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Letters to the Editor, Opinion columns, Editorials

Showing 5/14/2022 to 12/12/2021

Why is there still no free Wi-Fi on Metro-North?

Airplanes have Wifi.  Even Connecticut’s  CTfastrak commuter bus system from New Britain to Hartford gives its passengers free Wifi.   Commuter... (Read more)

5 / 14 / 2022

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Be aware on the highway, save lives

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and with the unofficial start of travel season here, and in light of... (Read more)

5 / 9 / 2022

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A critical health issue: high school start times

 This article was written for the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, known as CABE, in the fall of... (Read more)

5 / 5 / 2022

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Abortion right guaranteed by Roe will be replaced by state power if the Supreme Court adopts the leaked Alito opinion

Draft opinions circulated among Supreme Court justices are meant to allow for deliberation and editing before a final version... (Read more)

5 / 4 / 2022

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Ban foreign money from Connecticut referenda

Could Connecticut become the next front in Vladimir Putin’s war against Western Democracies? Just imagine this headline: “PUTIN’S OLIGARCHS... (Read more)

5 / 3 / 2022

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Why they de-electrified the Danbury branch

It was a huge mistake, one that commuters and planners have regretted for over 60 years.  For it was... (Read more)

4 / 16 / 2022

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Ukrainian teens’ voices from the middle of war: ‘You begin to appreciate what was common and boring for you’

A colleague from Kyiv, Ukraine, whom I’ll call N.M., sent me brief essays her students wrote on what they... (Read more)

4 / 10 / 2022

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Recognizing Autism Acceptance Month

To bring acceptance to the unique perspectives of people with Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder, the Norwalk Board of... (Read more)

4 / 2 / 2022

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Norwalk Community College will build second campus at SoNo Collection ***

Editor’s note: This story was published on April 1, known to many as April Fools Day… NORWALK, Conn. —... (Read more)

4 / 1 / 2022

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School safety requires ongoing investment

On Tuesday March 15, Mayor Harry Rilling submitted his FY23 Capital Budget Recommendation in alignment with the City charter.... (Read more)

3 / 27 / 2022

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Middle school sports

The Norwalk Board of Education is proud to celebrate the return of middle school sports programs throughout the district.... (Read more)

3 / 19 / 2022

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Can wealthy nations stop buying Russian oil?

One option the U.S. and other nations have for ratcheting up pressure on Russia in response to its invasion... (Read more)

3 / 4 / 2022

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Beyond NATO, new alliances could defend democracy and counter Putin

Russian aggression toward Ukraine continues. The nations of the world, and their current alliances, have so far proved ineffective... (Read more)

2 / 27 / 2022

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Americans are returning to the labor force at a quickening rate – do they just really need the work?

The U.S. economy surprised analysts by adding 467,000 jobs in January, overcoming omicron concerns and continuing a long streak... (Read more)

2 / 22 / 2022

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Education budget built on best practices

Every industry focused on excellence is focused on identifying and replicating best practices. The best practices I know most... (Read more)

2 / 17 / 2022

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Schools budget represents an investment in the future, not an expense

Last week, nine Norwalk students represented their peers in a conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona.... (Read more)

2 / 5 / 2022

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Black History Month

The Norwalk Board of Education is proud to recognize Black History Month at Norwalk Public Schools. Throughout the month,... (Read more)

2 / 5 / 2022

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Mentors supporting Norwalk students

In recognition of National Mentoring Month, the Norwalk Board of Education is proud to recognize Norwalk mentors for their... (Read more)

1 / 23 / 2022

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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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