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Premium Content Show us your tax returns, Tom Foley

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Here's a suggested question for tonight's opener of the Dan Malloy/Tom Foley election debate season: In the interest of transparency, will you and your running mate release at least several years of tax returns?Such disclosure is not...


Premium Content A job for Rep. Ernest Hewett

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

I am not the first to congratulate Attorney General George Jepsen for doing the right thing last week in starting to salvage the Amistad and its history-telling mission. But I am glad to join the chorus of compliments.In fact, the attorney...


Premium Content Tom and Dan, off the line

 August 22, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

I must say I am happy for the return of campaigning Dan Malloy, who seems much more likable than the governing Dannel Malloy.After winning the 2010 election for governor, Malloy seemed to seal away the more genial and more off-the-cuff Dan...


Premium Content How far the Mashantuckets have fallen

 August 17, 2014; Updated: 3:07 pm

I remember well the day in February 1992 when Foxwoods Resort Casino first opened its doors, planning to close the next morning at 2 a.m.


Premium Content Amistad floats on red ink

 August 15, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Where did all the money the state gave for the schooner Amistad go?You won't find the answer in the year-long audits of the now largely defunct Amistad America Inc., done, expensively - $78,000 more in state money down the Amistad hole -...


Premium Content Collins: Foley survives Sprague attack, so far

 August 13, 2014; Updated: 1:05 pm

When we look back at the summer of 2014, by the time Election Day rolls around in Connecticut this November, I think there are a few things we will all remember.


Premium Content Will the Morgan sail again?

 August 8, 2014; Updated: 11:56 pm

When CBS Evening News closed its broadcast Wednesday with a report on the finish, in Mystic, of the 38th Voyage of America's oldest merchant ship, the network noted that it was the last voyage for the Charles W. Morgan, which will never sail...


Premium Content Why did Connecticut lose money investing in Heather Bond Somers' company?

 August 6, 2014; Updated: 12:45 am

It seems that Heather Bond Somers of Groton, one of three Republicans vying for lieutenant governor, has reason to brag about co-founding a successful medical device company in Connecticut in 1997.


Premium Content Bring out a hook for Ackley and Carter

 August 1, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Just as New London has acquired a new millstone around the neck - a proposed schools superintendent who won't go away, despite a steady rolling out of allegations about inflated credentials and blatant plagiarism - another of the city's old...


Premium Content Fringe-hugger Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh was the best the GOP could do?

 July 30, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

I was surprised to hear Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh say in January, in announcing to an assembly of eastern Connecticut Republicans her plans to run for Congress from the 2nd District, that she was invited into the race by the Republican State Central...


Premium Content Why do Connecticut Republicans love Christie?

 July 27, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Of course I understand why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is happy to sail gaily forth into the fall election season, wearing a public smiley face that belies the four investigations into his administration underway.One of those, a...


Premium Content Malloy-Jepsen vs. Amistad pirates: The pirates are winning

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 12:21 am

It is troubling that so many state bureaucrats and lawmakers keep focusing on an audit of Amistad America, the former nonprofit that kept taking state money for years, right through this spring, without filing income tax returns.Yes,...


Premium Content Whale-watching on the Charles W. Morgan

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 2:11 pm

The excitement on deck of the big whaling ship was palpable Saturday as some of the whales first came into sight, doing the things whales do: breaching, spouting, spouting quite loudly, actually, feeding, mouths open, and showing a lot of whale tail.


Premium Content Malloy's outrage over Amistad slow in coming

 July 11, 2014; Updated: 3:40 pm

I was startled to read Gov. Dannel Malloy's huffing, angry letter to Amistad America Thursday, threatening to "reconsider support of additional state funding."Malloy said it is "wholly unacceptable" for Amistad to not come to New London's...


Premium Content At Westerly McDonald's, it's hold the napkins

 July 9, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

There are many more important things in the world to worry about than the availability of paper napkins at fast-food restaurants.And take this as fair warning: Now is a good time to move on to all those other important things, which you...


Premium Content Susan Herbst's $251,000 date with Hillary Clinton

 July 4, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

I have had a few friendly disagreements with Hillary Clinton supporters since The Washington Post broke the news this week that she was paid $251,000 for an April appearance at the University of Connecticut.I was chastised by these Clinton...


Premium Content Gov. Malloy: Seize the Amistad

 July 2, 2014; Updated: 2:00 am

You have to wonder when the administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy will finally do something to save the Amistad, which has come to be a symbol of the dysfunction of Connecticut government.


Premium Content Does Seaside have a new patron?

 June 29, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

It is beginning to look like mutual fund mogul Charles Royce, whose $140 million Ocean House in Watch Hill is Westerly's largest taxpayer, may be riding in to save Seaside in Waterford.A suggestion that Royce may be involved in developing...


Premium Content New Bedford eager to give the Charles W. Morgan a warm welcome

 June 25, 2014; Updated: 1:24 am

Some people from Mystic Seaport planning the homecoming visit of the Charles W. Morgan to its longtime homeport of New Bedford have joked about the notion that the city might close the gates to a huge hurricane barrier that can seal off...


Premium Content Charles W. Morgan is home

 June 25, 2014; Updated: 7:08 pm

There were a lot of superlatives to consider in the historic homecoming to New Bedford Wednesday of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan.


Premium Content Let the Elks roam to the Lighthouse Inn

 June 22, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

I floated, back in September 2013, an idea for reopening New London's Lighthouse Inn that at the time probably seemed a little far-fetched.The idea came from members of the New London Lodge of Elks, who suggested they might be willing to...


Premium Content Disenfranchising New London voters

 June 20, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

It's been a while since New London Mayor Daryl Finizio appeared in public wearing his knitted Everlast hat, to hide what he said then was a boxing bruise. But, based on some things he's been saying lately, I wonder if there could have been a new...


Premium Content If Malloy were to move to Stonington ...

 June 18, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

It seems like we have seen a lot of Gov. Dannel Malloy here in eastern Connecticut lately.I had chalked this up to election-year politics that generally make candidates touch the geographic bases around a big state like...


Premium Content Morgan tugging on the lines

 May 30, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

I am sure I am not alone in savoring the pleasure of having a genuine whaling ship tied up on New London's waterfront again.Charles W. Morgan looks, if I could imagine a ship to have feelings, happy, too, tucked in at City Pier, in...


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