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March 23, 2016

Health Care Advocates Push For Greater Scrutiny Of Cigna-Anthem Merger Plan

by Steve Majerus-Collins | March 23, 2016 1:00pm

shutterstock A new coalition of groups opposed to the proposed $54 billion merger of Anthem with Bloomfield-based Cigna called Wednesday for state regulators to ensure as much public scrutiny of the deal as possible.

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March 18, 2016

OP-ED | MDC-Niagara Debacle Breeds Deep Cynicism

by Terry Cowgill | March 18, 2016 5:30am

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The military has all kinds of colorful terms for situations that turn into disasters of varying degrees. Unfortunately — or fortunately, depending on your point of view — most of them can’t be repeated here.

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March 9, 2016

Bill That Penalizes Large Employers For Paying Low Wages Gets A Public Hearing

by Christine Stuart | March 9, 2016 6:30am

This year’s version of a bill that would fine large employers who don’t pay their workers at least $15 an hour is slightly different than last year’s.

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February 26, 2016

OP-ED | With One Exception, State’s Congressional Delegation Mostly Mute on Apple

by Terry Cowgill | February 26, 2016 6:30am

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Over the 30 years that I’ve been paying attention, Connecticut’s congressional delegation hasn’t been particularly shy about commenting on matters that could potentially affect the privacy of tens of millions of Americans. But as of this writing, only one of them has addressed the hottest issue of the last two weeks: the case of the Federal Bureau of Investigations vs. Apple Computers. Even the camera-mugging Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the great protector of consumers from sea to shining sea, hasn’t seen fit to even put out a press release.

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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 9:00am

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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 12:00pm

“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 7:49pm

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 2:58pm

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 6:30am

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 5:30am

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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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