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Strengthening FOI law must go beyond guns

The Chris Powell Column

Now the campaign to outlaw gun ownership is turning to publicizing the names and addresses of gun license holders. The other day a newspaper in New York posted on its Internet site a map pinpointing local gun license holders, and in Connecticut the House chairman of the General Assembly’s Public Safety Committee, state Rep. Stephen D. Dargan, D-West Haven, proposes to repeal the exemption in the state’s freedom-of-information law to make gun licenses here public records too.

State’s economic disaster only worse for being bipartisan

Maybe every governor thinks he’s going to be different. Certainly Gov. Dannel Malloy did during his campaign two years ago and his first few months in office, what with his criticism of the financial legerdemain and dishonesty on which his recent predecessors had relied. Malloy pledged to stop that stuff by following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. But Connecticut’s economic collapse, precipitated by those predecessors, turned out to be too overwhelming.

State’s economic disaster only worse for being bipartisan

Maybe every governor thinks he’s going to be different. Certainly Gov. Dannel Malloy did during his campaign two years ago and his first few months in office, what with his criticism of the financial legerdemain and dishonesty on which his recent predecessors had relied. Malloy pledged to stop that stuff by following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. But Connecticut’s economic collapse, precipitated by those predecessors, turned out to be too overwhelming.

How could the family work without live-in Grammy?

Most people cringe at the thought of living with their mother-in-law. But when my father-in law died so soon after Donna and I were married, we cringed at the thought of Wendy living alone.

Maybe she didn’t cringe at it; maybe she relished the idea of having to herself at last the one little bathroom in that tiny house in Naugatuck. Maybe we clinched it when she realized that even with us she could have her own bathroom.

She lived with us for 24 years. What was it like?

How could the family work without live-in Grammy?

The Chris Powell Column

Most people cringe at the thought of living with their mother-in-law. But when my father-in law died so soon after Donna and I were married, we cringed at the thought of Wendy living alone.

Maybe she didn’t cringe at it; maybe she relished the idea of having to herself at last the one little bathroom in that tiny house in Naugatuck. Maybe we clinched it when she realized that even with us she could have her own bathroom.

She lived with us for 24 years. What was it like?

McGovern’s legacy better than many say

Former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, who died recently, is being remembered for the most crushing loss in a presidential election, his defeat in 1972 by Richard Nixon, and for having pushed the Democratic Party toward a silly system of racial, ethnic, and gender quotas, becoming the father of political correctness.

McGovern was far from a perfect politician but this is unfair.

McGovern was better

The Chris Powell Column

Former South Dakota Sen. George McGovern, who died recently, is being remembered for the most crushing loss in a presidential election, his defeat in 1972 by Richard Nixon, and for having pushed the Democratic Party toward a silly system of racial, ethnic, and gender quotas, becoming the father of political correctness.

McGovern was far from a perfect politician but this is unfair.

Forced into the open, McMahon is defensive

The Chris Powell Column

On appearances Democratic Senate candidate Chris Murphy has won his debates with Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon because of his familiarity with issues, his being specific and his greater articulateness. Despite her constant references to her “six-point jobs plan,” McMahon has no command of specifics and defaults to complaining generally about the “failed policies” of the national Democratic administration and about Murphy’s having been late with rent and mortgage payments five years ago. McMahon has tired and lost focus toward the end of the debates.

McMahon defensive; pledge and patriotism

The Chris Powell Column

On appearances Democratic Senate candidate Chris Murphy has won his debates with Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon because of his familiarity with issues, his being specific and his greater articulateness. Despite her constant references to her “six-point jobs plan,” McMahon has no command of specifics and defaults to complaining generally about the “failed policies” of the national Democratic administration and about Murphy’s having been late with rent and mortgage payments five years ago. McMahon has tired and lost focus toward the end of the debates.

Forget early release; the problem is any release

The Chris Powell Column

As they ar­gue over the new program by which prisoners involved with rehabilitative pursuits earn reductions in their sentences, state officials keep missing the point.

Yes, two prisoners who received credits toward early release were charged soon after their release with the murder of store clerks during robberies in Meriden and East Hartford. But the prisoners had not received much time off their sentences and, assuming their new guilt, it’s hard to imagine that their serving a little more prison time would have changed their behavior once released.