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October 21, 2016

OP-ED | Wasn’t There A Senate Race Happening?

by Susan Bigelow | October 21, 2016 10:00am

Dan Carter’s been in the news a lot, lately. Unfortunately for state Rep. Dan Carter, R-Bethel, who is challenging Sen. Richard Blumenthal this year, the Dan Carter that dominates the first page of any Google search is a rugby player in New Zealand. Their Dan Carter’s been battling a doping allegation. Ours is battling total indifference.

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OP-ED | Welcome To Connecticut . . . Now Hold Your Nose

by Terry Cowgill | October 21, 2016 5:30am

“Connecticut sucks.” We’re used to hearing that sort of sentiment from a business community weary of high taxes and excessive regulation or from young people who think the state is boring.

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October 14, 2016

OP-ED | There’s Something To Be Said For Local School Districts

by Barth Keck | October 14, 2016 3:30pm

Toni Gold, a transportation and community development consultant, struck a nerve with her op-ed last month in the Hartford Courant, “Old Yankee Boundaries Strangling CT Cities.”

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OP-ED | Even This Is Not the Last Straw for CT GOP?

by Sarah Darer Littman | October 14, 2016 10:00am

Last December, disturbed by the rising tide of hate speech, I wrote a piece titled “Now is the time for moral courage.” Sadly, there was none of that to be found in Connecticut’s Republican Party, and very little in the national GOP.  Two months later, in February, I went to a coffee with my state legislators and asked them the same question, and they sat mute as I was told to “be quiet” and “stop talking.” 

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OP-ED | Common Sense Should Prevail In Vo-Tech Discussion

by Terry Cowgill | October 14, 2016 5:30am

For good reason, they say cutting Social Security is the third rail in American politics. For the moment in Connecticut, the untouchable seem to be vocational-technical high schools.

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October 10, 2016

OP-ED | Trump-Clinton II Was a Disaster for Democracy

by Susan Bigelow | October 10, 2016 12:00am

Well, I feel like I just saw American electoral politics step past a line it can never really come back from, yet again. Thanks, 2016.

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October 7, 2016

OP-ED | John Larson’s Tunnel Needs to Happen

by Susan Bigelow | October 7, 2016 10:00am

Just when we all thought the grand idea of burying I-84 in Hartford had been scuttled by the penny-pinching DOT, along comes U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, with an ambitious plan to build an even bigger tunnel that buries both interstates and extends into East Hartford, all with federal dollars.

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October 3, 2016

OP-ED | Is Hillary’s Fire Aimed at the Wrong Candidate?

by Chris Haynes | October 3, 2016 8:22am

When 97,488 Floridians voted for Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential election, Americans learned the potential significance of third-party candidates. George Bush won Florida by only 537 votes that year, giving him the presidency.  

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September 30, 2016

OP-ED | End Local Control of Schools

by Susan Bigelow | September 30, 2016 10:00am

A long time ago, Puritans carved out the boundaries of their towns by how far away someone could live from the church and still get to the sermon on time. Today, those arbitrary boundaries are also the limits of most of our school districts, meaning the kind of education your child gets depends on which side of the line your house sits.

This is deeply unjust, and it needs to end.

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OP-ED | Of ‘Old Yankee Boundaries’ And Revenue Shortfalls

by Terry Cowgill | September 30, 2016 5:30am

Few things get the old Yankee blood boiling faster than talk of regionalization — especially in Connecticut, where we essentially have a long history of government that includes only state and municipal.

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