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January 13, 2017

OP-ED | Confront Logic Fallacies In Policy And Save Lives

by Sarah Darer Littman | January 13, 2017 11:00am

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A new year in America starts with another mass shooting. Are we going to repeat the same questions, then wait till the next time people die for no good reason except our inability to confront the consequences of conflicting policies?

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OP-ED | When Obamacare is Repealed, What Should Connecticut Do?

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

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In the middle of the night on Thursday, Republicans in the U.S. Senate voted to take the first steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act before the end of the month. Connecticut must be ready to step in when the law finally dies.

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January 12, 2017

OP-ED | Cutting Municipal Aid Even As The Political Class Thrives

by Terry Cowgill | January 12, 2017 3:42pm

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We knew it would come to this. The only question was when and how much. Though he has hinted he might accept a tax increase if it was forced upon him, Gov. Dannel Malloy doesn’t want to propose one in anticipation of a projected $1.5 billion budget deficit next year.

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January 6, 2017

OP-ED | Murphy’s Effort To Fund Journalism Doomed To Fail

by Terry Cowgill | January 6, 2017 5:30am

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Skilled politicians are great at picking their battles. Sometimes on matters of importance they’re nowhere to be found. But on more obscure or relatively trivial issues, they’re all over it.

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January 5, 2017

OP-ED | The State of the State: Get Ready for Another Brutal Year

by Susan Bigelow | January 5, 2017 5:30pm

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Well, we knew it wasn’t going to be a sunny, positive, or inspirational speech. The only thing to recommend Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s seventh State of the State address is that his budget speech, to be delivered next month, will be a lot worse.

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December 30, 2016

OP-ED | 2016 Was ‘Post-Truth;’ Next Up: Post-Accountability

by Barth Keck | December 30, 2016 10:00am

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The past year has been nothing short of bizarre, best summed up by two “word of the year” winners.

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December 29, 2016

OP-ED | Reckless Repeal of ACA Risks Lives For No Benefit

by Sarah Darer Littman | December 29, 2016 3:00pm

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Congressional Republicans are falling over themselves to repeal the Affordable Care Act with Scrooge-like joy. It’s as if ideology is more important to them than the fact that hardworking, self-employed taxpayers like my husband and myself could be denied health insurance.

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OP-ED | The Year of Endings

by Susan Bigelow | December 29, 2016 5:30am

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I took a few weeks off from writing this column, both to furiously edit a novel in preparation for a January deadline, and to try and take stock. The first of these tasks was easy; the book will be done on time, and I think it’s pretty good. But the second, that’s much harder.

I hardly know where to start with 2016, except to say that I can feel an entire cultural and political era slipping away as the year finally comes to a close.

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December 23, 2016

OP-ED | How Trump Used Technology To Gain An Edge

by Barth Keck | December 23, 2016 6:55am

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Fake news. Russian hackers. Twitter.

All of the above played a part in Donald Trump’s astonishing victory last month.

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December 16, 2016

OP-ED | Achievement Gap Remains - Not Only in Connecticut, But in Every Other State

by Barth Keck | December 16, 2016 10:00am

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At last week’s meeting, state Board of Education member Malia Sieve not only expressed her displeasure with the latest national science test results; she also called out her fellow board members’ Pollyannaish reactions to those results.

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