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January 13, 2017

OP-ED | When Obamacare is Repealed, What Should Connecticut Do?

by Susan Bigelow | January 13, 2017 9:00am

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In the middle of the night on Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted to take the first steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act before the end of the month. Connecticut must be ready to step in when the law finally dies.

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January 6, 2017

OP-ED | Murphy’s Effort To Fund Journalism Doomed To Fail

by Terry Cowgill | January 6, 2017 5:30am

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Skilled politicians are great at picking their battles. Sometimes on matters of importance they’re nowhere to be found. But on more obscure or relatively trivial issues, they’re all over it.

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January 5, 2017

OP-ED | The State of the State: Get Ready for Another Brutal Year

by Susan Bigelow | January 5, 2017 5:30pm

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Well, we knew it wasn’t going to be a sunny, positive, or inspirational speech. The only thing to recommend Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s seventh State of the State address is that his budget speech, to be delivered next month, will be a lot worse.

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December 30, 2016

OP-ED | 2016 Was ‘Post-Truth;’ Next Up: Post-Accountability

by Barth Keck | December 30, 2016 10:00am

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The past year has been nothing short of bizarre, best summed up by two “word of the year” winners.

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December 29, 2016

OP-ED | Reckless Repeal of ACA Risks Lives For No Benefit

by Sarah Darer Littman | December 29, 2016 3:00pm

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Congressional Republicans are falling over themselves to repeal the Affordable Care Act with Scrooge-like joy. It’s as if ideology is more important to them than the fact that hardworking, self-employed taxpayers like my husband and myself could be denied health insurance.

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OP-ED | The Year of Endings

by Susan Bigelow | December 29, 2016 5:30am

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I took a few weeks off from writing this column, both to furiously edit a novel in preparation for a January deadline, and to try and take stock. The first of these tasks was easy; the book will be done on time, and I think it’s pretty good. But the second, that’s much harder.

I hardly know where to start with 2016, except to say that I can feel an entire cultural and political era slipping away as the year finally comes to a close.

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December 23, 2016

OP-ED | ‘Derbygate’ A Fine Example Of ‘Quasi-Public’ Arrogance

by Terry Cowgill | December 23, 2016 5:30am

If you’re a public official involved in questionable behavior, the last thing you want to hear is someone in the media attaching a Nixonian suffix to your dubious doings. But that’s exactly what’s happened in Norwich, where ratepayers are outraged at an annual Kentucky Derby junket for board members that has over the last four years cost the local utility more than $1 million.

The resulting scandal has earned the moniker Derbygate.

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December 16, 2016

OP-ED | Achievement Gap Remains - Not Only in Connecticut, But in Every Other State

by Barth Keck | December 16, 2016 10:00am

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At last week’s meeting, state Board of Education member Malia Sieve not only expressed her displeasure with the latest national science test results; she also called out her fellow board members’ Pollyannaish reactions to those results.

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OP-ED | Courage In Short Supply In Pension Discussion

by Terry Cowgill | December 16, 2016 5:30am

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On one level, the pension deal announced last week by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the state employees unions is welcome. It averts the catastrophe of having the state’s annual obligation skyrocket from its current $1.5 billion to an outrageous $6 billion by 2032.

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December 9, 2016

OP-ED | DeVos Pick Raises Disturbing Pay-to-Play and Accountability Issues

by Sarah Darer Littman | December 9, 2016 11:00am

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Anyone who believes that public education is a fundamental cornerstone of our democracy should be extremely concerned by President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint billionaire charter school advocate Betsy DeVos, of Michigan, to the post of Education Secretary.

DeVos, whose family reportedly has “has a long history of supporting anti-gay causes — including donating hundreds of thousands to ‘Focus on the Family’, a conservative Christian organization that supports so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation,” has been quoted comparing her work in education reform to a biblical battleground where she wants to “advance God’s Kingdom.”

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