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Getting the job done for students

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In his five years as superintendent of Hartford’s schools, all Steven Adamowski did was close bad schools, open small, specialized academies, institute longer school days, slash an expensive, unproductive bureaucracy, improve test scores, raise the high school graduation rate from an embarrassing 29 percent to 52 percent, put students in uniforms and fight with the teachers union.

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Getting the job done for students

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In his five years as superintendent of Hartford’s schools, all Steven Adamowski did was close bad schools, open small, specialized academies, institute longer school days, slash an expensive, unproductive bureaucracy, improve test scores, raise the high school graduation rate from an embarrassing 29 percent to 52 percent, put students in uniforms and fight with the teachers union.

Where redistricting meets ethics

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Does it bother you that a candidate for Congress has a role in changing the district in which he’s running?
It’s happening in the 5th Congressional District. The candidate is House Speaker Christopher Donovan, who got himself a seat on the Reapportionment Committee that will redraw the lines of the five districts to reflect the population shifts in the 2010 census.

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Where redistricting meets ethics

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Does it bother you that a candidate for Congress has a role in changing the district in which he’s running?

It’s happening in the 5th Congressional District. The candidate is House Speaker Christopher Donovan, who got himself a seat on the Reapportionment Committee that will redraw the lines of the five districts to reflect the population shifts in the 2010 census.

Introducing David Walker

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This year, the first baby boomers are celebrating their 65th birthday, and their generational birthday/retirement parties will continue until 2029 when the last of them, those born in 1964, reach 65. Seventy-six million in all.
There will be aging baby boomers around, devouring monthly Social Security checks and Medicare payments, if there still are such things, well into the second half of the century.

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A different take on Medicare, Social Security

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This year, the first baby boomers are celebrating their 65th birthday, and their generational birthday/retirement parties will continue until 2029 when the last of them, those born in 1964, reach 65. Seventy-six million in all.

There will be aging baby boomers around, devouring monthly Social Security checks and Medicare payments, if there still are such things, well into the second half of the century.

Trade union democracy

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I’m sure most Connecticut citizens believed that once an agreement was reached between the governor and the state employee unions, a majority would have ratified the generous offer that avoided layoffs, guaranteed jobs and balanced the state budget.

That’s understandable. The union’s leaders thought so too. If they hadn’t, they wouldn’t be talking about such drastic measures as a revote or a change in sacred union bylaws. The leaders have even announced they’re going to talk to the membership — a novel approach for them.

A better way to nominate a president

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We can assume there are bigger things ahead for Connecticut in the coming presidential campaign than Sarah Palin stopping for gas at a Sunoco station in Berlin on the way to somewhere else.

Short-lived try for transparency

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Transparency, we hardly knew ye.

Shortly after his inauguration on Jan. 5, Gov. Dannel Malloy issued his first executive order, calling for the establishment of an accurate and transparent accounting system for state government, just as he had promised in his campaign. There was no mistaking its importance to Malloy.

Do you remember your first vote?

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The first person I ever voted for, former Congressman Peter Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, died May 23 at the age of 95.
I don’t remember why I voted for him or who ran against him, but by all accounts, Frelinghuysen was a good choice. He was running for his first term then and he’d be re-elected for the next 20 years. His son occupies the seat now.
But then as now, being a Frelinghuysen in New Jersey was quite an advantage. He was a member of a political dynasty that produced, since the 1790s, four United States senators as well as the two House members.

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