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Opinion archive

Letters to the Editor, Opinion columns, Editorials

Showing 8/24/2021 to 5/4/2021

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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What are COVID-19 variants and how can you stay safe as they spread? A doctor answers 5 questions

With the delta variant making up over 93% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. at the end of July... (Read more)

8 / 11 / 2021

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Should fully immunized people wear masks indoors? An infectious disease physician weighs in

With the highly infectious delta coronavirus variant spreading at an alarming rate, the World Health Organization in late June... (Read more)

7 / 27 / 2021

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We need to act now to make sure more people are vaccinated this fall

It has been more than two months since the State of Connecticut lifted virtually all mandates related to the... (Read more)

7 / 25 / 2021

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Lawsuits over bans on teaching critical race theory are coming – here’s what won’t work, and what might

As states and school districts started threatening teachers with disciplinary action for teaching about systemic racism, the question naturally... (Read more)

7 / 25 / 2021

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How effective is the first shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine? (Part II)

Maybe you’ve postponed your second COVID-19 vaccine appointment, whether because of scheduling hassles or general reluctance. But how safe... (Read more)

7 / 20 / 2021

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Crime as political campaign fodder; misinformation, too.

From all appearances it seems that crime politics have returned to center stage in our state for the first... (Read more)

7 / 18 / 2021

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Critical race theory: What it is and what it isn’t

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana sent a letter to fellow Republicans on June 24, 2021, stating: “As Republicans,... (Read more)

7 / 16 / 2021

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Extend the Governor’s emergency powers to defeat the COVID pandemic

Alex Knopp served two terms as Mayor of Norwalk (2001-05) and eight terms as Norwalk State Representative (1987-2001). He... (Read more)

7 / 14 / 2021

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Trump can’t beat Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in court – but the fight might be worth more than a win

From condo salesman to reality TV host to leader of the free world, Donald Trump has occupied several lifetimes’... (Read more)

7 / 13 / 2021

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The neuroscience behind why your brain may need time to adjust to ‘un-social distancing’

With COVID-19 vaccines working and restrictions lifting across the country, it’s finally time for those now vaccinated who’ve been... (Read more)

7 / 5 / 2021

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The ethical questions raised by COVID-19 vaccines: 5 essential reads

The U.S. is edging closer by the day to seeing half of its population fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Although... (Read more)

7 / 3 / 2021

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Millions are rejecting one of humanity’s best weapons for saving lives: Vaccines

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by employees at a Houston hospital who did not want to... (Read more)

6 / 28 / 2021

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Nurturing dads raise emotionally intelligent kids – helping make society more respectful and equitable

When my oldest son, now nearly 13, was born in July of 2008, I thought I could easily balance... (Read more)

6 / 19 / 2021

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Tracey Cubs participate in service learning projects

The Norwalk Board of Education is proud to recognize Tracey Elementary School students for leaving their PRINT on the... (Read more)

6 / 19 / 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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