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February 20, 2017

OP-ED | Keep Your Eyes on the CEO, Not the Public Employee

by Sal Luciano | February 20, 2017 10:00pm

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Back in the heyday of the Tea Party, the “12 cookies” joke made the rounds. It went like this:

A CEO, a Tea Party member and public employee sit at a table, with 12 cookies on a plate. The CEO grabs 11 cookies and tells the Tea Party member, “You better watch him. He wants your cookie.”

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February 17, 2017

OP-ED | The Little Special Election That Could? Windsor Republican May Tip Senate to GOP

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

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As the nation weighs the seismic impact of life under a Trump administration whose wheels seem to be coming off, we could soon witness earth-moving changes in Connecticut’s political landscape as well.

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February 15, 2017

OP-ED | When the Russians Come Calling

by Susan Bigelow | February 15, 2017 5:07pm

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It suddenly feels like the bad old days of the Cold War around here, and for good reason. Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, is constantly and aggressively testing the strength and resolve of the NATO alliance. But unlike the 1980s, the United States has no clear policy on Russia, has weak and vacillating leadership, and is entirely unpredictable.

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February 12, 2017

OP-ED | Tesla Needs to Come Clean With Consumers About ‘Full Self-Driving’

by Jim Fleming | February 12, 2017 10:00pm

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The fusion of technology and innovation in our automobiles have given consumers options and features beyond their wildest dreams. However, with such innovation, there can be great risks to the safety and protection of consumers. When marketing these features, auto manufacturers must be careful to ensure they are not deceptively placing profits over the protection of their consumers.

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February 10, 2017

OP-ED | Governor, It’s Time to Stop Dropping Bombs and Start Constructive Conversations

by Sarah Darer Littman | February 10, 2017 12:00pm

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This week, Betsy DeVos, despite her terrifying ignorance of the fact that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a federal law that it will be her job to enforce, was confirmed as Secretary of Education thanks to the tie-breaking vote of Vice-President Mike Pence.

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OP-ED | Groundhog Day: Budget Edition

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

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Guess what? Your property taxes are going up — probably by a lot!

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OP-ED | Malloy’s Dizzying Budget Storm Targets Towns

by Terry Cowgill | February 10, 2017 5:30am

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As I write this on Thursday morning, an awesome white cloud is swirling around the mountains and valleys of the Northwest Corner. The ivory blitz is proceeding at a pace so blinding that I can scarcely track the inches of accumulation. Come to think of it, that’s an apt metaphor for the dizzying array of budgetary pronouncements that have come out of the Malloy administration just in the last 10 days or so.

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February 9, 2017

OP-ED | Orwellian? Relegating Animal Farm to Secondary Reading List

by Barth Keck | February 9, 2017 9:00pm

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The recent controversy at Mystic Middle School surrounding the novel Animal Farm is as instructive as it is timely.

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February 5, 2017

OP-ED | State Correctional Officers Deserve Support

by Rudy Demiraj | February 5, 2017 10:00pm

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Listening to the constant attacks and criticisms of Connecticut state employees compelled me to write on behalf of the brave and courageous men and women who work alongside me at the Connecticut Department of Correction.

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February 3, 2017

OP-ED | Gambling It All Away

by Susan Bigelow | February 3, 2017 10:00am

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These days, I feel like going to a casino and blowing my paycheck on a greasy slot machine. I want to be at a blackjack table surrounded by bitter high school teachers with voices like sandpaper and comp tickets to Dawson’s Creek on Ice. My luck’s gotta turn at some point, right?

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