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Opinion archive

Letters to the Editor, Opinion columns, Editorials

Showing 6/6/2021 to 2/7/2021

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How to ‘build back better’ health habits after the pandemic year

The U.S. is in far different shape today than it was a year ago, and many Americans are, too.... (Read more)

6 / 6 / 2021

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The next pandemic is already happening – targeted disease surveillance can help prevent it

As more and more people around the world are getting vaccinated, one can almost hear the collective sigh of... (Read more)

6 / 3 / 2021

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Some coastal areas are more prone to devastating hurricanes – a meteorologist explains why

  Every coastline in the North Atlantic is vulnerable to tropical storms, but some areas are more susceptible to... (Read more)

5 / 30 / 2021

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Six tips for socializing after you’ve been vaccinated

Now that I’m fully vaccinated against COVID-19, I’ve started socializing again. While from the outside I’m sure these interactions seem pleasant... (Read more)

5 / 28 / 2021

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Do you really need to drink 8 glasses of water a day? An exercise scientist explains why your kidneys say ‘no’

The warmer weather and longer days have inspired reminders to “stay hydrated” and drink eight glasses of water –... (Read more)

5 / 26 / 2021

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US approves its first big offshore wind farm, near Martha’s Vineyard – it’s a breakthrough for the industry

The United States’ offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia.... (Read more)

5 / 22 / 2021

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The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the SolarWinds hack were all but inevitable – why national cyber defense is a ‘wicked’ problem

  Takeaways: There are no easy solutions to shoring up U.S. national cyber defenses. Software supply chains and private... (Read more)

5 / 15 / 2021

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Can schools require COVID-19 vaccines for students now that Pfizer’s shot is authorized for kids 12 and up?

With the first COVID-19 vaccine now authorized for adolescents, ages 12 and up, a big question looms: Will students... (Read more)

5 / 12 / 2021

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It’s Norwalk Restaurant Week

One of my favorite things about Norwalk is the many, diverse restaurants we have. Our city knows good food.... (Read more)

5 / 4 / 2021

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How many Tyrannosaurus rex walked the Earth?

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea During 2.4 million years of... (Read more)

5 / 1 / 2021

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Biden gives Congress his vision to ‘win the 21st century’ – scholars react

President Joe Biden spoke to Congress April 28, 2021, with a historic duo flanking him: two women, one of... (Read more)

4 / 29 / 2021

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The other George Floyd story: How media freedom led to conviction in his killer’s trial

  When 17-year-old Darnella Frazier started recording video of Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin murdering George Floyd, she initiated a... (Read more)

4 / 26 / 2021

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Why this trial was different: Experts react to guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin

Scholars analyze the guilty verdicts handed down to former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the 2020 murder of... (Read more)

4 / 21 / 2021

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Chauvin verdict shows police officers everywhere that there are consequences for actions

Today’s guilty verdict confirms what we have known for nearly a year: Derek Chauvin’s actions were criminal and he... (Read more)

4 / 20 / 2021

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Infrastructure? Or jobs? Controversy over name of Biden proposal highlights long tradition in politics

President Joe Biden caught flak this month when he released his infrastructure plan and named it the American Jobs... (Read more)

4 / 19 / 2021

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Sea level rise is killing trees along the Atlantic coast, creating ‘ghost forests’ that are visible from space

Trekking out to my research sites near North Carolina’s Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, I slog through knee-deep water... (Read more)

4 / 17 / 2021

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Long live the monarchy! British royals tend to survive a full three decades longer than their subjects

In the U.K. it is customary to receive a personalized message from the queen on your 100th birthday –... (Read more)

4 / 17 / 2021

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Are mass shootings an American epidemic?

  The U.S. has suffered yet another mass shooting, with a deadly attack in a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.... (Read more)

4 / 16 / 2021

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Norwalk BET’s ‘0%’ funding for NPS will create a fiscally irresponsible ‘cliff’

We are greatly concerned by the recommendation last night to hold the Norwalk Public Schools budget to a zero... (Read more)

4 / 7 / 2021

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Could a catastrophic blackout like the one in Texas happen in Connecticut?

Residents of Texas are still reeling after two winter storms and freezing temperatures swept through the state. These storms... (Read more)

3 / 27 / 2021

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I denounce these heinous acts

The senseless murders of eight innocent people in Georgia last week were tragic. I offer my deepest condolences to... (Read more)

3 / 24 / 2021

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Connecticut must go big to rescue small business and safeguard rainy day fund

Alex Knopp was Norwalk’s Mayor from 2001 to 2005 and a Norwalk State Representative from 1987 to 2001. He’s... (Read more)

3 / 21 / 2021

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Covering all the biases

There has been a lot of loose talk lately about bias in the media. I’m a proud member of... (Read more)

3 / 21 / 2021

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How effective is the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine?

As the COVID-19 vaccines reach more people across the country, some people have asked: Could we delay the second... (Read more)

3 / 20 / 2021

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Leaving the Norwalk Board of Education, after making significant progress

It has been an honor to serve on the Norwalk Board of Education and celebrate and support the success... (Read more)

3 / 11 / 2021

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Approved city budget will require tough choices for NPS

This week, the Common Council voted 10-5 to approve a budget cap for the 2021-22 city-wide budget that was... (Read more)

2 / 25 / 2021

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NPS responds to Common Council statements

The Board of Education and Norwalk Public Schools would like to address incorrect information that was presented at Thursday’s... (Read more)

2 / 20 / 2021

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City should fund our 4.6% operating budget increase request

In January, the Board of Education approved the Superintendent’s 2021-22 Operating Budget request. At the time the Board was... (Read more)

2 / 14 / 2021

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Norwalk CFO draws wrong conclusions from dive into NPS data

The Board of Education Executive Team and the Superintendent of Schools wish to provide context and clarity on several... (Read more)

2 / 10 / 2021

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Why COVID-19 won’t kill cities

Editor’s note: For those of you who live in cities, ask yourself: What it is about your urban lifestyle... (Read more)

2 / 7 / 2021

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