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August 28, 2015

OP-ED | GE and the Corporate Headquarters Sweepstakes

by Susan Bigelow | August 28, 2015 10:00am

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Let the games begin! General Electric is considering offers from other states, including New York, to move its Fairfield headquarters and other jobs out of Connecticut. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s been in talks with GE about staying. Either way it comes out, GE wins and we lose.

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OP-ED | To Improve Democracy, Lower the Voting Age

by Kiernan Majerus-Collins | August 28, 2015 9:00am

Why is our political system so shortsighted? On so many issues, from global warming to fiscal responsibility, our government seems focused on short-term benefits, while it ignores long-term consequences. Our infrastructure is falling apart, our schools are underfunded, and all the while special interests make out like bandits. Why?

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OP-ED | Connecticut’s Very Own Email Scandal - What Is Malloy Hiding?

by Suzanne Bates | August 28, 2015 8:00am

During Gov. Dannel Malloy’s trip to New Hampshire this week on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, one of his jobs was to convince Granite State voters that Clinton’s email scandal was overblown.

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OP-ED | To Heck With The Trains . . . Make The DMV Run On Time

by Terry Cowgill | August 28, 2015 5:30am

I’ve always been amused by a favorite expression of good-government types: “Making the trains run on time.” But since relatively few people ride trains anymore — and even fewer remember Mussolini — perhaps the metaphor-mongers should adopt, “Keeping the lines moving at the DMV.”

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August 21, 2015

OP-ED | New Leadership Needed to End Educational Malpractice Across Nation

by Joseph Ricciotti | August 21, 2015 3:40pm

There is a test and punish fixation in public education today that is an outgrowth of the education policies of the present U.S. Education Secretary, Arne Duncan.

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OP-ED | Donald Trump and the New Campaign Normal

by Susan Bigelow | August 21, 2015 5:30am

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It’s turned into the question of the summer: “So when do you think this Trump thing is going to end?”

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August 18, 2015

OP-ED | A Tale of Two Cities

by Kiernan Majerus-Collins | August 18, 2015 5:30am

Democrats in Bristol were jubilant on the night of Nov. 6, 2001. On a ticket led by then-Mayor Frank Nicastro, the Democrats had won a clean sweep of the local races.

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August 14, 2015

OP-ED | Summer of the Gun

by Susan Bigelow | August 14, 2015 10:00am

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Violent crime in cities like Hartford is rising again after decades of slowly falling, and nobody seems to know why. If something useful isn’t done soon, the political and social fallout could be disastrous.

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OP-ED | Abusive DCF Employees Should Be Fired; Will Union Protect Them?

by Suzanne Bates | August 14, 2015 7:59am

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The children who enter the care of the state, overseen by the Department of Children and Families, are our most vulnerable children, and yet there are state workers who are allowed to continue to work with them even after allegations of abuse.

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OP-ED | Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation Cautious On Iran Deal

by Terry Cowgill | August 14, 2015 5:30am

Back when George W. Bush was president, it was always interesting to see where members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation would position themselves on Bush’s initiatives. Seemed like most of the time, Democrats stood uniformly in opposition — with the notable exception of Sen. Joe Lieberman, who showed his independence from them by supporting Bush’s Iraq war resolution and giving the commander-in-chief a peck on the cheek at the 2005 state-of-the-union address.

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