable people will assume there is fire - or that there should be an independent investigation to determine whether there is…

Wednesday 04/12/2017
A gag rule that won't help women advance at work
icon Posted: 12 April 2017 [07:15 PM]

BLOOMBERG View Paying women less than men is not only unfair but counterproductive. Women and men alike prefer to work for - and work harder for - companies that pay equally. Yet women who hold down the same…

United is feeling the sway of consumers in Asia
icon Posted: 12 April 2017 [07:14 PM]

On Monday - Day 1 of the fiasco over United Airlines’s forcible removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight - the stock of United Continental Holdings Inc. actually rallied. Perhaps Americans were outraged by how the passenger was treated,…

OUR VIEW: Now-defunct mileage tax proposal hurts commuters
icon Posted: 12 April 2017 [07:11 PM]

On Tuesday, the state Department of Transportation announced that it had dropped plans to participate in a multi-state study of a possible mileage tax. DOT Commissioner James Redeker sent a letter last week to the I-95 Corridor Coalition, explaining…

Reader: Police deserve a raise, but not 9%
icon Posted: 12 April 2017 [07:09 PM]

Jim Beaudoin Bristol To the Editor: Why is the police department being awarded 9 percent raises along with benefits when the rest of the world including the Education Department is worrying about layoffs? Don’t get me wrong: I support…

Tuesday 04/11/2017
Some thoughts for the holidays
icon Posted: 11 April 2017 [09:25 PM]

The confluence of Easter and Passover at mid-month will find many people, stressed more than usual by the state of world affairs and the chaos of domestic politics, seeking answers from their faith. It’s hard to imagine anyone on the…

Disability, desperation and reform: A fix needed for SSDI
icon Posted: 11 April 2017 [07:37 PM]

The Washington Post A poignant article in The Post by Terrence McCoy explored the decision-making of an impoverished former construction worker as he weighed the pros and cons of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, a federal…

We've saved lives, but the job is not done
icon Posted: 11 April 2017 [07:36 PM]

Last week in Gaborone, Botswana, Laura and I sat in a small room in Tlokweng Main Clinic, a facility that recently started screening and treating women for cervical cancer. Seated with us was Leithailwe Wale, a 40-year-old woman who was…

OUR VIEW: Animal abuse should be everyone's concern
icon Posted: 11 April 2017 [07:32 PM]

Three recent incidents of severe animal abuse don’t exactly signal an epidemic but they are enough to raise concerns - and, because, the abuse was so obviously deliberate, to make us wonder about what kind of person could do such…

Monday 04/10/2017
OUR VIEW: Local merchants need help fighting cybercrime
icon Posted: 10 April 2017 [10:19 PM]

STAFF As if small business leaders didn’t have enough to cope with, it turns out that they are prime targets for 21st-century crime. “Forty-three percent of cybersecurity attacks target small businesses that employ 250 or less people,”…

GRANDADDY'S SECRETS: Parents, blame it on the amygdala
icon Posted: 10 April 2017 [10:18 PM]

Daniel Blanchard Parents, even though they are our children, sometimes we still don’t fully understand them, huh? Sometimes we look at our kids and think, “Who are you?” During these rough and confusing times, it certainly helps a…

The distractor in chief has struck again
icon Posted: 10 April 2017 [10:15 PM]

The cruise missiles that hit Syria this week not only struck back at Bashar Assad for the recent heinous poison-gas attack but also obliterated (at least temporarily) President Donald Trump’s Russia problem. One wonders whether some segment of die-hard Hillary…

Trump will find success in dumping Bannon's populism
icon Posted: 10 April 2017 [10:15 PM]

WASHINGTON - Eighty days into President Donald Trump’s term, he arguably has only two successes - getting confirmed a Supreme Court judge pre-vetted by conservative lawyers and returning to mainstream Republican foreign policy, even if temporarily, in launching strikes on…

Why did the House fail to 'repeal and replace' the ACA?
icon Posted: 10 April 2017 [10:15 PM]

Jim Hightower Why? That’s the big question the mass media is asking about the sudden failure of the Republican leaders’ relentless push to demonize and kill Obamacare. After all, the GOP bragged that they now control the legislative…

Sunday 04/09/2017
OUR VIEW: Snow, snow go away -- Spring is here to stay!
icon Posted: 09 April 2017 [09:19 PM]

Staff Was it only a week or two ago that our streets were covered in snow? Suddenly it seems like another world - a beautiful, sunshine-filled world. Could it finally be spring? Check out the signs:…

Syria and the obligations of Trump's critics
icon Posted: 09 April 2017 [09:08 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - On Aug. 20, 1998, American Tomahawk cruise missiles hit sites in Afghanistan and Sudan in retaliation for attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The targets of the assault, ordered by President Bill Clinton,…