President Unpredictable prepares to take the oath

Consistency is overrated. It’s so 1950s. The game has changed. The point now is to command attention.

Find ways to fix, not kill, the VA system

Rather than create more of a mess by scrapping the VA altogether, what we really need is to tap the nation’s best organizational minds for ideas to truly reform the VA.

Hanging out down South with the amiable

I’m an accidental Democrat anyway, only because my grandma was one.

Nixon's dirtiest trick helped win presidency

Evidence of Nixon's efforts to sabotage the Vietnam peace talks and thus frustrate President Johnson’s 11th-hour attempt to help Hubert Humphrey’s election surfaced many years after his presidency.

That tide in the affairs of men

'Now I’m just a tired old liberal and I know very well that you cannot expect people to speak their lines like characters in a play you’ve imagined in your mind.'

Awful start to 2017 for House Republicans

It makes sense for the House to institute an ethics process serious enough so that when something goes wrong the majority party can claim to have dealt with it openly and forthrightly.

2016 wasn't the worst year ever

To be sure, 2016 was pretty rotten, but by no means the worst year in history, not even recent U.S. history. Surely we can individually and collectively strive to make 2017 as painless as possible, no?

A useless, empty ‘witness’ to Syrian slaughter

President Barack Obama speaks of the need to “bear witness” to injustice. He did little else for Aleppo.

Old, yes, but Biden and Brown ideas relevant for Democrats

Biden and Brown offer instructive examples for their down-and-out party. Other than President Barack Obama, no Democrat offers a more compelling message and record than these two.

Holiday jobs were harder to come by

Traditional youth holiday job opportunities are increasingly being automated.Boosting minimum wage for entry level jobs is making things worse.


Do modern politics jeopardize Rockwell's cherished 'Four Freedoms'

Whereas FDR – and Rockwell, his interpreter – fashioned the “Freedoms” as an argument for civilized democracy, today these ideals have been twisted as a justification for demagoguery, discrimination, and fear-mongering.

Time for some Trump critics to grow up

Boycotting Trump’s inauguration and holding protests outside his hotel is childish and accomplishes nothing.

Town official sees first responders in action, saving him

Difficult discussions most continue on spending priorities, but that won't diminish what we know to be true: Our first responders are professional, effective, and have excellent leadership.

Human toll of state budget cuts

The state wants to deceive us into thinking that these cuts and privatization are changes that will actually benefit our loved ones. Do not take us for fools.

Somers is ready to work together

"I saw and heard a willingness from Democrats and Republicans to work together to begin pulling our state out of this budgetary mess."

Post Obama: Racial reconciliation work remains

The election of the nation’s first African-American president led to expectations that America would put its ugly racial past behind it and move forward into a more racially sensitive and tolerant future.

Tiny house ties to a simpler past and future

Forty years later I am still searching for the comfort and safety of small spaces and nooks.

How to remember, how to atone, how to forgive

German city confronts its terrible past and the result for a local Jewish leader is a lesson in atonement and forgiveness.

Stop insulting swamps, we all need them

This is as good a time as any to clarify what swamps actually are and why they should be regarded as wonderful and valuable parts of nature

Undermining newspapers not good for democracy

Without local newspapers to keep them honest, most, if not all, of the decisions made by municipal leaders would be kept entirely out of the public eye.


Journalism: The eyes, ears and nose of democracy

Every shadow of doubt cast on alleged facts is a reason to slow down before publishing. But the raison d'être of a free press in a democracy is...

Trump's populist vision lacking in clarity

The new president's populist, isolationist, and infrastructure building plans don't connect with the Republican Party on whose ticket he ran.

Trump completes shocking rise to presidency

Trump’s simply stated promise to “Make America great again” captured a core and enthusiastic constituency that provided the...


Millennials confront harsh political reality

When it comes to politics, we — or at least the majority of us who are left-of-center — have been spoiled to the hilt.

New York's 'free college' experiment should be closely watched

While free tuition is not free college (don’t forget fees and room and board), Cuomo’s plan is a dangerous step, not just for already...

A bridge to a vibrant downtown New London

The pedestrian bridge planned to provide access to the Coast Guard Museum would engage visitors who know face frustration in getting to their...