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Rules of tenure should change

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Teachers have become convenient targets for the frustrations felt by taxpayers as it becomes more and more evident that taxes will be rising once the state budget is finalized in Hartford. Because of strong unions and a well-defined system of seniority and remuneration based on education and experience, public-school teachers have maintained their salary and benefit levels through the recession. This, of course, while others in the private sector have seen their own salaries and benefits diminish, or lost their jobs altogether.

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Don’t diminish government oversight

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Consolidating five state agencies to save money may seem like a fine idea on the surface. It must cost less and be more efficient to have one larger umbrella agency instead of five smaller ones, right? This is the proposal Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has made as one of his budget-cutting measures, but it’s one that is receiving a lot of criticism, for good reason.

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Know what your government is doing

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Sunshine Week, which is March 13 to 19, may seem like a contrived and perhaps meaningless non-event to many who believe their lives are not directly affected by the fight to make and keep government and its many agencies transparent. It even sounds a little bit benign, doesn’t it? A week of sunshine certainly would be welcome after a very cloudy winter.

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It’s your money, so get involved

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It’s budget time. Some years, that statement is one that gets too little attention, whether on the federal, state, city or town levels. This year, however, all strata of budgets are commanding attention, riveting citizens, and of course public employees, as perhaps never before.

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A budget no one loves is probably a good one

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It is hard to imagine Connecticut citizens becoming so disenchanted with state finances that they would storm the Capitol in Hartford, like they’re doing in Wisconsin right now. But there’s a good chance people from opposing political camps will find many things to dislike about Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget. As the saying goes, if no one is satisfied with the proposal, it’s probably a good one.

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Black history is American history

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You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
    — Malcolm X, “Malcolm X Speaks,” 1965

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Curbing the costs of home sweet home

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Affordable housing. It’s a touchy subject. Just look at the controversy surrounding the subject in the village of Millerton, where a proposed affordable housing development has been mired in a thicket of unmet deadlines, empty escrow accounts, half-finished reviews, unfulfilled grant requirements and an outraged community. At the end of it all sits an empty lot seven years in the making.

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What will be the unkindest cut of all?

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With the unveiling of Connecticut’s state budget this week, one thing is sure: There are now plenty of unhappy recipients of fewer state dollars. It’s also pretty sure that all those at the wrong end of the budgetary knife strongly believe theirs is the one and only entity that must retain its funding. It’s everyone else who’s squandering the state’s money, not them.

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Question brings life to important program

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Are You Okay? It’s a question asked millions of times by millions of people every day. It’s also the name of a program that could very easily save your life.

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So long, Q103, and thanks

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The loss of a local media outlet is to be mourned at any time. The health of any community depends on a steady flow of good information going out to its residents, whether on the airwaves, on paper, online or by satellite or cable TV. However, in this day of dwindling small-market, independent media, it is particularly difficult for communities to accept such a local closure, especially when an outlet has been a part of the local psyche for years.

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