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February 5, 2016

OP-ED | Middle Class Jobs, American Dreams Sold Out to Highest Bidders

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 5, 2016 8:00am

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For Stamford resident Matt Olson, a career in IT was the pathway to the American dream. A New Mexico native, who experienced hard times as a kid when his mother became ill and drowned in medical expenses, he graduated with a computer science degree in 1997 and went to work for Sandia National Labs. There, he was paid to go into an accelerated Masters program. By 2001, on his first consulting project, he was making $150 an hour. As Olson observes, “Now that was a labor shortage.”

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January 22, 2016

OP-ED | Who Are The Real Moochers?

by Sarah Darer Littman | January 22, 2016 11:00am

“I began my tenure as a mainstream Republican in the early days of the Reagan presidency. By the end of my career I considered myself a resolute nonpartisan, and increasingly viewed all political ideologies as mental and emotional crutches, or substitute religions: for leaders, a means of manipulating attitudes and behaviors; for the rank and files, a lazy surrogate for problem solving and a way of fulfilling the craving to belong to something bigger than oneself.”

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January 13, 2016

OP-ED | Farewell GE: If You Need Connecticut, We’ll Be In Our Room Eating Ice Cream

by Susan Bigelow | January 13, 2016 6:49pm

It happened: General Electric is leaving Fairfield for Boston. The political blame game has already begun, and the economic pain is sure to be sharp. What’s worse, though, is the blow we’ve taken to something much more fragile than the economy: our collective self-esteem and identity.

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January 11, 2016

Malloy Touts Economic Growth, Downplays Concerns About GE Relocation

by Christine Stuart | January 11, 2016 1:58pm

Christine Stuart photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Connecticut tends to “beat ourselves up pretty hard” when it comes to the economy and job creation, but “the reality is we’ve moved 20 companies from other states into Connecticut.”

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November 25, 2015

Holiday Shopping Starts Before Black Friday

by Cara Rosner | November 25, 2015 5:30am

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving has unofficially kicked off the holiday shopping season, but this year many started tackling their gift lists well before the turkey hit the table.

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September 11, 2015

OP-ED | Will Nader’s New Career Succeed? It’s Complicated

by Terry Cowgill | September 11, 2015 4:30am

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Ralph Nader has had quite a life. But now the legendary consumer advocate and Winsted’s native son is set to embark on a second career at 81 years of age: owner of a tourist attraction.

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September 4, 2015

OP-ED | Labor Day 2015

by Leo Canty | September 4, 2015 12:24pm

Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers and the contributions they have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country, says a paraphrased Labor Department web post.

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August 27, 2015

Blumenthal Calls on Insurance Companies to Help Smokers Quit

by Elizabeth Regan | August 27, 2015 4:30am

Elizabeth Regan photo People who purchased health insurance through the state healthcare exchange and who want to quit smoking are entitled to free medications and services — even if their insurer doesn’t appear to want them to know about it.

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August 18, 2015

Blumenthal to Coca-Cola: ‘The World Is Watching’

by Madeline Stocker | August 18, 2015 6:00pm

Madeline Stocker photo After the Coca-Cola company offered what they described as a “scientific” answer to the age-old weight loss question, health officials across the country accused them of sugar-coating their research.

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August 17, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Blumenthal Wants Companies to Disclose Anti-Slavery Efforts

by Jordan Fenster | August 17, 2015 4:30am

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Apple and other companies whose products are made using forced child labor would be required by law to detail the efforts they have in place to halt such practices, if Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal gets his way.

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