THE DAY’S OPINION

Trump's snicker politics confront a new reality

How elected officials behave, how powerful men treat women, and how those in public life react to allegations against others in power are part of the new playbook.

Can't ignore deficit when restoring Medicare Savings Program

By national standards, Connecticut’s program is generous. Some changes to cut its costs may be in order. But the cuts passed in the most recent budget went too deep.

Finding the best fit for running Stonington

Stonington’s soon-to-be-seated charter commission should be allowed to do its due diligence and study a variety of forms of alternative governments.

Overcoming negative perceptions in New London

Overcoming negative perceptions and addressing factors that may have contributed to the recent spate of violent behavior is the challenge that confronts city leaders and its advocates.

Theodore Bodenwein, publisher of The Day from 1891 to 1939

“The newspaper should be more than a business enterprise. It should also be the champion and protector of the public interest and defender of the people’s rights.”

- Theodore Bodenwein

CARTOONS

YOUR LETTERS

Close votes and school costs in North Stonington

The legislative body of North Stonington voted "no" to the Board of Education budget, yet the same budget, with no changes will find itself before the voters again Dec. 18. I have heard many reasons for this − lack of communication with...

So many questions concerning East Lyme-Old Lyme police merger proposal

The article “Old Lyme police union raises concerns over potential East Lyme merger,” (Dec. 8), reminded me...

Odd politics in Groton backing tax break for Odd Fellows

In 1893 the General Assembly granted the Odd Fellows a tax exemption provided the organization’s value did not exceed $100,000. The exemption was increased in 2012 to $25 million by former Senator Andy Maynard after expansion...

Sacrificing one's soul to achieve one's goals

I read with interest the article, “In backing Moore, Republicans are failing the moral test,” (Dec. 10). It often...

New London lets taxable property slip by

Since 2006 I have suggested that all nonprofits, such as the hospital (in the example below), receive a tax bill. There are many refrigerators in service at the hospital and, while the ones that only hold medicine are tax...

Franken resignation shows double standard

It doesn't matter which side of the aisle you sit on to recognize that Senator Al Franken took one for the team. The sacrificial lamb so to speak. Too bad we lost a good senator. I'm not defending abuse of any kind to anyone, but if there wasn't...

Franken party switch

Headline, “Franken to quit Senate but says GOP tolerates sex harassment,” (Dec. 8). If he REALLY believes that,...

Flynn's behavior suggests a deeper conspiracy

General Flynn lied to the FBI about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak, as he has now admitted in a plea agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But an odd thing remains unexplained.  Flynn, as an...

Inviting democracy's demise lie by lie

Poor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, denied credit for baking a pie by those nasty people in the Washington Press Corps! However trivial this particular issue is, the larger issue of Sanders' credibility remains. What can one think of a presidential...

What was policy backing permanent library cuts in Ledyard?

In October Ledyard, like other Connecticut towns and cities, used temporary budget cuts to resolve the crisis brought on by the state which first delayed and then reduced funds allocated to the town. The distribution of these cuts across town...

Feeling blue about bowwow named Bauer

It’s Christmas and a time to be filled with joy. However, I’m upset about a senior dog left at the Waterford Humane Society that’s been there since this past July. His name is Bauer, and he’s seven-plus years old.

Trump team may be guilty of treason

With this new turn of events in the Russian investigation and Michael Flynn's pleading guilty, it should now turn into a treason inquiry, including President Donald Trump, Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Vice President Mike Pence,...

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COLUMNS

Columnist Catherine Rampell

A feast for regulatory parasites

"The amount of complexity they're adding is staggering, just unbelievably staggering," fumes the usually mild-mannered Steven M. Rosenthal, a tax attorney and senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.

Columnist Cal Thomas

Trump's accomplishments obscured by distractions

Unemployment is at its lowest level since 2000. It is also at a 17-year low for African-Americans, and it has dropped for all other major racial and ethnic groups.

Columnist Richard Cohen

Cable TV president and his monitor

The Times interviewed 60 advisers, associates, friends and members of Congress for the article and reports that Trump spends four to eight hours a day watching cable news.

OP-ED

Europe’s liberal order confronts Trump’s nationalism

President Trump and his far-right counterparts across the Atlantic have clung to the issues the new French president dodges, namely narrow visions of identity and the siren song of nationalism.

In backing Moore, Republicans are failing the moral test

Many in Republican Party and Christian community are about to sell their collective souls for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

GUEST COMMENTARIES

Reflections on Newtown, five years later

Newtown isn’t the same. I’m not the same. And I doubt you’re the same. But five years later, we keep going.

UPS and Pfizer's dirty little secret

Pfizer investors may want to know why the corporation is using their money in a manner that may reduce the company's profitability.

The quest for collusion is over as the desperate shriek for impeachment begins

Mueller's team has made a number of consequential findings, but none of them establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia