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Premium Content Malloy-Jepsen vs. Amistad pirates: The pirates are winning

 July 23, 2014; Updated: 12:21 am

It is troubling that so many state bureaucrats and lawmakers keep focusing on an audit of Amistad America, the former nonprofit that kept taking state money for years, right through this spring, without filing income tax returns.Yes,...


Premium Content Whale-watching on the Charles W. Morgan

 July 12, 2014; Updated: 2:11 pm

The excitement on deck of the big whaling ship was palpable Saturday as some of the whales first came into sight, doing the things whales do: breaching, spouting, spouting quite loudly, actually, feeding, mouths open, and showing a lot of whale tail.


Premium Content Malloy's outrage over Amistad slow in coming

 July 11, 2014; Updated: 3:40 pm

I was startled to read Gov. Dannel Malloy's huffing, angry letter to Amistad America Thursday, threatening to "reconsider support of additional state funding."Malloy said it is "wholly unacceptable" for Amistad to not come to New London's...


Premium Content At Westerly McDonald's, it's hold the napkins

 July 9, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

There are many more important things in the world to worry about than the availability of paper napkins at fast-food restaurants.And take this as fair warning: Now is a good time to move on to all those other important things, which you...


Premium Content Susan Herbst's $251,000 date with Hillary Clinton

 July 4, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

I have had a few friendly disagreements with Hillary Clinton supporters since The Washington Post broke the news this week that she was paid $251,000 for an April appearance at the University of Connecticut.I was chastised by these Clinton...


Premium Content Gov. Malloy: Seize the Amistad

 July 2, 2014; Updated: 2:00 am

You have to wonder when the administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy will finally do something to save the Amistad, which has come to be a symbol of the dysfunction of Connecticut government.


Premium Content Does Seaside have a new patron?

 June 29, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

It is beginning to look like mutual fund mogul Charles Royce, whose $140 million Ocean House in Watch Hill is Westerly's largest taxpayer, may be riding in to save Seaside in Waterford.A suggestion that Royce may be involved in developing...


Premium Content New Bedford eager to give the Charles W. Morgan a warm welcome

 June 25, 2014; Updated: 1:24 am

Some people from Mystic Seaport planning the homecoming visit of the Charles W. Morgan to its longtime homeport of New Bedford have joked about the notion that the city might close the gates to a huge hurricane barrier that can seal off...


Premium Content Charles W. Morgan is home

 June 25, 2014; Updated: 7:08 pm

There were a lot of superlatives to consider in the historic homecoming to New Bedford Wednesday of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan.


Premium Content Let the Elks roam to the Lighthouse Inn

 June 22, 2014; Updated: 11:16 pm

I floated, back in September 2013, an idea for reopening New London's Lighthouse Inn that at the time probably seemed a little far-fetched.The idea came from members of the New London Lodge of Elks, who suggested they might be willing to...


Premium Content Disenfranchising New London voters

 June 20, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

It's been a while since New London Mayor Daryl Finizio appeared in public wearing his knitted Everlast hat, to hide what he said then was a boxing bruise. But, based on some things he's been saying lately, I wonder if there could have been a new...


Premium Content If Malloy were to move to Stonington ...

 June 18, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

It seems like we have seen a lot of Gov. Dannel Malloy here in eastern Connecticut lately.I had chalked this up to election-year politics that generally make candidates touch the geographic bases around a big state like...


Premium Content Morgan tugging on the lines

 May 30, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

I am sure I am not alone in savoring the pleasure of having a genuine whaling ship tied up on New London's waterfront again.Charles W. Morgan looks, if I could imagine a ship to have feelings, happy, too, tucked in at City Pier, in...


Premium Content More Malloy Administration mismanagement

 May 28, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

In a state that strikes me these days as poorly managed, no longer the reliable old Connecticut of steady habits and solid government, the case of the abandoned Seaside buildings in Waterford strikes me as a good example of how badly things have...


Premium Content A success from the ashes of eminent domain

 May 25, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

A Hispanic Baptist church in New London may be one of the few winners to have come out of the destruction of Fort Trumbull by eminent domain.And, curiously, the church's success in the wake of the taking and demolition of its Fort Trumbull...


Premium Content Homeless man describes assaults (VIDEO)

 May 21, 2014; Updated: 12:43 am


Premium Content Picking a senator for the 20th

 May 18, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

I am sure many of Andrea Stillman's constituents will miss her steady presence in the state Senate seat for the 20th District, a big swath of eastern Connecticut west of the Thames River.One bright consequence of her decision to step down...


Premium Content Garde school would enliven the region's downtown

 May 16, 2014; Updated: 12:43 am

On a tour this week of the rambling holdings of the Garde Arts Center, a full block, Executive Director Steve Sigel noted that plans for the New London Magnet School for Visual and Performing Arts will help cement the notion of the...


Premium Content The Whaling City will whale it up for the Morgan

 May 11, 2014; Updated: 9:36 am

In the broad brush of New London history, 1959 might seem like just yesterday. That was when the Jibboom Club, a fraternity of men from New London County who made a living from the sea, finally disbanded.Many had once served on whaling...


Premium Content Obama has been good for the sub business

 May 9, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

Certainly there are stocks you could have bought when President Obama moved into the White House that would have made you more money than General Dynamics.But there are also many more that would not have done as well.The General...


Premium Content Coast Guard Museum clears some regulatory hurdles

 May 7, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

I know some people are still skeptical about the location of the National Coast Guard Museum, in part because of worries about the permits required to build something so big on such a small lot, so close to the water.Maybe that's why Adm.


Premium Content Will Malloy fade away like Amistad?

 May 4, 2014; Updated: 12:08 am

The good news is that Amistad, the schooner built in Mystic, largely with millions of state of Connecticut money, looks good.


Premium Content It's a homecoming

 May 2, 2014; Updated: 12:50 am

In a lobby space of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, under two enormous whale skeletons that dominate the big space, is an electronic countdown board for the visit this summer by Mystic Seaport’s whaling ship Charles W. Morgan.


Premium Content Some questions for L+M executives

 April 30, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

Maybe Lawrence + Memorial President Bruce D. Cummings has a good idea in inviting some friends in for private chats to talk about what the hospital's been up to lately.It's not that hospital executives don't appreciate all the news...


Premium Content Save Seaside

 April 27, 2014; Updated: 11:55 pm

I will admit to being a bit of a romantic when it comes to old buildings.And of course we all know romanticism can quickly overwhelm common sense when it comes to a lot of things, especially a daunting task of historic renovation.On...


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