PAUL CHOINIERE - RECENT COLUMNS

Connecticut GOP doomed by embracing all things Trump

Published: August 18, 2019 | Paul Choiniere

When new green card rules were announced, Connecticut Republicans, with their silence, appeared to acquiesce with the Trumpian approach, as they have consistently done during his administration.

What's Blumenthal so worked up about? Sunscreen.

Published: August 11, 2019 | Paul Choiniere

Common sunscreen components showed up in the blood after users were tested. But don't freak out just yet.

House Democrats are passing bills, blame Grim Reaper McConnell for gridlock

Some of the stuff Mitch McConnell has blocked is ridiculous, such as the “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act.”

A big election. No, not that one.

Local elections have always been the overlooked stepchild to the even-year elections that feature races for state and national offices. But the 2019 election will be operating in a particularly long shadow.

Community bears nuclear risk, should be heard on easing regulations

The government should not base its regulations on the assumption nuclear plants will be run by good actors. And reducing inspections and other requirements now seems like a particularly bad idea.

Toll calculus: Lamont can't figure it out

The governor is trying to convince reluctant Democratic lawmakers as to why tolls are the practical way to raise necessary transportation revenues. Good luck with that.

Some good news: Things aren’t so bad

Human nature being what it is, folks tend to think things have never been this bad when, in many ways, they have never been this good, at least globally speaking.

A workshop on surviving in the workplace, literally

In an active shooting event there are three options, we were told — run, hide or fight.

Needed outside review of New London schools has arrived

Having an outside, objective and credible agency conduct a thorough review is critically important if the public is going to have faith in the findings.

Economic expansion has been squandered

An expansion this long should have been an opportunity to grow the middle class, for families to build up financial cushions, and for the nation to begin cutting into the debt. None of that has happened.

Goat vs. Rat, the Great Early Voting Debate

Trying to make up your mind whether this early voting movement is a good thing? I turned to some comic strip characters.

Former New London superintendent explains why he hired Gaskin and others with criminal pasts

If you expect people to get back into civilian life there has to be a chance for them to redeem themselves, that they can get a job and earn a living.

New London Mayor Passero: Campaign money has to come from somewhere

New London's mayor says an overabudance of caution about accepting campaign donations could make it difficult to run for a political office. The thing is, he doesn't even need the money.

Eminent domain debate rejoined

It may take a compromise between an absolute ban on the use of eminent domain for economic development and instead restricting, but not prohibiting its use, to get a bill approved.

A big problem; a questionable solution

There are reasons Congress could not get the votes for a public option and why no other state has adopted the approach, though others are debating it as well.

New London mayor should return some donations

The mayor taking campaign donations from contractors doing business with his city is not illegal, but it sure doesn't look good.

Positive signs since New London's switch to mayoral government

By any measure, the city is in far better fiscal health since reintroduction of the mayoral system. An awful public housing project has closed. The grand list is growing.

Sorry, news gathering is not free

People may want their news free, but it is not free to gather. Journalists are professionals, their jobs challenging. And like any job, they deserve to get paid.

It's time for an online privacy law

Why have we allowed the internet to evolve as this largely unregulated domain? It is a mistake that needs correcting.

Ignoring the wars that others fight

"The wars are largely unwatched, uncriticized, unassessed and unexperienced outside of a small warrior caste," said a war correspondent during his talk to a foreign policy group last week.

Getting serious about closing education gap

Extreme dependence on property taxes gives two strikes against our urban centers, their schools and students.

30 years on, little has changed

Two major court cases in Connecticut that were supposed to fundamentally improve educational opportunities for poor city kids and the fate of neglected children have not had the desired results.

Nolan's 'Nothing' answer in New London debate was unacceptable and revealing

In answering he had nothing to say to frustrated Republicans in the 39th District he hopes to represent, Democratic candidate Anthony Nolan was suggesting they didn’t matter.