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July 13, 2018

OP-ED | ‘Most Republicans Won’t Believe This’ and Other Media-Literacy Challenges

by Barth Keck | Jul 13, 2018 4:15am
Posted to: Analysis | US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Education | Immigration | Media Matters | Opinion | White House

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If you’re a Republican, you probably think this op-ed is “fake news.” Indeed, a full 92 percent of Republicans believe that news sources “report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading” either “a lot or sometimes,” according to a recent Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.

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OP-ED | Should We Abolish ICE?

by Susan Bigelow | Jul 13, 2018 3:59am
Posted to: Opinion

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SUSAN BIGELOW What do you do with a government agency that seems to have forgotten the basic humanity of the people it’s been assigned to chase down and deport? Can it be changed? Reformed? Or does it need to be burned to the ground instead?

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July 10, 2018

OP-ED | Facts and Data Are Stubborn Things

by Ellen Andrews | Jul 10, 2018 11:46pm
Posted to: Opinion | Health Care Opinion

Big data is revolutionizing healthcare. The ability to collect reams of detailed information about how care is provided, how much it costs, and then to link that back to effectiveness and outcomes is powerful.

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June 29, 2018

OP-ED | Inept to the Bitter End

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 29, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Analysis | The Economy | Ethics | Jobs | Opinion | Sports | State Capitol | Transparency

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled worrying about the decline of American democracy to remind you that the Connecticut legislature is still completely hopeless.

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June 22, 2018

OP-ED | Animals, and Those Who Care About Them, Deserve Real Humane Reform

by Debora M. Bresch | Jun 22, 2018 10:54pm
Posted to: Analysis | Civil Liberties | Ethics | Law Enforcement | Legal | Opinion | Criminal Justice

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Last Thursday, Gov. Dannel Malloy wisely vetoed legislation that purported to crack down on animal cruelty by requiring anyone convicted of abusing an animal to register on a public statewide database.

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OP-ED | Heartless Assault on Immigrants Must Stop

by Sheila Cohen | Jun 22, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Opinion | Education Opinion

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We’ve all seen the heartbreaking scenes of parents being arrested along our country’s southern border as their sobbing and traumatized children are stripped from their mothers’ protective arms and taken away by border patrol agents. These children were sent to detention facilities that look like prisons, complete with chain-link fencing and locked gates.

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June 21, 2018

OP-ED | The Train to the Future May Yet Stop Here

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 21, 2018 2:58pm
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Jobs | Opinion | Transportation | Rail | Berlin | Enfield | Hartford | New Haven | Trade, Transportation, Utilities Sector

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I crammed myself aboard an Amtrak train with a few hundred of my closest friends this past weekend, rode down to Meriden to wander around the beautiful new Meriden Green, and then I boarded a standing-room-only CTRail train back to Windsor Locks. The Hartford Line was open at last, travel was free, and people were excited.

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OP-ED | Challenging School Year Begs the Question: Where Are the Adults?

by Barth Keck | Jun 21, 2018 11:00am
Posted to: Education | Local Politics | Opinion | State Budget | Ansonia | Burlington | Seymour

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The school year is winding down now, and what a school year it’s been.

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June 15, 2018

OP-ED | Homeschooling In CT: As Usual, It Takes A Tragedy To Make Change

by Terry Cowgill | Jun 15, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Education | Opinion | Education Opinion

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It’s a phenomenon like few others I can think of. Let’s say you know someone who opened a school and staffed it with “teachers” who may or may not know much about their subjects and offer few opportunities for the students to interact with one another. And let’s say the teachers aren’t required to report student attendance and the place isn’t even evaluated regularly to make sure a proper learning environment is maintained.

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June 14, 2018

OP-ED | It’s Easy to be Numb to it All - Don’t Be

by Susan Bigelow | Jun 14, 2018 4:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie | Equality | Ethics | Immigration | Law Enforcement | Opinion | White House

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U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro joined Democratic legislators this week in condemning the Trump administration’s ghastly, cruel, and inhumane policy of separating children from their undocumented migrant families. She called it “child abuse.”

But for just about everyone I know, the reaction has been to sigh, shake their heads, and let it pass through them. After all, it’s only one of many soul-destroying, terrifying, and deeply unjust things to happen this week.

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