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November 17, 2017

OP-ED | In Era of Mass Murder, Second Amendment Advocate An Unlikely Hero

by Terry Cowgill | November 17, 2017 5:30am

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Few things are more painful to me than the abuse of power, or incompetence in the execution of that power. The consequences for those affected by such malfeasance and clumsiness are so great as to demand a sense of outrage from us all.

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November 16, 2017

OP-ED | What’s There to be Thankful For, Anyway?

by Susan Bigelow | November 16, 2017 7:35am

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This has been an exhausting, dispiriting, bewildering, and painful 12 months. It’s only a year since the election, but we still haven’t begun to reckon with everything that we’ve lost, and with all the damage our egomaniacal liar of a president and all those demons who surround him have yet to do.

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November 15, 2017

It’s Not Magic. It’s Money - CTNewsJunkie Needs Your Support

by Christine Stuart | November 15, 2017 11:28pm


Recently, I had an eerie flashback to 2006. I walked into a press conference to discover I was the only one there. Eventually one other reporter showed up and it got started.

Unfortunately, I’m sometimes still the only reporter who shows up at a press conference. It happens more than anyone realizes.

But it’s always a stark reminder of why CTNewsJunkie exists.

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November 14, 2017

There Is No Substitute for Real News - But It Needs Everyone’s Support To Survive And Thrive

by Jack Kramer | November 14, 2017 10:17pm

Javier Brosch via shutterstock As I wrap up my 41st year in the business of writing/editing/reporting news, I can say with all honesty that the last two of those years have been the most fun.

For most of my previous years in the business, I sat behind a desk — mostly in New Haven, but also in New Britain, Bristol, Torrington, Middletown, New Milford, Storrs, Woonsocket, R.I., Fall River, Mass., Trenton, N.J., Saratoga, N.Y. … OK, you get the idea.

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November 13, 2017

The Journalism You Depend On Also Depends On You

by Christine Stuart | November 13, 2017 11:29pm

ctnewsjunkie We have been so focused this year on covering the state budget deadlock, and what it means for Connecticut’s taxpayers, that we fell behind a bit and missed a few of our much-needed quarterly fundraisers.

Hear me out.

Being a small, independent news publisher means keeping up with the latest developments in the news cycle in addition to trying to manage your business in a quickly changing economic landscape.

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November 10, 2017

OP-ED | Are All Politics National, Now?

by Susan Bigelow | November 10, 2017 9:00am

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It happens every municipal election cycle. Everyone drags out the mystic runes and Ouija boards to try and divine what it all means for the next state and federal elections. This is usually a futile task. But in the upside-down world of 2017, it may not be.

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November 3, 2017

OP-ED | Economic Fears, State Budget Woes on the Minds of Municipal Election Candidates

by Susan Bigelow | November 3, 2017 9:00am

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I’ve been looking through candidate profiles on CTNewsJunkie’s local election site, Vote.CTNewsJunkie.com, and it’s been a window into the hopes, fears, worries, and priorities of the people in our towns.

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October 27, 2017

OP-ED | Why You Should Vote in the Municipal Elections

by Susan Bigelow | October 27, 2017 7:30am

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Local elections are here. You noticed, right? Of course you did.

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October 20, 2017

OP-ED | Of Timid Politicians, Good Journalism, And Harvey Weinstein

by Terry Cowgill | October 20, 2017 4:30am

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Ever since my ninth-grade English teacher introduced me to the term, I’ve always enjoyed oxymorons. Indeed, I even like saying the word oxymoron. Classics like “jumbo shrimp” come to mind, along with the self-deprecating “military intelligence” — the latter invented, I’m told, by no less than the military itself.

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October 19, 2017

OP-ED | City Impossible: The Weird, Wonderful World of the Amazon HQ2 Proposal

by Susan Bigelow | October 19, 2017 4:52pm

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Imagine a striking city of skyscrapers, greenery, pedestrian-filled bridges over a glistening river, buried highways, and a riverside ferris wheel, all contained within a “cohesive ecosystem” of nearby towns. This is the remarkable, radical revisioning of Hartford dreamed up by the creators of Connecticut’s longshot bid for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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