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No other way to handle Guantanamo now

Insight

As Robert Redford pointed out in a recent interview on public TV, “Attorney General Eric Holder knows full well that in reversing his position on Guantanamo he and the Obama administration are yielding to a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution.”
That is undoubtedly true. Nearly 400 years of legal precedent holds that the right of due process and the writ of habeas corpus (appeal to the courts of law to challenge detention) are inviolable, irrespective of whether the prisoner is held by the state at home or abroad.

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There should be no free ride at Region One

Guest Commentary

The following is edited from the statement read and submitted to the Region One Board of Education at a special meeting March 24, 2011:
I voted no to pay raises and contract extensions for the Region One superintendent and assistant superintendent because these top administrators — whose combined salaries and benefits of almost $300,000 represent close to 2 percent of the regional budget — should be held accountable for their share of responsibility for the recent major eruptions and resulting disharmony at our high school.

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Signs of the Season

Nature's Notebook

Well it’s finally here. After a cold snowy winter, the signs of warmer weather and green surroundings are upon us. Don’t get me wrong; I like winter, and this last one was one of the best I can remember in a long time. OK, I hear you grumbling, but you have to admit that there is something beautiful and peaceful about our hills covered in snow, the shadowy blue tinge of the farm fields with their wind-swept drifts and our streams with water just barely visible through the extended banks of snow and ice.

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Budget cuts

Editorial Cartoon

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Turning Back The Pages 4-14

Turning Back The Pages

75 years ago — April 1936
Reflections of the Season (editorial): Spring appears to have been postponed on account of the weather.
TACONIC — Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Bloomer are driving a new car.
SHARON — Ralph Knibloe was here from New York to spend the weekend with his parents.

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Celebrate young children this week

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

“The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people’s children.”
— Marian Wright Edelman (American activist, b. 1939)
While the Northwest Corner trends toward some of the most mature demographics in Connecticut, there are also, of course, families with children living here. There are good reasons why these families choose to live in a relatively isolated, rural area like this one, despite the challenges of expensive and sparse housing and a generally high cost of living.

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Turkey trot

Nature's Notebook

‘To every thing there is a season’
I heard a chorus of wood frogs over the weekend, resounding from the wetlands along Sand Road in North Canaan on Sunday afternoon. I thought the weather was still too cool during the rain on Friday, but apparently love stirs even the coldest-blooded creatures and the great amphibian migration is on.

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Suffragette’s notebook shows struggle

The Chris Powell Column

Having elected two women governors, including the first elected without following her husband in office, and being largely indifferent politically to gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation, Connecticut seems to have lost appreciation for the country’s first great civil rights movement — the movement for women’s suffrage.
But maybe that will change a little with the discovery by Connecticut’s League of Women Voters of a notebook compiled in the summer of 1918 by a suffragette, Gladys Bragdon, recording her interviews with state legislators about granting women the right to vote.

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What hospital CEOs are really worth: a world health viewpoint

Insight

To one who spent some 30 years in international health work, including planning for development of primary health care, clinics and hospitals in foreign countries, it still came as something of a shock to read Jim Dwyer’s report, “Immune to Cuts: Lofty Salaries at U.S. Hospitals” (New York Times, March 16, 2011).
It appears that at major U.S. city hospitals, kept afloat by taxpayer public financing, top executives are paid millions of dollars, even as the hospital teeters on the brink of disaster, or as in the case of venerable Saint Vincent’s in Manhattan, it goes belly up.

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Ugh. Pols following Bieber?

If You Ask Me
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With the election 20 months away, predicting is perilous, but it’s still a pretty good bet that the next senator from Connecticut will be Congressman Chris Murphy.
Just weeks after announcing he’s running for what’s nearly a lifetime job in this state — Chris Dodd did 30 years, Joe Lieberman will have put in 24 — Murphy has won the endorsement of just about every Democrat who counts, except the governor, who’s presumably too busy for such frivolity.

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