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Opinion archive

Letters to the Editor, Opinion columns, Editorials

Showing 1/17/2022 to 8/31/2021

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How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home

On July 2, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. stood behind President Lyndon Baines Johnson as the Texan signed into... (Read more)

1 / 17 / 2022

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Were these highway barriers a sound expense?

Building and maintaining our highways is expensive.  But here’s a quiz question:  on Interstates 95 and 84, what costs... (Read more)

1 / 13 / 2022

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Sound (barrier) arguments? Not so much.

Jim Cameron makes some interesting arguments against sound barriers.  It is a shame that most of his assertions are factually... (Read more)

1 / 13 / 2022

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A Non-Norwalk photo #1

I’m out of practice with snow! I was at my Mother’s house last week when a freak storm came... (Read more)

1 / 10 / 2022

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Opinion: Predictions for 2022

Huh? A year ago I seriously was hoping, even expecting, that the pandemic would be over by now.  I... (Read more)

1 / 1 / 2022

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An e-mail exchange to remember

Over the year, we receive many emails and comments from readers, some complimentary, some not-so-complimentary, some downright nasty. As... (Read more)

12 / 30 / 2021

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How effective are vaccines against omicron? An epidemiologist answers 6 questions

The pandemic has brought many tricky terms and ideas from epidemiology into everyone’s lives. Two particularly complicated concepts are... (Read more)

12 / 28 / 2021

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‘Twas the night before Christmas’ helped make the modern Santa – and led to a literary whodunit

The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known by its opening line “‘Twas the Night before Christmas,” has... (Read more)

12 / 25 / 2021

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Why spending $2 trillion on child care, health care and fighting climate change won’t make inflation any worse than it already is

One of the main concerns raised by critics of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan is that it... (Read more)

12 / 22 / 2021

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Manchin killed Build Back Better over inflation concerns – an economist explains why the $2 trillion bill would be unlikely to drive up prices

One of Sen. Joe Manchin’s main concerns in deciding to pull his support for President Joe Biden’s Build Back... (Read more)

12 / 21 / 2021

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How Christmas became an American holiday tradition, with a Santa Claus, gifts and a tree

Each season, the celebration of Christmas has religious leaders and conservatives publicly complaining about the commercialization of the holiday... (Read more)

12 / 19 / 2021

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Why is inflation so high? Is it bad? An economist answers 3 questions about soaring consumer prices

Consumer prices jumped 6.8% in November 2021 from a year earlier – the fastest rate of increase since 1982,... (Read more)

12 / 12 / 2021

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#Giving NEWS Day – Are you with us?

Unless you live totally off the grid, you’ve probably received at least one or two appeals for #GivingTuesday (what... (Read more)

11 / 30 / 2021

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The first Thanksgiving is a key chapter in America’s origin story – but what happened in Virginia four months later mattered much more

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in New England. Remembered and retold as an allegory... (Read more)

11 / 25 / 2021

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The metamorphosis of Connecticut’s transportation network is underway

Don’t look now, but we’re making history.  The changing forces now at work in our society, including our transportation... (Read more)

11 / 23 / 2021

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National Native American Heritage Month

The Norwalk Board of Education is proud to recognize November as National Native American Heritage Month. National Native American... (Read more)

11 / 21 / 2021

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A veteran’s odyssey after hanging up the uniform in an America he doesn’t recognize

Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending... (Read more)

11 / 11 / 2021

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$1.2T infrastructure plan offers lucrative target for fraud

Lawmakers passed the US$1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Nov. 5, 2021, with negotiations still ongoing over Democrats’ $1.75... (Read more)

11 / 11 / 2021

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What Big Oil knew about climate change, in its own words

Four years ago, I traveled around America, visiting historical archives. I was looking for documents that might reveal the... (Read more)

11 / 7 / 2021

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Why taxing US billionaires’ wealth – as Biden tried to do – will never work

The speed with which a tax on billionaires came and went as a means to pay for President Joe... (Read more)

11 / 5 / 2021

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We aren’t in this for the money

Dear Readers, Today we launch our annual year-end fundraiser, with help from NewsMatch. This year, NewsMatch will only match... (Read more)

10 / 31 / 2021

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The biggest nonprofit media outlets are thriving but smaller ones may not survive

Richard Tofel, ProPublica’s president and founding general manager, likes to say the U.S. nonprofit news site was “born on... (Read more)

10 / 17 / 2021

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ADHD is a serious disorder, but there’s hope

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is more than the child who cannot sit still in his seat or remember... (Read more)

10 / 6 / 2021

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A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city and everyone in it – possibly inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom

As the inhabitants of an ancient Middle Eastern city now called Tall el-Hammam went about their daily business one... (Read more)

9 / 25 / 2021

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Columbus Magnet School student Skye Martin named a National Invention Convention winner

The Norwalk Board of Education is proud to recognize Columbus Magnet School Student Skye Martin for having placed first... (Read more)

9 / 18 / 2021

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A volcanic eruption 39 million years ago buried a forest in Peru – now the petrified trees are revealing South America’s primeval history

In the hills outside the small village of Sexi, Peru, a fossil forest holds secrets about South America’s past... (Read more)

9 / 5 / 2021

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Danish children struggle to learn their vowel-filled language – and this changes how adult Danes interact

Denmark is a rich country with an extensive welfare system and strong education. Yet surprisingly, Danish children have trouble... (Read more)

9 / 3 / 2021

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Melting Mongolian ice reveals fragile artifacts that provide clues about how past people lived

In the world’s high mountain regions, life needs ice. From the Rockies to the Himalayas, glaciers and other accumulations... (Read more)

9 / 2 / 2021

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Dinosaurs were already in decline before the asteroid wiped them out – new research

Some 66 million years ago, on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico, a 12 kilometre-wide asteroid crashes to Earth. The impact... (Read more)

9 / 1 / 2021

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Global evidence links rise in extreme precipitation to human-driven climate change

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Human activities, such as burning... (Read more)

8 / 31 / 2021

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