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THEIR VIEW: Ban on free expression at Olympics is shortsighted

Among the many inspiring displays at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington is a statue of U.S. Olympic athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos thrusting their clenched fists into the air as they received their…

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Sunday 01/19/2020
CHRIS POWELL: Tolls aren't really for transit
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [07:50 PM]

Columnist With Democratic state senators scrambling to assemble 18 votes to support imposing highway tolls on big trucks, their majority leader, Norwalk Sen. Bob Duff, declared at a forum last weekend that it’s “a big myth” that state government has…

Why the Supreme Court might intervene in the Senate trial
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [07:48 PM]

After its 2000 decision in Bush v. Gore, Justice David Souter reportedly “wept” when the role of the Supreme Court was raised in determining the outcome of the presidential election. The court continues to grapple with the legacy - and…

Russia's prime minister has just resigned, which means Putin has plans
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [07:46 PM]

In a surprise move, the Russian government headed by Dmitry Medvedev resigned Wednesday. Medvedev had served as prime minister since 2012 and had often been mentioned as a potential successor to President Vladimir Putin should he leave office in 2024,…

Friday 01/17/2020
It's not just older voters who are giving Biden the lead
icon Posted: 17 January 2020 [08:24 PM]

Conventional wisdom has emerged that former vice president Joe Biden’s lead with black voters is due in large part to older black voters who are familiar with the former lawmaker. Since he launched his campaign, multiple polls have regularly shown…

MLB commissioner's statement on Astros has one big omission
icon Posted: 17 January 2020 [08:23 PM]

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred’s long, forceful, impressively-first-person-authored statement on the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has roiled baseball this offseason mentions 14 specific human beings by name. Two of them are the reporters who broke the story in…

Monday 01/13/2020
The shortest world war in history is over
icon Posted: 13 January 2020 [08:18 PM]

Columnist Did you miss the news? I’m talking about the big war between the U.S. and Iran that Democrats and the liberal media were hoping and maybe even praying would explode in the Middle East this week and prevent the…

Why the public's hostility toward immigration runs so deep
icon Posted: 13 January 2020 [08:16 PM]

Public opinion about immigration is hard to understand. Americans express more favorable views toward immigration since Donald Trump was elected president. But these poll numbers come with several caveats. First, the surge in support for immigration might simply be a…

Friday 01/10/2020
Second Amendment 'sanctuaries' won't hold up in court
icon Posted: 10 January 2020 [07:34 PM]

Overblown alarm over reasonable gun-safety laws proposed in statehouses across the country has led to a movement by various local governments declaring themselves Second Amendment “sanctuaries” - vowing to establish local jurisdictions where state gun laws that they view as…

Teens are shunning cars
icon Posted: 10 January 2020 [07:30 PM]

The much-discussed collapse in teenage driving in the U.S. seems to have ended a few years ago. But the less-discussed recovery, which I wrote about last year, seems to be over, too. Newly released data from the Federal Highway Administration…

Thursday 01/09/2020
How many more illegals can Connecticut afford?
icon Posted: 09 January 2020 [08:15 PM]

Connecticut should welcome immigrants, Governor Lamont and the politically correct crowd at the state Capitol say, failing to distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants even as the state has ever-larger numbers of the latter. So it might have been fun…

Wednesday 01/08/2020
YOUR VIEW: Wonderful performance by orchestra
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:32 PM]

To The Editor: I attended an excellent concert on January 5 given by the New Britain Symphony Orchestra at the stately South Congregational - First Baptist Church in New Britain. The music was provided by a Brass Quintet consisting of…

YOUR VIEW: Kind strangers in New Britain
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:31 PM]

To The Editor: Just a note of thanks to the hospital staff, EMTs, police officers, the store clerk and a customer who were extremely kind and professional to this traveler. We were on our way to Ohio for the…

YOUR VIEW: Good column by Powell
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:30 PM]

To The Editor: Chris Powell, I very much enjoyed your column about Russian interference, etc. I think your opinions here are spot on, and a refreshing change from normal coverage. It’s sad, however, that you can’t distinguish between the national…

Tuesday 01/07/2020
GUEST COMMENTARY: The importance of a local newspaper
icon Posted: 07 January 2020 [08:11 PM]

The front page of the January 1, 2020 Herald was devoted to a poignant and thought provoking statement by the publisher of the goals and aspirations of our local newspaper. For those who didn’t see it, it should be…

Sunday 01/05/2020
More signs of decline in Connecticut
icon Posted: 05 January 2020 [09:16 PM]

Population growth may not be the perfect measure of a jurisdiction’s success - impoverished Bangladesh probably can do without any more people for a while - but some conclusions may be drawn from what the U.S. Census Bureau reported about…

Friday 01/03/2020
New Britain's 2020 goals are in sight
icon Posted: 03 January 2020 [07:27 PM]

