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Ten things I learned from selling my house

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 12:35 am

As I learned last year, selling a home, particularly one you've occupied for a long time in the process of raising a family, has its challenges. It's nothing that can't be handled if you plan ahead - way, way, ahead - lower your expectations...


State and Pfizer deal will develop local jobs

 April 13, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

Bravo to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his administration for staying committed to finding new uses for two vacant Pfizer buildings in Groton. As a result of the months of negotiations between the administration and pharmaceutical giant, a deal was...


Finizio's padded budget would jack up NL taxes

 April 8, 2014; Updated: 3:41 pm

Count me among the fortunate. My New London property value dropped more than 30 percent in the recent revaluation and insulated me from Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio's proposed tax increase. While my taxes will only increase $11, anyone unlucky...


North Stonington Selectman Bob Testa says he's seeking hard facts, not hard feelings

 April 6, 2014; Updated: 12:15 am

Concerning the March 30 front-page article, "Tempers raging on North Stonington Board of Selectmen," a little perspective is in order.
Most people would agree that there are differences of opinion...


Setting record straight on tribal casino safety

 April 3, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

David Collins' March 26 column, "Good times for bad guys at Connecticut casinos" - regarding state police presence at the two casinos owned by Mohegan and Mashantucket tribal governments - was misleading and the record needs to be set...


One person, one vote. What is wrong with that idea?

 March 30, 2014; Updated: 1:26 pm

Correction: A previous version of this guest opinion incorrectly stated that Connecticut has 8 Electoral Votes. That has been corrected.
Connecticut should join popular vote...


Weller criticism unfair and contradictory

 March 25, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

The editorial published March 22, "Mitchell's Wise Choice," spoke for many in greeting Janet Steinmayer, the new president of Mitchell College, and in acknowledging the accomplishments of Mary Ellen Jukoski during her presidency. I wish them both...


Proposal balances public access, victim privacy

 March 18, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

Our creators, the General Assembly, burdened us with an awkward title and an improbable mission. We were the "Task Force to Consider the Balance between Victim Privacy under the Freedom of Information Act and the Public's Right to Know," told to...


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 March 16, 2014; Updated: 12:29 pm

The sweeping bow-shaped design of the planned National Coast Guard Museum is a tribute to New London's rich maritime heritage. Its proposed location on the waterfront is a celebration of New London's critical role in shaping the nation's nautical...


Premium Content Everyone has a role to play in addressing domestic violence

 March 16, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

I continue to be amazed by the pervasiveness of domestic violence in our American culture. It is overwhelming and shocking to know that one in every four women will experience some form of domestic violence. Children who witness violence between...


Premium Content State shouldn't hinder policing by hiking cost of resident troopers

 March 16, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

One of top legislative priorities of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns is maintaining the viability of the Resident State Trooper Program.

For more than 60 years, the Resident State Trooper Program has been a strong state-local...


Gambling with lives

 March 16, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

It is ironic that March is National Problem Gambling Awareness month. It is the same month several huge sporting events take place: March Madness for college basketball, Frozen Four for college hockey, Nascar and Major League Soccer. Many a...


It's time for Republicans to return to their core beliefs

 March 9, 2014; Updated: 12:26 am

To paraphrase Lewis Carroll: "If you don't know where you're going, any road will lead you there."

The Republican Party, as it continues to tumble down a rabbit hole, is proving the "Alice in Wonderland" author's point.

The party is...


High hopes: For all the talk of a new vision for New London, there is no plan, little leadership

 March 9, 2014; Updated: 1:28 am

I had such high hopes, I really did. When New London decided to convert to a strong mayor form of government, I was sure that a corner had been turned, that this form of governance would permit a true leader to articulate a vision for...


Denial of facts not a healthy mindset

 March 4, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

The Congressional Budget Office, the non-partisan agency of Congress, has projected that administration policies will impede future job growth, a real embarrassment for Democrats - and a crushing disappointment for 10 million unemployed Americans...


Many people support the aid-in-dying bill

 March 4, 2014; Updated: 11:42 pm

In his March 2 commentary condemning proposed bill HB 5326, An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill, Day Editorial Page Editor Paul Choiniere makes a number of assertions that should be examined.

He incorrectly states the bill...


This dream is a nightmare: Proposed Coast Guard Museum runs contrary to well-thought-out land use plans, common sense

 March 2, 2014; Updated: 1:27 am

The proponents of the National Coast Guard Museum - which should more aptly be called the "Glass Monstrosity" - are driving a political steamroller that attempts to foist a building upon the New London waterfront that will defile the railroad...


Connecticut's keno retreat a hopeful step away from gambling expansion

 March 2, 2014; Updated: 1:25 am

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state legislative leaders finally bowed to public pressure this month and began a hasty retreat on keno, the bingo-like gambling game legalized last year but not yet implemented.

The Democratic-controlled...


Solid steps are needed to reduce poverty in America

 March 1, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

A recent editorial in The Day - "Make affordable housing a priority," Feb. 23 - called on the towns of southeastern Connecticut to step up to the plate and increase their stock of affordable housing, an important goal that would allow more people...


New London board's good reasons for change

 February 25, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

As a longtime observer of New London Public Schools and a former New London resident, I felt compelled to respond to the guest commentary from William White, which I believe was well intentioned but way off the mark ("New London's misguided...


Clouds over the 'China Dream'

 February 23, 2014; Updated: 12:30 am

China's president, Xi Jinping, uses the phrase "China Dream" to describe his nation's aspirations for world leadership and prosperity. Last spring, I visited China for several weeks and had the opportunity to observe some of the challenges the...


Russia sees Arctic promise, so must U.S.

 February 23, 2014; Updated: 4:46 pm

The Arctic remains an overlooked foreign policy priority and missed national security opportunity.

While typically labeled as a challenge, the Arctic should be viewed as a strategic opportunity for security, business, and travel interests.


Free these nurses to improve care

 February 19, 2014; Updated: 5:33 pm

The aptly named bill, "To Improve Health Care Access," would do just that by allowing advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), also commonly known as nurse practitioners (NP) or clinical nurse specialists (CNS), to practice alone, ending the...


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