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How many more illegals can Connecticut afford?

Connecticut should welcome immigrants, Governor Lamont and the politically correct crowd at the state Capitol say, failing to distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants even as the state has ever-larger numbers of the latter. So it might have been fun…

icon Posted: 09 January 2020 [08:14 PM]

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Wednesday 01/08/2020
YOUR VIEW: Wonderful performance by orchestra
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:32 PM]

To The Editor: I attended an excellent concert on January 5 given by the New Britain Symphony Orchestra at the stately South Congregational - First Baptist Church in New Britain. The music was provided by a Brass Quintet consisting of…

YOUR VIEW: Kind strangers in New Britain
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:31 PM]

To The Editor: Just a note of thanks to the hospital staff, EMTs, police officers, the store clerk and a customer who were extremely kind and professional to this traveler. We were on our way to Ohio for the…

YOUR VIEW: Good column by Powell
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:30 PM]

To The Editor: Chris Powell, I very much enjoyed your column about Russian interference, etc. I think your opinions here are spot on, and a refreshing change from normal coverage. It’s sad, however, that you can’t distinguish between the national…

Tuesday 01/07/2020
GUEST COMMENTARY: The importance of a local newspaper
icon Posted: 07 January 2020 [08:12 PM]

The front page of the January 1, 2020 Herald was devoted to a poignant and thought provoking statement by the publisher of the goals and aspirations of our local newspaper. For those who didn’t see it, it should be…

Sunday 01/05/2020
More signs of decline in Connecticut
icon Posted: 05 January 2020 [09:16 PM]

Population growth may not be the perfect measure of a jurisdiction’s success - impoverished Bangladesh probably can do without any more people for a while - but some conclusions may be drawn from what the U.S. Census Bureau reported about…

Thursday 01/02/2020
Democrats' indignation is phony
icon Posted: 02 January 2020 [07:05 PM]

Maybe the biggest irony arising from the impeachment of President Trump is the complaint made by Democrats that Russia “interfered” with the 2016 presidential election on behalf of Trump. There is little evidence of Russian interference and no evidence that…

Wednesday 01/01/2020
THEIR VIEW: Purging voters is not an answer to election fraud
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:36 PM]

Georgia struck almost 100,000 voters from its rolls. In Wisconsin, a state with only 3.3 million registered voters, perhaps 200,000 are set to be purged. Some of them might have moved out of their respective states or died. But…

Tuesday 12/31/2019
OUR VIEW: A story of commitment
icon Posted: 31 December 2019 [07:03 PM]

When we took over The Bristol Press more than a decade ago, we made a commitment to our mission: “To have a positive impact in the communities we serve.” What does that simple phrase mean? For us as…

Libya is at risk for becoming the site of a multinational war
icon Posted: 31 December 2019 [06:11 PM]

Libya, which has lived with civil war off and on since 2011, now is on the brink of joining Syria as the site of a major multinational conflict. On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he would ask…

Rudy Giuliani, Venezuela and the Logan Act
icon Posted: 31 December 2019 [06:10 PM]

At first glance, The Washington Post’s scoop about Rudy Giuliani’s maneuvering in Venezuela sounds pretty familiar: He pushed a foreign government to take specific action, even as his efforts were making U.S. government officials nervous and contradicted official U.S. policy.…

Monday 12/30/2019
It's colleges' job to educate our citizens
icon Posted: 30 December 2019 [08:29 PM]

The impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill have been a crash course on the inner workings of constitutional democracy. As historian and journalist Yoni Appelbaum said recently, impeachment is a constitutional mechanism with the words “break glass in case of emergency”…

Sunday 12/29/2019
THEIR VIEW: Suffering in Syria
icon Posted: 29 December 2019 [08:48 PM]

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies have for years pursued a bloody but systematic strategy for regaining control over rebel-held areas. The regime launches brutal assaults aimed at driving out civilians, deliberately bombing hospitals, schools and…

Christmas for Notre-Dame
icon Posted: 29 December 2019 [08:47 PM]

There will be no Christmas at Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral, the headlines read, the first such lapse in two centuries. In ordinary terms, that was not really news. Yawning holes in the roof still open the Gothic nave to winter rain…

This has been the decade of the billionaire victim
icon Posted: 29 December 2019 [08:45 PM]

The Washington Post In 2010, banks foreclosed on a more than a million homes. The jobless rate for the year hovered just under 10%. But billionaire investor Stephen Schwarzman knew who the real injured party was: the wealthy. When…

Evangelicals should thank Trump for protecting their religious freedoms
icon Posted: 29 December 2019 [08:44 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Evangelicals who minimize the importance of President Donald Trump’s judicial appointments betray a naivete about the perils to religious liberty in the United States, perils that have been growing over the past decade. Many people,…

Friday 12/27/2019
THEIR VIEW: The end of free trade?
icon Posted: 27 December 2019 [01:45 PM]

Editorial Momentous as it was, President Donald Trump’s impeachment on Dec. 18 might not go down in history as the most significant happening in the last month of the 21st century’s second decade. Rather, that honor might be shared among…

Thursday 12/26/2019
What Special Olympics athletes can teach us about healing divisions
icon Posted: 26 December 2019 [06:05 PM]

Special to The Washington Post We are a fractured nation. Television, politics, entertainment, business, sports and family tables all show that we are so deeply divided we’re giving up on each other. We no longer believe that the “others” who…

Why you need to worry about attacks on Obamacare
icon Posted: 26 December 2019 [06:04 PM]

Cagle Cartoons If you’re celebrating a recent federal appellate court ruling that overturned language in the Affordable Care Act requiring you to have health insurance or pay a penalty, you may want to put away the party favors. That’s because,…

YOUR VIEW: No to privatization of the VHA
icon Posted: 26 December 2019 [06:03 PM]

To The Editor: With regard to proposals for the privatization of Veterans Healthcare, I say no. Privatization of the VHA may seem to most a positive policy recommendation, but I am not convinced. According to the article, Value for Taxpayers…

Wednesday 12/25/2019
THEIR VIEW: Connecticut welcomes refugees
icon Posted: 25 December 2019 [07:25 PM]

We should not forget that this country was built by people from overseas seeking freedom from religious persecution. From the beginning, Americans’ culture, language, political and religious beliefs have differed, even as we always shared a common humanity. Three hundred…

THEIR VIEW: Air pollution cannot be ignored out of existence
icon Posted: 25 December 2019 [07:24 PM]

For years, air quality in the U.S. steadily improved. And just like that, deaths related to air pollution fell off too. However, in 2017 and 2018, new data show, the amount of fine-particle air pollution got worse, with concentrations rising…

Monday 12/23/2019
THEIR VIEW: End the crusade against Obamacare
icon Posted: 23 December 2019 [01:58 PM]

Editorial The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit had an opportunity to rebuke one of the most breathtaking instances of judicial activism in recent memory. On Wednesday, it whiffed. Since the collapse of repeal-and-replace, one could imagine that…

THEIR VIEW: A major victory for gun safety
icon Posted: 23 December 2019 [01:57 PM]

Editorial Scholars at the nonpartisan Rand Corp. last year published the findings of a two-year study that assessed available scientific evidence on the real effects of gun laws and policies. One of their biggest takeaways was that there was no…

Macron battles against boomers, pensions
icon Posted: 23 December 2019 [01:48 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Emmanuel Macron is the first French president in a decade who isn’t a baby boomer, and it shows. The 41-year-old’s battle to reform France’s high-tax, high-spend economy is often fought in the name of generational equality - largely…

Sunday 12/22/2019
THEIR VIEW: Necessary and proper
icon Posted: 22 December 2019 [08:50 PM]

The House of Representatives’ impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday was proper and necessary. Trump withheld a White House meeting and U.S. military aid in an attempt to force Ukraine’s president to aid his reelection campaign. This was a…

Hearts, minds change on LGBTQ
icon Posted: 22 December 2019 [08:49 PM]

Two items in the news: The new prime minister of Finland was raised by two moms. The Hallmark Channel on Friday pulled an ad showing a lesbian wedding, buckling to pressure from a conservative group, then on Sunday restored the…

The United States finally gets (some) paid parental leave
icon Posted: 22 December 2019 [08:47 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion When the bipartisan defense spending bill is signed into law this week, the U.S. will become the last rich country on earth to provide federally mandated paid family leave. While it only affects about 2 million government workers,…

Friday 12/20/2019
THEIR VIEW: UK's Labour party needs to reflect
icon Posted: 20 December 2019 [02:34 PM]

Editorial Here’s a surprise. Jeremy Corbyn is right about something for the first and last time in his leadership. He says Labour needs a period of reflection after its election catastrophe. It does. The party needs to work out why…

THEIR VIEW: Remove Trump from office
icon Posted: 20 December 2019 [02:32 PM]

Editorial It is with a solemn sense of responsibility to the U.S. Constitution and a deep love of this country that we call for Congress to exercise its power of impeachment. The Denver Post editorial board does not take this…

