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Premium Content Setting a new course for the Amistad

 August 21, 2014; Updated: 11:54 pm

Attorney General George Jepsen should be exploring legal pathways to returning control of the Amistad to the state and placing its maintenance and operation in the hands of the Mystic Seaport, where it was built.The state has made the case...


Premium Content Pryor will go, but reforms need to stay

 August 20, 2014; Updated: 12:00 am

The announcement by Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor that he will not serve past the end of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's first term has all the appearances of a political move intended to improve the governor's chances of having a...


Premium Content Use ballot box, not jury box, to settle policy disputes

 August 19, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

Indicting a governor for using his veto power in a display of hardball politics is outrageous, even by over-the-top Texas standards. It is just about as outrageous as the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives suing the president because a...


Consumer politics

 August 19, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

The following editorial appeared in Monday's Washington Post.If you're a Republican, you might want to think twice before buying Lipton Iced Tea, and forget about Starbucks coffee. If you're a Democrat, put down that Reese's Peanut Butter...


Premium Content Open primaries would benefit state GOP

 August 18, 2014; Updated: 8:47 am

While celebrating Tom Foley's victory in Tuesday's primary, Republican Chairman Jerry Labriola exuberantly predicted that "our base will turn out in big numbers this November to overturn Malloy and his failed economic policies."




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Consensus emerges on arming Ukraine

At the public kickoff of a discussion in Aspen, Colo. about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was "petting a dog and saying 'nice doggie' until you can...

Media decides which black deaths are news they can market well

It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called "Theater of the Absurd." These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work.



Anti-science strategy rallies ignorant

When I first encountered Neil deGrasse Tyson, I thought, "What a nice man." He was on the TV screens at New York's Hayden Planetarium, where he's director, urging us to behold the wonder of - to use the biblical term - the heavens.



To get it right, Obama must admit mistakes

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‘What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision."

These words, marrying petulance and implausibility, were spoken by President Barack Obama when he was asked, shortly after the...


Real cowboys don't summer out on Martha's Vineyard

For most people, summer is a treasured time to cool your heels in a cottage by a lake or in a hammock in the backyard. It's not so simple for politicians. For them, deciding when and where to vacation can be perilous. Repair to a beach on the...


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Premium Content Great community support for house fire victims

Recently our family found itself on the wrong side of a story on the evening news. Our home was severely damaged by fire,...

Premium Content Amistad deal a con?

Every time I read something about the Amistad I can't help but think Greg Belanger and his cook out smarted the state. Is...

Premium Content Groton job situation better than reported

Perspective was lacking from the article headlined, "With 4,000 Groton jobs lost, Economic Development Commission...

Premium Content Bring the Amistad home to Mystic Seaport

Almost 20 years ago while serving as a state representative, I had the privilege to work with Rep. William Dyson, House...

Premium Content Ground drones until privacy is ensured

I am a 14-year-old Star Scout from a Boy Scout Troop in eastern Connecticut. I am writing for my Communications Badge.


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Groton cleric reflects on generations of loss and dispossession

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A paragraph in Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh's commentary, "Collins column was maligning, misleading," (Aug. 8). was printed incorrectly. It should have...

Heather Somers' firm continues to expand

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Recently, I have read several interesting accounts about Hydrofera, LLC, which was started by Tom Rallo, Heather Somers and me in 1997 in...