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Opinion

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Your App, Yourself

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When the developer of a new smartphone application says it has aspects that are “a bit creepy,’’ we sit up and take notice. And so …

On Mountain Day, Students Bond With a Peak Experience

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It happens once a year, and with only a couple of minor breaks, has been happening for over 150 years. It’s Mountain Day at Colby-Sawyer …

Column: Caught on Tape: The Weakness of Regulators

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Probably most people would agree that the people paid by the U.S. government to regulate Wall Street have had their difficulties. Most people would probably also agree on two reasons those difficulties seem only to be growing: an ever-more complex financial system that regulators must have explained to …

Column: Honor Great Women and Inspire Girls With a History Museum

Saturday, September 27, 2014

On the evening of April 26, 1777, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the daughter of a respected militia colonel, jumped on her horse and rode from her family’s home in Patterson, N.Y., to warn of an impending attack by the British. Ludington rode 40 miles in a rainstorm over muddy …

Forum, Sept. 27: End the Education Dept.: Co-op Worker Policies; What Were They Thinking?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

End the Federal Education Dept. To the Editor: A Democrat Party political advertisement claims that, among other things, Republican Congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia wants to abolish the federal Department of Education. I would ask voters to answer three questions before accepting that claim as a negative towards Garcia. …

Editorial: Rockefellers Divest From Oil

Friday, September 26, 2014

It took Richard Nixon to go to China to reset U.S.-China relations. And it took big institutional investors to pull their dollars to change South Africa in the 1980s and Big Tobacco in the 1990s. Now will the Rockefeller family’s decision to divest their charity of fossil fuels …

Column: Archbishop’s Appointment Sends a Message

Friday, September 26, 2014

Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich as the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that. Cupich, now the bishop of Spokane, has …

Column: An Honest Movie About a Choice

Friday, September 26, 2014

When thinking about your plans for this weekend, I urge you to check out the Hopkins Center for the Arts for its showing of Obvious Child, a film offering a refreshing change from the usual action-movie fare — and one that is challenging how the entertainment industry approaches …

Column: In Germany, Workers Have a Voice and the Economy Is Good

Friday, September 26, 2014

If you live in an advanced economy — in Western Europe, Japan or the United States — odds are you’re in a funk. Unless you live in Germany. This month, the Pew Research Center released the results of polling it conducted in 44 nations — 10 of them …

Forum, Sept. 26: Hartford Track; What Shaheen Stands For; Don’t Hit People

Friday, September 26, 2014

Track for a Healthier Hartford To the Editor: Here are some reasons why I hope you will support the Hartford High School track bond. 1. Hartford High School receives tuition students from other towns. To ensure that parents and students choose Hartford, we need superior facilities. Facilities that …

Column: Goodell Has Fumbled Too Many Chances

Thursday, September 25, 2014

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s first public attempt to address the domestic abuse scandal involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice could be judged a success — but only by comparison to former President Richard Nixon’s I-am-not-a-crook …

Editorial: Fairness and Service Dogs

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Every social advance seems to bring with it its own set of complications. Staff writer Maggie Cassidy explored one such source of perplexity Sunday in an article that described the proliferation of service dogs employed by people with disabilities. By federal definition, service dogs are those “that are …