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April 28, 2014

OP-ED | In Support of Connecticut Military Service

by Rep. David Alexander | April 28, 2014 11:24pm

I write in response to Mr. Pat Elder’s Op-Ed article published in the CTNewsJunkie on April 21, 2014, regarding SB 423: An Act Concerning Student Privacy and the Administration of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (“ASVAB”). The ASVAB is a military aptitude test that serves as an entrance exam for the military and a means to slate potential recruits with specific jobs. SB 423 would require parental consent if the student is a minor before the student’s ASVAB score is released to military recruiters. While SB 423 is a well-intended bill, I worry it produces negative, unintended consequences for Connecticut students as well as the overall military culture.

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November 22, 2013

OP-ED | ‘Gray Thursday’ Is Just the Start of Low-Wage Workers’ Woes

by Susan Bigelow | November 22, 2013 9:52am

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means a day of home, family, togetherness and, if you’re unlucky enough to have a job at one of an increasing number of retailers, going in to work that evening.

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October 7, 2013

OP-ED | Children’s Education Shouldn’t Come Down to Chance

by Jennifer Alexander | October 7, 2013 7:06pm

Whether it’s in Bridgeport, Bristol, or Brooklyn, budget cuts and teacher layoffs are an unwelcome prospect but sometimes an unavoidable reality. The manner in which school districts choose which teachers to let go is often decided long in advance, during collective bargaining negotiations.

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September 6, 2013

OP-ED | Armed Guards in School a Difficult, but Correct, Choice

by Susan Bigelow | September 6, 2013 9:19am

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School started again this past week in Connecticut, where, in a few more towns, students headed to class under the watchful eyes of men with guns.

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July 12, 2013

OP-ED | Firearm History and Modern Sensibilities Are Uneasy Companions

by Susan Bigelow | July 12, 2013 8:47am

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Susan Bigelow This week the National Shooting Sports Foundation withdrew its support for the long-running effort to make a national park out of the Colt firearms manufacturing complex in Hartford’s Coltsville section, citing Connecticut’s new strict gun control laws. The foundation couldn’t abide the “hypocrisy” of paying homage to an arms factory while simultaneously restricting the modern firearms industry. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wasted no time in calling it “sour grapes.” He’s right, it’s a petty move, but there’s more to it than that.

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April 25, 2013

Hunger-Striking Inmate Refuses To Register As Sex Offender

by Christine Stuart | April 25, 2013 2:00pm

An inmate who has been on a hunger strike for more than six years was back in court Thursday because he has refused to register as a sex offender.

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November 5, 2012

One Corner, Five Elections 2004-12

by Susan Bigelow | November 5, 2012 6:30am

ENFIELD — I actually took this picture the weekend before Hurricane Sandy slammed into the east coast on October 29, because I figured the winds might not be friendly to the signs. In fact, the campaigns took them all in, and they aren’t there right now. The corner is distressingly bare for early November.

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August 22, 2012

Primary Loss Won’t Deter Tallarita’s Focus as Head of Task Force

by Hugh McQuaid | August 22, 2012 3:30pm

For Rep. Kathy Tallarita, her continued work on a task force aiming to make the state’s liquor laws more consumer friendly is a bittersweet endeavor.

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June 8, 2012

OP-ED | Botched Enfield Convention Underlines Need for Reform

by Susan Bigelow | June 8, 2012 2:42pm

Enfield Democrats have been left shaking their heads after the state party overturned the 58th House District nominating convention’s candidate selection. Proxy votes were the sticking point this time, but the real issue might be conventions in general, and how they happen here in Connecticut.

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May 18, 2012

Sunday Sales Has Broad Political Appeal Near Border

by Christine Stuart | May 18, 2012 7:00am

Dominic Alaimo, Enfield’s Republican “Man of the Year,” said the governor’s party affiliation never mattered to him as long as he or she was willing to sign a bill allowing Sunday liquor sales. That, he said, would make him happy.

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