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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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October 17, 2017

OP-ED | Misperception Of Urban Schools And Educators Is Pervasive, But Baseless

by Jason Courtmanche | October 17, 2017 4:30am

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Each fall I take first-year students interested in English education on field trips to museums in Connecticut. Last year, on a trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum, several students expressed surprise at the loveliness of the area — the Wadsworth, City Hall, the Public Library, the under construction Hartford Times building, even Bushnell Park in view in the distance from Wells Street or Gold Street. I concurred, and asked if any of them had ever been to the Wadsworth before. All shook their heads no. Then I asked if any of them had ever been to Hartford before, and, again, all of them said no. One young woman said her parents claimed it was too dangerous. Several others said they had heard the same thing.

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October 13, 2017

OP-ED | Felons, Millionaires, and Nobodies: The Race for Governor

by Susan Bigelow | October 13, 2017 9:00am

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Are you a filthy rich businessman who wants to be governor and has $1.8 million lying around to pump into the campaign? If so, too bad, the Republicans already have one of you.

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October 11, 2017

Election Season Has Arrived! Vote.CTNewsJunkie.com Is Here For You

by Doug Hardy | October 11, 2017 1:00pm

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October 6, 2017

OP-ED | If We Don’t Grow, There Will Be More Scotlands

by Terry Cowgill | October 6, 2017 4:30am

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A lot of ink has been spilled — digital and otherwise — on the dismal state of Hartford’s finances and the very real possibility of bankruptcy. Not so much about one of the state’s smallest towns, which is “teetering on the edge of insolvency,” and, relative to its size, is facing challenges almost as daunting as the capital city’s.

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October 5, 2017

OP-ED | No Divorce More Final: When Nations Split Apart

by Susan Bigelow | October 5, 2017 5:50pm

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I traveled through the north of Scotland with my mother in the beginning of September, and while we did pass through a stark and forbidding room labeled “UK Border” and passed around money that said “Bank of England,” there was a sense of being somewhere distinct and different from the United Kingdom.

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