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Premium Content Pre-K is a good use for that surplus

 April 18, 2014; Updated: 12:12 am

With dozens of states having launched or expanded early childhood education for its neediest three- and four-year-olds, the pre-kindergarten plans proposed by the governor and now by legislative leaders are as welcome as they are...


Premium Content Groton must address fire district crisis

 April 17, 2014; Updated: 11:45 pm

If the lavish 10-year contract with its firefighters' union stands, it is hard to see how taxpayers in Groton's Poquonnock Bridge Fire District can afford to continue paying for the operation of the fire service.

The fire district board...


Premium Content Hardly hearing

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 10:54 pm

The purpose of holding public hearings is to hear from the public. It would logically follow that, if the people send a clear message, their leaders should act accordingly.

This is not what happened in Stonington.

Last week residents...


Premium Content Veto vendor change

 April 16, 2014; Updated: 10:56 pm

It remains baffling why the Montville Town Council, or at least its Democratic members, feels compelled to dramatically alter the town's vendor ordinance. If there was a groundswell of support to make things easier for vendors peddling cheap...


Premium Content This Rand-Montville deal makes sense

 April 15, 2014; Updated: 12:06 am

It is understandable why the good people of Montville might get queasy over the prospects of the town entering a deal with the Rand-Whitney Containerboard paper-mill company concerning the treatment of wastewater. The last time the town entered...




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Obama setting limits on Ukraine response

As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin's Russia than it does to the United States or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for...


A scapegoat for a feckless wizard

Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically...


Wall Street wonders not helping Main Street

We're giving huge sums to the financial industry while receiving little or nothing in return.

Four years ago Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, abruptly canceled America's biggest and arguably most important infrastructure project,...


Warning signs in China

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China's financial markets seem to be signaling trouble, as a government crackdown on corruption and loose credit begins to bite and jittery local investors scramble for safety.

China remains an opaque country, and even the most...


Women, get loud! Keep pushing for equal pay

Gentlemen, raise a glass to Equal Pay Day. You've won again. You are still making about 25 percent more than the woman next to you who is pushing the same pencil, tapping the same computer keys, devising the same software or screwing in the same...


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Premium Content Control medical errors, not citizens' firearms

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine reported up to 98,000 people die per year because of mistakes in hospitals. The...

Premium Content Missing page deserved more media attention

Did anyone know that when our Heath and Human Resources Director Katherine Sebelius had a ceremony to celebrate her...

Premium Content TV hospital advertising doesn't make sense

In our household we watch primarily PBS and get local news from the major networks and, of course, enjoy University of...

Premium Content Don't turn a blind eye to domestic violence

Two years ago my brother-in-law and his girlfriend were brutally murdered. It is frightening to see how violence seems to...

Premium Content Stop tolerating bully in Groton schools

The Groton Schools are doing a poor job of protecting our children from bullies. After several complaints about one child...


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Ten things I learned from selling my house

As I learned last year, selling a home, particularly one you've occupied for a long time in the process of raising a family, has its challenges.


State and Pfizer deal will develop local jobs

Bravo to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his administration for staying committed to finding new uses for two vacant Pfizer buildings in Groton. As a...


Finizio's padded budget would jack up NL taxes

Count me among the fortunate. My New London property value dropped more than 30 percent in the recent revaluation and insulated me from Mayor...