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Names change, for better — or worse

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I’m sure you’ve heard the University of Connecticut and the Burton family of Greenwich are friends once more. The UConn football operation will keep the family’s $3 million donation and the Burton Family Football Center will keep its name.
You’ll recall Robert Burton, the family patriarch, had angrily sought a refund because he was unhappy with the selection of the new UConn football coach, a choice made without the proper input, as he saw it, from the generous Robert Burton.

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Win, one-term governor; lose, maybe a second term

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If Connecticut history is an accurate guide, Dannel Malloy declared himself a one-term governor when he presented the voters with a budget containing something to offend just about all of them.
It’s not easy to be a one-term governor; you have to do what you think is right, without regard for the consequences. This usually involves taxes, and proposing the highest tax increases in state history surely puts Malloy in the running. When he added give-backs from unionized state employees, thereby alienating his most potent support group, he’s looking like a sure thing.

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Win, one-term governor; lose, might just win a second term

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If Connecticut history is an accurate guide, Dannel Malloy declared himself a one-term governor when he presented the voters with a budget containing something to offend just about all of them.

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Can a lousy winter sap all sense?

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It must be the weather. The winter of 2010-11 has turned into the silly season in Connecticut politics, giving credence to the theory that extreme weather can cause a person to temporarily abandon his common sense. You could look it up.
To review: We have Sen. Richard Blumenthal indulging once again in an exaggeration of his personal history and his top aide compounding the felony by telling the person who reported it she’ll never work in this town again.

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Just change the name and let the taxpayers get the credit

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There was a time when public buildings at places like the University of Connecticut were named for people who had contributed something significant to the institution — and it didn’t have to be money.
The campus is dotted with aging buildings named for professors, who are always described as beloved; college presidents Albert Jorgensen and Homer Babbidge, who were around long enough to be remembered; and even the occasional politician like Ray Baldwin, the governor when Connecticut State College became the university in 1939.

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