As 2019 has come to a close and another year of projects, developments, and new initiatives come to fruition, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of my top goals for the New Year. While there are many…

If you really love books, you owe a debt to Sonny Mehta
icon Posted: 03 January 2020 [07:25 PM]

“I have always found comfort in the confines of a book or manuscript,” Sonny Mehta, the editor in chief of Alfred A. Knopf, said in 2018 as he accepted the Center for Fiction’s Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Lifetime Achievement.…

Thursday 01/02/2020
Democrats' indignation is phony
icon Posted: 02 January 2020 [07:05 PM]

Maybe the biggest irony arising from the impeachment of President Trump is the complaint made by Democrats that Russia “interfered” with the 2016 presidential election on behalf of Trump. There is little evidence of Russian interference and no evidence that…

Wednesday 01/01/2020
THEIR VIEW: Purging voters is not an answer to election fraud
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:35 PM]

Georgia struck almost 100,000 voters from its rolls. In Wisconsin, a state with only 3.3 million registered voters, perhaps 200,000 are set to be purged. Some of them might have moved out of their respective states or died. But…

Trump still uses his cell phone for official business, and that's a problem
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:33 PM]

By The Washington Post The Kremlin might know more about conversations between President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and others involved in the Ukraine gambit that led to Congress’ impeachment inquiry than congressional investigators themselves. The reason for this…

Electric cars still don't live up to the hype
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:30 PM]

With a new decade starting shortly, it’s time for conscientious columnists to undergo their self- administered decennial performance reviews. I’ll start - and try to keep it focused. For the past 10 years, I’ve waged a quixotic counteroffensive against electric-car…

The Supreme Court's past decade could be liberals' last gasp
icon Posted: 01 January 2020 [06:28 PM]

The 2010s will go down in history as a contradictory period at the Supreme Court. The decade featured one liberal decision - the gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges - that will be read as long as the justices’ opinions…

Tuesday 12/31/2019
Libya is at risk for becoming the site of a multinational war
icon Posted: 31 December 2019 [06:11 PM]

Libya, which has lived with civil war off and on since 2011, now is on the brink of joining Syria as the site of a major multinational conflict. On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he would ask…

Rudy Giuliani, Venezuela and the Logan Act
icon Posted: 31 December 2019 [06:10 PM]

At first glance, The Washington Post’s scoop about Rudy Giuliani’s maneuvering in Venezuela sounds pretty familiar: He pushed a foreign government to take specific action, even as his efforts were making U.S. government officials nervous and contradicted official U.S. policy.…

Monday 12/30/2019
It's colleges' job to educate our citizens
icon Posted: 30 December 2019 [08:28 PM]

The impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill have been a crash course on the inner workings of constitutional democracy. As historian and journalist Yoni Appelbaum said recently, impeachment is a constitutional mechanism with the words “break glass in case of emergency”…

Sunday 12/29/2019
THEIR VIEW: Suffering in Syria
icon Posted: 29 December 2019 [08:48 PM]

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies have for years pursued a bloody but systematic strategy for regaining control over rebel-held areas. The regime launches brutal assaults aimed at driving out civilians, deliberately bombing hospitals, schools and…

Christmas for Notre-Dame
icon Posted: 29 December 2019 [08:47 PM]

There will be no Christmas at Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral, the headlines read, the first such lapse in two centuries. In ordinary terms, that was not really news. Yawning holes in the roof still open the Gothic nave to winter rain…

This has been the decade of the billionaire victim
icon Posted: 29 December 2019 [08:46 PM]

The Washington Post In 2010, banks foreclosed on a more than a million homes. The jobless rate for the year hovered just under 10%. But billionaire investor Stephen Schwarzman knew who the real injured party was: the wealthy. When…

Evangelicals should thank Trump for protecting their religious freedoms
icon Posted: 29 December 2019 [08:44 PM]

Special To The Washington Post Evangelicals who minimize the importance of President Donald Trump’s judicial appointments betray a naivete about the perils to religious liberty in the United States, perils that have been growing over the past decade. Many people,…

Friday 12/27/2019
Have you lived, really lived, the 2010s?
icon Posted: 27 December 2019 [01:48 PM]

Cagle Cartoons Do I owe someone an apology for not taking a more active role in the iconic cultural, technological and political developments of the 2010s? I had good intentions of being a full participant in the decade; but other…

I opposed Trump's impeachment, but it happened
icon Posted: 27 December 2019 [01:47 PM]

Special to The Washington Post Last Saturday in West Palm Beach, Florida, in remarks to a group of young supporters, President Donald Trump road-tested a talking point that appeared to be aimed at changing the narrative around his December impeachment:…

YOUR VIEW: New Britain had a great year
icon Posted: 27 December 2019 [01:46 PM]

