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December 2, 2016

OP-ED | The One Thing I Agree With Donald Trump On

by Susan Bigelow | December 2, 2016 10:00am

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Let’s get this out of the way: President-elect Donald Trump is a serial liar, a con man, and an egotistical misogynist who rode to the presidency on a national wave of populist self-delusion.

But there is one thing that I think he gets right. Mostly.

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OP-ED | ‘Health’ Of Small Towns Threatened By DPH Proposal

by Terry Cowgill | December 2, 2016 5:30am

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“We didn’t ask for it; there’s no need for it,” Goshen First Selectman Bob Valentine told the Northwest Hills Council of Governments in October. “It’s a solution looking for a problem.”

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November 29, 2016

OP-ED | Proliferation of Fake News Underscores Woeful Lack Of Critical Thinking

by Barth Keck | November 29, 2016 11:23pm

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“Fake news” is all the rage now. Since Election Day, articles have appeared daily, outlining this latest scourge infecting the nation’s news landscape.

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November 25, 2016

OP-ED | Trump Redraws Connecticut Political Map

by Susan Bigelow | November 25, 2016 9:00am

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Geography tells a story, and the map of the 2016 presidential election in Connecticut tells us both how Donald Trump lost Connecticut and the popular vote nationwide, but how he won the Electoral College and the presidency.

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November 23, 2016

OP-ED | Actions Speak Louder Than Words - No Time for Indifference

by Sarah Darer Littman | November 23, 2016 3:00pm

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In his election night speech, President-elect Donald Trump claimed, “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”

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November 18, 2016

OP-ED | In a Time of Misinformation and Lies, Libraries Need Our Support

by Susan Bigelow | November 18, 2016 10:00am

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One of the great promises of the internet was that it would be a conduit for truth; repressive governments would be hard put to stop the flow of news from reaching their citizens. What we’ve gotten instead is a deluge of fake and grossly biased “news” sources that have made it a lot more difficult for us to tell what’s real.

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OP-ED | A Tied Senate: An Opportunity Or A Recipe For Dysfunction?

by Terry Cowgill | November 18, 2016 5:30am

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One of the oddities of this year’s elections, aside from the fact that we elected an unlikely president, is that for the first time in recent memory the Connecticut Senate is now deadlocked at 18 — the result of the Republicans flipping three seats from Democratic to GOP control.

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November 16, 2016

OP-ED | Dogs Teach Us To Look For The Good In All People - So Let’s Try That

by Barth Keck | November 16, 2016 5:30am

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I wish I were half the person my dog thinks I am.

I’ve always liked that adage because it’s simple, honest, and accurate.

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November 11, 2016

OP-ED | In The Social Media Wars, Truth Is The First Casualty

by Terry Cowgill | November 11, 2016 5:30am

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Hillary Clinton may have lost the presidential election but it appears the real casualty in the partisan wars was the truth, which during the presidential campaign took quite a drubbing — not only among the candidates themselves but in what passes for political discourse in the social media echo chamber. Or if you’re picking winners instead of losers, listen to my colleague Barth Keck, who says the grand victor was confirmation bias.

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November 10, 2016

OP-ED | And the Winner Is . . . Confirmation Bias

by Barth Keck | November 10, 2016 9:00am

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The 2016 election is history — mercifully — and Donald Trump will be our next president. While the GOP candidate might have garnered enough votes to take the win, I believe there’s an even bigger winner this year.

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