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Jack’s journal: on the Appalachian Trail

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Editor’s note: In Tara Kelly’s “Consider This” column published March 10, titled “Helicopter Mom,” she described her anxiety in seeing her teenage son, Jack, go off with his buddy for a hike on the southern arm of the Appalachian Trail. She promised us that Jack would share his journal with us upon his return, in hopes that her worry would have been for naught. It apparently was, as evidenced below. Here is Jack’s condensed hiking journal, and it is just the tonic to prepare us all for some bracing spring walks, long or short, on the trail.
Day One, March 7, 2011

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The corruption of the education system

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This is the second of a two-part series. See the first part at tcextra.com or in last week’s paper.
The stress coming from all directions harms students in many ways. On top of school and all that applies to it, teenagers often are encouraged or forced to work a regular job. When students are not returning home until late in the evening or night, they run short on time to study or do homework. As a result, students must stay up late into the night, creating a common lack of proper sleep.

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When did the private sector become subservient to the public worker state?

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In response to Thomas Piels’ recent letter, “How about a level playing field,” it’s time to de-unionize Connecticut state government.

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The corruption of the education system

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This is the first of a two-part series. Conclusion next week.
I get a D-plus on a test. I’m initially very disappointed with the grade I have received. However, when I look around to see how my classmates have done, I find they each have performed poorly on this particular test as well. Suddenly that D-plus is OK.

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Consolidation would weaken agencies

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed a merger of five independent government “watchdog” agencies into a single super-sized agency to be called the Office of Government Accountability.
Every governor since William A. O’Neill has suggested similar, superficially appealing legislation. But when those bills were examined in public, they were defeated because they would create a more expensive bureaucracy, result in less rather than more transparency and accountability and effectively gut some of the best and most well-regarded government agencies.

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Time to get rid of Connecticut Siting Council?

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Nothing can wreck your day like the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC), that overarching entity with authority to run gas pipelines and high-tension corridors through our backyards, site cell towers where they don’t belong and humble once-mighty ridgelines with huge broadcast towers.
This council’s review is supposed to balance “public need” with “environmental compatibility,” but environment always seems to get short shrift, not to mention property values.

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Time to get rid of Connecticut Siting Council?

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Nothing can wreck your day like the Connecticut Siting Council (CSC), that overarching entity with authority to run gas pipelines and high-tension corridors through our backyards, site cell towers where they don’t belong and humble once-mighty ridgelines with huge broadcast towers.
This council’s review is supposed to balance “public need” with “environmental compatibility,” but environment always seems to get short shrift, not to mention property values.

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My changing world

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For Christmas my daughters gave me a jigsaw puzzle of the front page of The New York Times on the date of the famous “I Have a Dream” March on Washington (Aug. 28, 1963). I was proud of having gone on the march as a white person and proud of the subsequent Civil Rights Act of 1965, which I feel transformed our nation in great ways.

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My changing world: wise to be optimistic

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For Christmas my daughters gave me a jigsaw puzzle of the front page of The New York Times on the date of the famous “I Have a Dream” March on Washington (Aug. 28, 1963). I was proud of having gone on the march as a white person and proud of the subsequent Civil Rights Act of 1965, which I feel transformed our nation in great ways.

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A nation is born: dispatch from the Southern Sudan

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It’s not often that a new nation is founded as the result of a well-supported, peaceful and legal vote. Rarer still is having such an outcome after a protracted civil war.

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