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Malloy simulates action, GOP simulates opposition

Governor Malloy’s strategy for re-election seems to be to pretend that Connecticut’s economy is improving so much that he can plaster the state with spending proposals and tax rebates — the supposedly popular things that were done by his predecessors in previous election years and brought state government to the desperate financial condition they bequeathed him.
But Connecticut’s mood is so sour because economic recovery here is only pretense, and there may be some political risk in telling people who are struggling that they are really doing well.

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Malloy simulates action, GOP simulates opposition

Governor Malloy’s strategy for re-election seems to be to pretend that Connecticut’s economy is improving so much that he can plaster the state with spending proposals and tax rebates — the supposedly popular things that were done by his predecessors in previous election years and brought state government to the desperate financial condition they bequeathed him.

But Connecticut’s mood is so sour because economic recovery here is only pretense, and there may be some political risk in telling people who are struggling that they are really doing well.

Is God indifferent to sports or a fan of cosmic justice?

Many cringes and laughs have resulted from the silly if guileless remark recently by one of the new assistant football coaches at the University of Connecticut. “Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle,” the assistant coach was quoted as saying. “If you want to be successful and you want to win — get championships — you better understand that this didn’t happen because of you. This happened because of our Lord and Savior.”

So is Christ really taking sides in every game now?

On guns, both sides guilty of pandering

Yes, Republican gubernatorial aspirant Tom Foley went too far the other night when, seeking the support of a gun rights group, he said he would veto any new state gun control legislation. While Connecticut’s gun laws are far more restrictive than those of most states, freezing public policy here makes no sense. No one can anticipate every eventuality with guns, violence, mental illness, and the social disintegration that is dragging Connecticut down.

King’s dream recalled, what do we do now?

Now that we’re past the 50th anniversary of the great civil rights March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s transcendent “I Have a Dream” speech there, and are ready to commemorate his 2014 birthday, how exactly, if at all, is public policy to respond to the continuing disadvantaged position of racial minorities?

Crime victims belong not only to a few, but to all

After months of contention, legislation and litigation, recordings of the telephone calls made to police during the massacre at the school in Newtown a year ago were released the other day at the order of the state Freedom of Information Commission and a Superior Court judge, and the sky did not fall.

Give Lapointe a new trial and better-informed jury

At last Richard Lapointe’s lawyers have produced a motion for a new trial that has enough substance to compel the attention of the state Supreme Court, which heard argument on it the other day.

No wonder Malloy won’t hold UConn to account

Despite the pounding he deservedly has taken for making an ethics accusation against Gov. Dannel Malloy that he couldn’t support, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley did the state a service the other day by recollecting that months ago the University of Connecticut Foundation financed some of the governor’s foreign travel.

Call secrecy ‘privacy’ and bid justice goodbye

Over the next six months a state government study committee will examine the conflict between integrity and secrecy in criminal justice, secrecy now being called “privacy.”

Zimmerman is no innocent, but ...

George Zimmerman is a bullying, bigoted ass who did exactly what police had told him not to do in performing neighborhood watch duty in Sanford, Fla. — confront people who seemed suspicious. But that alone isn’t a felony or even a misdemeanor.

Trayvon Martin is dead because of Zimmerman, who turns out to have been the “punk” he stereotyped Martin as being just for being a young black man wearing a hooded sweatshirt.