To the Editor: 2019 was a year of amazing transformation and successes for our community. Over the last year, more than a dozen new businesses opened in New Britain. A handful of others decided to expand their presence here in…

THEIR VIEW: The end of free trade?
icon Posted: 27 December 2019 [01:46 PM]

Editorial Momentous as it was, President Donald Trump’s impeachment on Dec. 18 might not go down in history as the most significant happening in the last month of the 21st century’s second decade. Rather, that honor might be shared among…

Thursday 12/26/2019
What Special Olympics athletes can teach us about healing divisions
icon Posted: 26 December 2019 [06:05 PM]

Special to The Washington Post We are a fractured nation. Television, politics, entertainment, business, sports and family tables all show that we are so deeply divided we’re giving up on each other. We no longer believe that the “others” who…

Why you need to worry about attacks on Obamacare
icon Posted: 26 December 2019 [06:04 PM]

Cagle Cartoons If you’re celebrating a recent federal appellate court ruling that overturned language in the Affordable Care Act requiring you to have health insurance or pay a penalty, you may want to put away the party favors. That’s because,…

YOUR VIEW: No to privatization of the VHA
icon Posted: 26 December 2019 [06:03 PM]

To The Editor: With regard to proposals for the privatization of Veterans Healthcare, I say no. Privatization of the VHA may seem to most a positive policy recommendation, but I am not convinced. According to the article, Value for Taxpayers…

Wednesday 12/25/2019
THEIR VIEW: Connecticut welcomes refugees
icon Posted: 25 December 2019 [07:25 PM]

We should not forget that this country was built by people from overseas seeking freedom from religious persecution. From the beginning, Americans’ culture, language, political and religious beliefs have differed, even as we always shared a common humanity. Three hundred…

THEIR VIEW: Air pollution cannot be ignored out of existence
icon Posted: 25 December 2019 [07:23 PM]

For years, air quality in the U.S. steadily improved. And just like that, deaths related to air pollution fell off too. However, in 2017 and 2018, new data show, the amount of fine-particle air pollution got worse, with concentrations rising…

Why the Iowa caucuses are so complicated
icon Posted: 25 December 2019 [07:22 PM]

By Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post In six weeks, Iowans will gather in schools, community centers and other locales to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee. The number of people who turn out for an evening to talk presidential politics…

Thank God for Christianity Today's actually evangelical message
icon Posted: 25 December 2019 [07:16 PM]

Special To The Washington Post The Christianity Today editorial supporting the removal from office of President Donald Trump is a remarkable and important document. It is also courageous. Widely read and widely respected, Christianity Today is thoughtful, its tone is…

Monday 12/23/2019
Looking at Republicans, female voters see angry, irrational white men
icon Posted: 23 December 2019 [02:00 PM]

The Washington Post Americans who listened to the speeches by House Republicans on Wednesday got an earful of crazy. They heard truly nutty and hysterical rants comparing impeachment to Pearl Harbor or insisting impeachment was less fair than the…

Political rhetoric speaks volumes about impeachment
icon Posted: 23 December 2019 [01:59 PM]

Cagle Cartoons If you observe politics the way I do – as one stares at a five-car pileup on the freeway – your gaping will always be rewarded. The House voted on Wednesday to impeach President Trump, but the rhetoric…

THEIR VIEW: End the crusade against Obamacare
icon Posted: 23 December 2019 [01:58 PM]

Editorial The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit had an opportunity to rebuke one of the most breathtaking instances of judicial activism in recent memory. On Wednesday, it whiffed. Since the collapse of repeal-and-replace, one could imagine that…

THEIR VIEW: A major victory for gun safety
icon Posted: 23 December 2019 [01:57 PM]

Editorial Scholars at the nonpartisan Rand Corp. last year published the findings of a two-year study that assessed available scientific evidence on the real effects of gun laws and policies. One of their biggest takeaways was that there was no…

Macron battles against boomers, pensions
icon Posted: 23 December 2019 [01:48 PM]

Bloomberg Opinion Emmanuel Macron is the first French president in a decade who isn’t a baby boomer, and it shows. The 41-year-old’s battle to reform France’s high-tax, high-spend economy is often fought in the name of generational equality - largely…

Sunday 12/22/2019
THEIR VIEW: Necessary and proper
icon Posted: 22 December 2019 [08:51 PM]

The House of Representatives’ impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday was proper and necessary. Trump withheld a White House meeting and U.S. military aid in an attempt to force Ukraine’s president to aid his reelection campaign. This was a…

Hearts, minds change on LGBTQ
icon Posted: 22 December 2019 [08:49 PM]

Two items in the news: The new prime minister of Finland was raised by two moms. The Hallmark Channel on Friday pulled an ad showing a lesbian wedding, buckling to pressure from a conservative group, then on Sunday restored the…