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Mark Chapman opinion

  • Opinion: A poetic Norwalk tale

    NORWALK, Conn. – It’s election season. Lots of big things are happening in Norwalk, and lots of little things, too. A guy can’t even get hit with an egg around here without everyone scrambling to make it a hard-boiled political battle. With that in mind, we offer a little levity for your Sunday reading pleasure…

  • Opinion: Information is power, but silence is a strategy

    NORWALK, Conn. – “What they don’t know won’t hurt them” is an old saying, and it couldn’t be more wrong. Information, and education, equal power. The more people know, the more they can make informed decisions, decisions that will have an impact on their lives and the lives of others when it comes to the…

  • Opinion: A shot from a gun, or from the lip – race relations require understanding, not grandstanding

    Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart trying to define pornography: “I know it when I see it” (Jacobellis v. Ohio, 1964). NORWALK, Conn. – How do you define racism? Does racist behavior mean someone is a racist? Is racism always something tangible, like, well, pornography? Is it hoods and sheets, torches and nooses, “Colored Bathroom” signs?…

  • Opinion: Voters should educate themselves before election day

    NORWALK, Conn. – You reap what you sow. I don’t usually quote the Bible; technically, this is paraphrasing, and I am really quoting so many other people who have used this tough-love, “it’s your own damn fault” response to whining about the best laid plans going off the rails: You reap what you sow. Nowhere…

  • Editorial: Walking a fine line between civility and suppression

    NORWALK, Conn. – NancyOnNorwalk needs to clamp down on its commenters. That was the premise of a Letter to the Editor from frequent flier Peter I. Berman, former college professor, former adviser in the Gov. John Rowland administration, former Norwalk mayoral candidate and current gadfly.

  • Editorial: Sticks and stones and hypocrisy

    (Updated 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, to remove unrelated story from the end of the file. And thank you to the anonymous person who alerted us to its presence.) NORWALK – Sometimes I think it would be fun to do a Jon Stewart-like weekly video wrap-up of Norwalk politics. For those you not familiar with…

  • A lighter look: Branjolina, Bennifer … Woccia?

    By Nancy Chapman and Mark Chapman NORWALK, Conn. – Bromance is in the air. Should we call it Moatts? Woccia? Waccia? How about it, Norwalk? A NancyOnNorwalk poll? It has been on display lately in the Common Council chambers. The odd couple – Republican Mayor Richard Moccia and Councilman David Watts (D-District A) – seem…