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February 12, 2016

OP-ED | Newly Raised Bills for 2016 Belie Worries About the Economy

by Susan Bigelow | February 12, 2016 9:00am

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At the start of every legislative session, members submit a blizzard of new bills for consideration. Many of them are either merged into other bills or blessedly forgotten, but they’re all still worth looking at to see what’s on lawmakers’ minds. This year, it’s all about taxes and the economy.

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OP-ED | Minimum Pricing: Deliver Us From The Scourge

by Terry Cowgill | February 12, 2016 5:30am

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The headline in the Feb. 7 Danbury News-Times said it all: “Liquor shop owners wary about calls to nix minimum pricing.” No kidding. As people in the liquor industry outside our state are fond of saying, “Only in Connecticut.”

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February 10, 2016

OP-ED | More Changes In Education Requirements? Been There, Done That

by Barth Keck | February 10, 2016 9:31am

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We’ve passed the halfway point of the school year and that means one thing for teachers: mid-year evaluation meetings!

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February 5, 2016

OP-ED | Welcome to the New Austerity

by Susan Bigelow | February 5, 2016 10:00am

The legislative session kicked off under gloomy skies as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced his plans to balance the budget through massive spending cuts and layoffs. The stage is now set for what should be a brutal battle between the governor and state employee unions, with the legislature caught in the middle.

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OP-ED | Middle Class Jobs, American Dreams Sold Out to Highest Bidders

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 5, 2016 8:00am

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For Stamford resident Matt Olson, a career in IT was the pathway to the American dream. A New Mexico native, who experienced hard times as a kid when his mother became ill and drowned in medical expenses, he graduated with a computer science degree in 1997 and went to work for Sandia National Labs. There, he was paid to go into an accelerated Masters program. By 2001, on his first consulting project, he was making $150 an hour. As Olson observes, “Now that was a labor shortage.”

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OP-ED | FOI Norwalk Style and No Violins For Shankar

by Terry Cowgill | February 5, 2016 5:30am

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Of all the issues that arise in national, state and municipal government, few of them raise my hackles like public officials who try to block access to information that should be available to the public.

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January 31, 2016

OP-ED | Claims of Defensive Medicine Driving Healthcare Costs Not New

by Neil Ferstand | January 31, 2016 9:03pm

Neither are they accurate.

If you are unfamiliar with the term, a common definition of defensive medicine is the practice by a physician of ordering precautionary treatments, tests and procedures largely or entirely to avoid potential liability. The concept came into prominence when the AMA started using the term in the mid to late 1960s and it started to gain traction sometime in the 1970s. The medical industry claims the costs associated with defensive medicine significantly add to the costs of U.S. health care.

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January 29, 2016

OP-ED | Making Connecticut More Business Friendly Isn’t Hard

by Eric Gjede | January 29, 2016 2:58pm

Connecticut begins 2016 having finally regained all of the private sector jobs lost in the Great Recession of 2008.

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OP-ED | The Special Case of Senator Maynard

by Terry Cowgill | January 29, 2016 5:30am

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When I first became politically aware as a teenager, I recall being struck by what a different standard we apply to elected and appointed officials. Appointed officials serve at the pleasure of those who appointed them, while elected officials are accountable mostly to the voters who put them into office.

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January 22, 2016

OP-ED | Who Are The Real Moochers?

by Sarah Darer Littman | January 22, 2016 11:00am

“I began my tenure as a mainstream Republican in the early days of the Reagan presidency. By the end of my career I considered myself a resolute nonpartisan, and increasingly viewed all political ideologies as mental and emotional crutches, or substitute religions: for leaders, a means of manipulating attitudes and behaviors; for the rank and files, a lazy surrogate for problem solving and a way of fulfilling the craving to belong to something bigger than oneself.”

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