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February 17, 2017

OP-ED | The Little Special Election That Could? Windsor Republican May Tip Senate to GOP

by Terry Cowgill | February 17, 2017 5:30am

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As the nation weighs the seismic impact of life under a Trump administration whose wheels seem to be coming off, we could soon witness earth-moving changes in Connecticut’s political landscape as well.

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February 15, 2017

OP-ED | When the Russians Come Calling

by Susan Bigelow | February 15, 2017 5:07pm

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It suddenly feels like the bad old days of the Cold War around here, and for good reason. Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, is constantly and aggressively testing the strength and resolve of the NATO alliance. But unlike the 1980s, the United States has no clear policy on Russia, has weak and vacillating leadership, and is entirely unpredictable.

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February 10, 2017

OP-ED | Governor, It’s Time to Stop Dropping Bombs and Start Constructive Conversations

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 10, 2017 12:00pm

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This week, Betsy DeVos, despite her terrifying ignorance of the fact that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a federal law that it will be her job to enforce, was confirmed as Secretary of Education thanks to the tie-breaking vote of Vice-President Mike Pence.

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OP-ED | Groundhog Day: Budget Edition

by Susan Bigelow | February 10, 2017 9:00am

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Guess what? Your property taxes are going up — probably by a lot!

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February 9, 2017

OP-ED | Orwellian? Relegating Animal Farm to Secondary Reading List

by Barth Keck | February 9, 2017 9:00pm

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The recent controversy at Mystic Middle School surrounding the novel Animal Farm is as instructive as it is timely.

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February 3, 2017

OP-ED | Legalize Recreational Cannabis Or Become A Flyover State

by Terry Cowgill | February 3, 2017 5:30am

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Connecticut may or may not be the place where the first constitution in history was written (hence our dubious nickname), but it seems like we miss the boat on a whole lot of a range of opportunities.

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January 27, 2017

OP-ED | Our Government Must Stand Up

by Susan Bigelow | January 27, 2017 10:00am

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It’s hard to write a column about Connecticut’s legislative session as if nothing is happening. In a lot of ways, though, the legislators themselves are pretending President Trump isn’t there. But how can the government of a small state cope with the radical change coming out of the nation’s capital?

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OP-ED | Is Connecticut’s Bottle Law Beyond ‘Redemption?’

by Terry Cowgill | January 27, 2017 5:30am

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When a government program is broken, most good people in government want to fix it. But what if fixing the program means that the same perennially cash-strapped government will lose money?

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January 22, 2017

OP-ED | Has Eloquence Become A Thing of the Past?

by Barth Keck | January 22, 2017 10:21pm

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To be honest, Donald Trump’s inaugural address disappointed me. He’d been working on it for more than three weeks, after all, so my expectations were high. Not to mention, it was to be his masterpiece, and his alone.

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January 20, 2017

OP-ED | Trump’s Inauguration: Making Connecticut Great Again

by Terry Cowgill | January 20, 2017 5:30am

Of all the things for public officials to worry about, you’d think whether to accept an invitation to a presidential inauguration wouldn’t be one of them. After all, it’s an honor that even high-ranking officials don’t often get to witness.

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