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The Chris Powell Column

A dopehead on the job, and dopiness at UConn

Congratulations to state government on a rare triumph of public administration, the dismissal of a maintenance worker at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington who was caught smoking marijuana on the job in 2012.

State govt.’s duplicity fails to save hospitals

Connecticut’s hospital problem has just bounced back into state government’s lap now that Tenet Healthcare Corp. has withdrawn its applications to purchase Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Bristol Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital.

State govt.’s duplicity fails to save hospitals

Connecticut’s hospital problem has just bounced back into state government’s lap now that Tenet Healthcare Corp. has withdrawn its applications to purchase Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Bristol Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital.

State govt.’s duplicity fails to save hospitals

Connecticut’s hospital problem has just bounced back into state government’s lap now that Tenet Healthcare Corp. has withdrawn its applications to purchase Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Bristol Hospital, Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital.

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Gag order canceled, but ignorance remains policy

No ruder blow against liberty has been struck in Connecticut in modern times than the one struck the other day by Superior Court Judge Steven Frazzini when he ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to publish a report about a child-custody case.

Gag order canceled, but ignorance remains policy

No ruder blow against liberty has been struck in Connecticut in modern times than the one struck the other day by Superior Court Judge Steven Frazzini when he ordered the Connecticut Law Tribune not to publish a report about a child-custody case.

The wrong study asks the wrong questions

Answers are determined by questions, and with great flourish the General Assembly has appointed a special committee of 15 worthy citizens to ask the wrong questions. That is, the committee is to study Connecticut’s tax structure — “to develop revenue-neutral policy options to modernize the current tax system, with the goals of increasing the system’s simplicity, fairness, economic competitiveness, and affordability.”

Budget chief confesses nothing was fixed

With the election safely out of the way by a couple of weeks and Governor Malloy and the Democratic administration returned to power, it has been disclosed that the state budget is facing a deficit of about $100 million and state budget director Ben Barnes has remarked that state government seems to be in “a period of permanent fiscal crisis.” Many items in the budget will have to be cut at the governor’s discretion where the law allows.

Connecticut’s worst pious fraud: education

As the recent campaign for governor and the General Assembly demonstrated, government and politics in Connecticut are full of pious frauds. 

Gun control makes suburbanites who were already safe feel safer while doing nothing for Connecticut’s cities, which experience a handgun murder almost every day. 

Nader: No excuses — you have the power

Running for president two years ago, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul was said to occupy the “whiplash point” on the political spectrum, uniting the libertarian right with the anti-war left. Paul has retired from politics, but Winsted’s Ralph Nader, 80, while two years older than Paul, is still going strong, and his new book envisions a potential political majority arising from the seeming opposites that Paul attracted.