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August 26, 2016

OP-ED | Suburbs and City Must Come Together

by Susan Bigelow | August 26, 2016 9:59am

Earlier this month, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin called for financial relief for his beleaguered, cash-strapped city from the state and from neighboring towns. He is absolutely correct to do so. It’s time for the whole region, which draws enormous benefit from the presence of the city, to lift Hartford up. The same should be said for cities like New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury and their surrounding communities.

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OP-ED | First Five Report Doesn’t Tell Us Much

by Sarah Darer Littman | August 26, 2016 8:00am

Curious taxpayers finally got a look at the state Department of Economic and Community Development’s long-awaited analysis of the First Five Plus economic incentive program on Tuesday. The document raises as many questions as it purports to answer.

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OP-ED | Getting Serious About ‘Liquor Justice’

by Terry Cowgill | August 26, 2016 5:30am

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It’s finally happened. Someone besides the governor is taking meaningful action to dismantle Connecticut’s protection racket for package stores. And if the state doesn’t get its act together, the legal bills could mount.

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August 19, 2016

OP-ED | Don’t Waste the Incredible Possibilities of Rail in Connecticut

by Susan Bigelow | August 19, 2016 10:00am

If you live in Connecticut, chances are you run across abandoned or barely used rail lines all the time. Our state has a rich railway history, and we must take advantage of that to reuse what we have and create new, better lines that will connect us with the rest of the country and beyond. Rail, not highways, are our future.

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OP-ED | Mileage Tax? Don’t Even Bother Studying It

by Robert A. Cuozzo | August 19, 2016 9:00am

I am a life-long Democrat and have voted the straight party line for some time. In addition, I have lived in Connecticut my entire life. That is why I am absolutely aghast that the democratically controlled General Assembly is considering resurrecting the mileage tax.

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OP-ED | Sexism, the Olympics, and Politics

by Barth Keck | August 19, 2016 5:30am

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Here we go again. Already exasperated from charges that the dominance of his UConn women’s basketball team might be “bad for the sport,” head coach Geno Auriemma was asked a similar question regarding his U.S. women’s Olympic team.

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August 18, 2016

OP-ED | Libertarian Party Ticket: A Common Sense Revolution for America

by Paul McConnell | August 18, 2016 8:00am

The Libertarian Party ticket can absolutely win this election. The math is surprisingly easy.

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August 12, 2016

OP-ED | Keeping the Young in Connecticut Should be a Priority

by Susan Bigelow | August 12, 2016 9:59am

It feels like there’s no surer sign of the decline of a region than when young college educated people all migrate away, seeking jobs and a better life somewhere else. That, according to a new report out from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, is where the capital region stands today.

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OP-ED | Data on Malloy’s First Five is Long Overdue

by Sarah Darer Littman | August 12, 2016 8:00am

At the end of May the state offered a controversial economic package to Westport-based Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund. Based on this new addition to the governor’s First Five program, it was time to scrutinize our state’s economic incentive policies.

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OP-ED | Rowlandesque: Malloy’s Baffling Watchdog Gambit

by Terry Cowgill | August 12, 2016 5:30am

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If there’s one rule in politics you can take to the bank, it’s never to behave in a way that invites comparisons to high-profile corrupt politicians who resigned in disgrace. For obvious reasons, whether the epithet is fairly or unfairly hurled, elected officials should avoid being labeled “Nixonian” or the equivalent. It’s sort of bad for your career.

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