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June 24, 2016

OP-ED | Looking for the Turning Point on Guns

by Susan Bigelow | June 24, 2016 10:00am

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After the heartbreak and agony of Newtown, I had just the faintest stirring of hope that we’d reached a turning point on guns. Maybe, just maybe, we could put aside the intractable cultural battle over guns for just a few moments to put into place a few very basic, common sense controls like universal background checks.

I was wrong.

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OP-ED | For Katharine Wade, A Moment of Introspection Is In Order

by Terry Cowgill | June 24, 2016 5:29am

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In all the years I’ve been writing about government, I’ve never been able to answer one question: why are otherwise smart people so blind to their own conflicts of interest?

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June 17, 2016

OP-ED | Gun Control: The ‘Silence’ Is Deafening

by Terry Cowgill | June 17, 2016 5:30am

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After a savage attack last week in a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed more people than any mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Connecticut and America are waking up with a gun hangover. They only question is whether it’ll wear off and allow the nation to return to business as usual, or whether the headache and shame are so severe as to effect a real change in lifestyle. I’m hoping for the latter.

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June 16, 2016

OP-ED | After Orlando: Pain, Fear, and Resilience

by Susan Bigelow | June 16, 2016 6:00pm

I wish I knew how to feel after Orlando. I’ve felt so many things, from shock to horror to anger to grief to a deep, worried sadness that refuses to fade, days later. I’ve seen the people around me react with fury, with political slogans, with hate, and with resignation.

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June 14, 2016

OP-ED | Welcome to the Era of Incendiary Rhetoric and Unsubstantiated Finger-pointing

by Barth Keck | June 14, 2016 8:00pm

It took less than 12 hours from the time the first shots were fired at the Orlando nightclub for Donald Trump to tweet the following:

“Is President Obama going to finally mention the words radical Islamic terrorism? If he doesn’t he should immediately resign in disgrace!”

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June 10, 2016

OP-ED | Don’t Let Ballpark Blues Get You Down

by Susan Bigelow | June 10, 2016 10:00am

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It’s sunny and in the 70s as I write this; it would have been a beautiful day for baseball in Hartford. But sadly, thanks to contractor bungling, it looks like we may not get to hear the crack of the bat at the tantalizingly-close-to-done Dunkin’ Donuts Park until 2017.

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OP-ED | Dear Hillary: Ditch the ‘Lack of Transparency’ Governor

by Sarah Darer Littman | June 10, 2016 9:00am

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What a difference a decade makes. Back in 2004, when then-Mayor Dan Malloy was launching his first exploratory committee for governor, he called for “a fundamental change in our approach to government.” As the first official investigation into corruption charges against Gov. John Rowland continued, that Malloy said, “When government becomes a closed insider game this kind of stuff can play itself out.”

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OP-ED | Media Watch: What Will Become of The Courant?

by Terry Cowgill | June 10, 2016 5:30am

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Everyone, it seems, loves to hate corporations — unless you’re fortunate enough to have a really good job at one, or you love one of their products. Apple fans can tell you all about that.

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June 6, 2016

OP-ED | Never Secure Or Lucrative, News Reporting Is Needed Now More Than Ever

by Barth Keck | June 6, 2016 8:59am


It comes as no surprise in this era of Big Data that the top three jobs of 2016 are data scientist, statistician, and information security analyst, according to Career Cast.

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June 3, 2016

OP-ED | Malloy in the Middle

by Susan Bigelow | June 3, 2016 9:59am

Last week, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders tried to force the Democratic National Convention into a shape more to his liking by demanding that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a supporter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, be booted from a high-profile chairmanship. He failed, but the fact that he tried says something about both Malloy and the dangerous state of our politics today.

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