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Opinion archive

Letters to the Editor, Opinion columns, Editorials

Showing 11/30/2021 to 8/11/2021

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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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The ocean is full of tiny plastic particles – we found a way to track them with satellites

Plastic is the most common type of debris floating in the world’s oceans. Waves and sunlight break much of... (Read more)

8 / 30 / 2021

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Far more adults don’t want children than previously thought

  Fertility rates in the United States have plunged to record lows, and this could be related to the... (Read more)

8 / 28 / 2021

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What is ISIS-K? Two terrorism experts on the group behind the deadly Kabul airport attack and its rivalry with the Taliban

An attack on a crowd gathered outside Kabul’s airport Thursday has left at least 60 people dead, including at... (Read more)

8 / 27 / 2021

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While debate rages over glyphosate-based herbicides, farmers are spraying them all over the world

As North America enters its peak summer growing season, gardeners are planting and weeding, and groundskeepers are mowing parks... (Read more)

8 / 26 / 2021

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What is Pegasus? A cybersecurity expert explains how the spyware invades phones and what it does when it gets in

End-to-end encryption is technology that scrambles messages on your phone and unscrambles them only on the recipients’ phones, which... (Read more)

8 / 24 / 2021

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Taking a break

Folks, it’s not obvious yet but I’m on vacation. I’m still posting things but soon we’ll be shutting off... (Read more)

8 / 24 / 2021

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Biden made the right call

The images coming out of Afghanistan are heartbreaking, but the rapid takeover by the Taliban is not a reason... (Read more)

8 / 19 / 2021

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The Taliban are megarich – here’s where they get the money they use to wage war in Afghanistan

This article was originally published on Dec. 8, 2020. The Taliban militants of Afghanistan have grown richer and more... (Read more)

8 / 17 / 2021

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Time to combine Planning and Zoning Commissions

Following the recommendation of Norwalk’s new Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), the Ordinance Committee of the Common Council... (Read more)

8 / 17 / 2021

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As Afghanistan falls, what does it mean for the Middle East?

  In the 19th century, the phrase “The Great Game” was used to describe competition for power and influence... (Read more)

8 / 16 / 2021

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Complicity and silence around sexual harassment are common – Cuomo and his protectors were a textbook example

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation came after more than a week of bad news, starting with a damning... (Read more)

8 / 12 / 2021

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Why refusing the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t just immoral – it’s ‘un-American’

  Decades ago I helped organize a conference that brought together vaccine skeptics and public health officials. The debate... (Read more)

8 / 11 / 2021

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