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March 24, 2017

OP-ED | It’s Way Past Time for Tolls

by Susan Bigelow | March 24, 2017 11:00am

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I was going through some old posts the other day and found one about the legislature considering putting up tolls on the highways to help pay for transportation. It was from 2007. Maybe — just maybe — they’re finally getting ready to do it this year.

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OP-ED | Pragmatism, Not Ideology, Needed in Healthcare Reform

by Sarah Darer Littman | March 24, 2017 9:00am

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The problem with voting for president is you can’t take your vote back for a refund when you realize you got a bum deal.

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OP-ED | What Happens If ESPN Fails?

by Terry Cowgill | March 24, 2017 5:30am

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As if Connecticut didn’t have enough to worry about amid the economic disruption caused by revenue shortfalls and a state government unwilling to live within its means. One of the business community’s jewels is, by some accounts, collapsing.

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March 17, 2017

OP-ED | The Valley of the Casinos

by Susan Bigelow | March 17, 2017 10:00am

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SUSAN BIGELOW This endless casino war between Springfield and Greater Hartford is being cast by supporters of an East Windsor casino as one state vying to keep jobs the other state is stealing, but it’s not that. It’s a single cohesive region of two million people gleefully shooting itself in the foot.

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OP-ED | Giving Statistics A Bad Name

by Barth Keck | March 17, 2017 5:30am

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When the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last week that 235,000 new jobs were added in February, the first full month of Donald Trump’s presidency, the response from the White House was predictable.

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March 13, 2017

OP-ED | Millstone Bill Really *Is* All About Rates

by John Erlingheuser | March 13, 2017 11:36pm

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In his Op Ed piece on March 3rd, Kevin Hennessy (director of state policy for Dominion) claims Dominion is not asking for any subsidies from the state of Connecticut, its taxpayers, or ratepayers. This is simply not the case.

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March 10, 2017

OP-ED | Are We Heading for a Showdown on Marijuana?

by Susan Bigelow | March 10, 2017 11:00am

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There’s a chance that Connecticut might legalize the recreational use of cannabis this year. And there’s an equal chance that, no matter what the legislature decides, it won’t matter.

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OP-ED | What if . . . ?

by Sarah Darer Littman | March 10, 2017 9:00am

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“What do you suppose is the life expectancy is of a country that’s lost its grip on reality? Whose national consciousness is based on delusion and fantasy? Whose dominant mode of expression is the language of advertising and sloganeering?”

—Soldiers on the Fault Line: War, Rhetoric, and Reality, The Seventh Annual David L. Janetta Distinguished Lecture in War, Literature, and the Arts, 9/10/13 U.S. Air Force Academy delivered by Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

One of my favorite creative writing exercises with teens is to have them make a list of 10 current issues, technologies, or laws and then make second column where they extrapolate 50 years into the future and imagine how the things they’ve written in column one might affect society.

Have laws been taken to the extreme? Are technologies being used for good or have they taken a less benevolent turn? Teens then write a story using some of the ideas in column two.

Last night, I read Ben Fountain’s lecture as research for a novel I’m writing, and it prompted me to ask a few “what if” questions of my own:

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March 3, 2017

OP-ED | Scapegoats for the Nationalists

by Susan Bigelow | March 3, 2017 11:00am

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one. There was an old man in some godforsaken land clinging to power, and he, in his weakness, needed to look strong. And so he found those who were powerless and alone for the people to hate and to fear.

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OP-ED | Will DeVos Impact Connecticut Schools? Not Right Away

by Barth Keck | March 3, 2017 6:30am

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The motivation behind Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments is no mystery. At least not if you listen to the president’s top tactician.

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