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July 21, 2017

OP-ED | Post-Accountability: Now, The Buck Stops Nowhere

by Barth Keck | July 21, 2017 5:30am

REUTERS / Carlos Barria
Post-accountability. That’s the word I predicted would be 2017’s “word of the year.” It seemed a reasonable follow-up to last year’s winners.

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July 20, 2017

OP-ED | Reject Too-Costly Union Deal

by Susan Bigelow | July 20, 2017 7:00pm

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Connecticut’s state employee unions approved a concessions package this week that will save the state $1.5 billion over the next two years. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the deal comes at way too high a price, and will make closing the deficit much harder in the years to come.

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July 14, 2017

OP-ED | Can Connecticut Reinvent Itself?

by Terry Cowgill | July 14, 2017 5:30am

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Poor Connecticut. Because of our modest size and our quirky geography, we’ve long had an inferiority complex. Sandwiched in between two of the most vibrant metropolitan areas in the world, we’ve never really been able to figure out what we are.

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July 13, 2017

OP-ED | Fundraising Race Gives Us Our First Glimpse of 2018 Field

by Susan Bigelow | July 13, 2017 7:00pm

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Politics right now is so grim that looking ahead to an election that won’t happen for 15 months is oddly soothing and hopeful — for the most part. So let’s take a look at the still-forming field for 2018’s wide open race for governor, and dream of the possibility of change.

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July 7, 2017

OP-ED | Hartford’s Future is Everyone’s Responsibility

by Susan Bigelow | July 7, 2017 10:00am

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It’s been a bad few weeks for the state’s capital city. Aetna, long the business bulwark of the one-time Insurance Capital of the World, announced in late June that they will move their headquarters to Manhattan. And now the state’s ongoing budget impasse may mean much-needed aid to cash-strapped Hartford doesn’t materialize.

What happens next is up to all of us to decide.

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OP-ED | Factory Towns Are Gone, But Manufacturing Is More Vital Than Ever

by Barth Keck | July 7, 2017 5:30am

S.L. Price’s book Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town is a detailed historical and sociological examination of how business and sports coalesced to mold the town of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. As I read this fascinating case study, it prompted many personal recollections and caused me to ponder the impact of manufacturing on Connecticut’s economy.

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June 30, 2017

OP-ED | Lesson for Trinity’s Williams: Would Your Mother Approve?

by Terry Cowgill | June 30, 2017 5:30am

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Sometimes the public is witness to an event and discerns an outcome that no one will be entirely happy with. It happens in the lawmaking business all the time. We journalists are frequently confronted with this dynamic as well. And I’m afraid this column will be yet another example.

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June 23, 2017

OP-ED | Redistricting Reform Long Overdue

by Susan Bigelow | June 23, 2017 10:00am

The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing a case on the politically biased drawing of electoral districts for the first time. Depending on how the justices rule, this could be a watershed moment for fairness in elections both nationally and here in Connecticut.

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OP-ED | Middle Class, Middle Aged, and Mad

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 23, 2017 8:00am

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I’m a hard-working, middle-aged, middle-class American, and I’m tired and angry.

I’m self-employed, and have several pre-existing health conditions, one of which involves mental health. I choose to be open about that in order to help the young people I write for, by showing them that you can have a diagnosed condition and still lead a productive and successful life with the right medication and treatment — if, and this is becoming an increasingly big if — you have insurance and can afford the co-pays.

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OP-ED | School Year in Review: DeVos Receives Failing Grade

by Barth Keck | June 23, 2017 5:30am

REUTERS / Aaron P. Bernstein
Another school year has come to an end. As I look back, one persistent image in my mind is U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos using a Congressional testimony to dismiss East Hartford High School as “nothing more than adult day care ... a dangerous daycare.”

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