Thursday 12/19/2019
Against impeachement: Impeachment 'R' Us
icon Posted: 19 December 2019 [05:47 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Forget the phony solemnity about the Constitution and the rule of law. Forget the malarkey about the president committing high crimes and misdemeanors. We all know the real reasons Democrats are hell-bent on impeaching Donald Trump. It’s because…

For impeachement: Strategic case to impeach
icon Posted: 19 December 2019 [05:45 PM]

Special to The Washington Post A little less than three months ago, I made the strategic case for impeaching Donald Trump. My argument was that in a zero-sum game, the best strategy to employ was minimax, or the best possible…

Wednesday 12/18/2019
THEIR VIEW: Tuition increases symptom of a major problem
icon Posted: 18 December 2019 [03:16 PM]

Editorial Students at the University of Connecticut face yet another round of tuition increases. During a Dec. 11 meeting, UConn’s trustees unanimously approved a plan to increase tuition by 23% over the next five years. It is intended “to protect…

Tuesday 12/17/2019
Melania Trump's indefensible defense of her bully husband
icon Posted: 17 December 2019 [02:01 PM]

The Washington Post There is a classic dodge that bullies can be relied to fall back on when they abuse someone who is smaller and weaker than they are. He (or she) asked for it. First lady Melania Trump, it…

Dems may lose the battle, but will win the war
icon Posted: 17 December 2019 [02:00 PM]

Special To The Washington Post With their memorandum “Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment,” the House Judiciary Committee has done us all a significant public service: It takes our founders and the fundamental principles of constitutional democracy seriously. The memo is…

Monday 12/16/2019
The most depressing thing about Trump's attack on Greta
icon Posted: 16 December 2019 [07:05 PM]

The Washington Post Is there nothing too petty for this president? Early Thursday morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter (where his current follower count is 67.5 million) to attack a 16-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome and tell her to…

Sunday 12/15/2019
THEIR VIEW: A heartbreaking scene
icon Posted: 15 December 2019 [08:35 PM]

A police pursuit of two suspected Coral Gables jewelry store robbers ended in shocking violence on Dec. 5 on live TV: four dead; a jewelry store employee wounded. The dead included a hostage and an innocent bystander - people you…

THEIR VIEW: You cheat, you don't compete
icon Posted: 15 December 2019 [08:34 PM]

International anti-doping regulators say they’ve had it with Russian cheating and have banned the country from international competition for four years. That includes the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. What does that ban…

Hospitals play pin the price on the donkey
icon Posted: 15 December 2019 [08:32 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Consumer knowledge is consumer power. That is why hospitals fight tooth-and-toenail against any efforts to post turnkey prices for medical procedures. Hospitals want to maintain price opacity. If you ask a hospital what it costs to have your…

Stop making fun of gender pronouns when people tell you theirs
icon Posted: 15 December 2019 [08:31 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Earlier this year, during the LGBTQ town hall on CNN, Sen. Kamala Harris said her pronouns were “she” and “her.” “Mine too,” said host Chris Cuomo. The backlash was instantaneous. By the end of the…

Friday 12/13/2019
THEIR VIEW: Renew nuclear treaty
icon Posted: 13 December 2019 [06:36 PM]

Editorial It is not very often that the Kremlin issues a transcript of remarks by President Vladimir Putin with a sentence marked in highlighter, but that’s what happened Dec. 5 when Putin met with leaders of Russia’s defense industry. The…

Thursday 12/12/2019
THEIR VIEW: A grave time for America
icon Posted: 12 December 2019 [01:57 PM]

Editorial The notion of America’s greatness is rooted in many things, not least of which is our democracy. The trust of Americans in their government and, crucially, in the institutions that make it work, is what makes our nation different.…

THEIR VIEW: Time to erect new statues
icon Posted: 12 December 2019 [01:57 PM]

Editorial We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: Memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a…

Wednesday 12/11/2019
THEIR VIEW: Nearly normal in DC
icon Posted: 11 December 2019 [01:41 PM]

Editorial Is governance still possible in Washington? Tuesday’s announcement of a bipartisan deal that seems to assure eventual passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) surprisingly suggests that the answer might be “yes.” That, as much or more than the…

Tuesday 12/10/2019
THEIR VIEW: Shameful decision on SNAP benefits
icon Posted: 10 December 2019 [02:07 PM]

Editorial For weeks now, lawmakers, advocates, organizations and individuals from around Vermont joined the chorus of more than 140,000 public comments submitted on a rule that would force many Americans to lose their federal food stamps. Those pleas fell on…