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Malloy feeds machine: Who has a better idea?

The Chris Powell Column

Grouse at Gov. Malloy all you want, but during the election campaign, as the Democratic nominee, he said he would raise taxes even as his Republican opponent pledged not to. At budget briefings last week, the governor and his staff outlined how he proposes to give Connecticut what it voted for: big income, sales and gasoline tax increases.

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Names change, for better — or worse

If You Ask Me

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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Time to get rid of Connecticut Siting Council?

Guest Commentary

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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Turning Back The Pages 3-3

Turning Back the Pages

75 years ago —1936
SALISBURY — Rose Dempsey has been confined to her home the past week with the grippe.
LAKEVILLE — Mrs. George Washington is ill with an abscess in each ear.
SALISBURY — Mrs. Jeannette Axelby has been the victim of an infected finger which is now much improved.
LIME ROCK — Mrs. Lorch visited friends in Hartford over Sunday.
50 years ago — 1961

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It’s your money, so get involved

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

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

If You Ask Me
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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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A budget no one loves is probably a good one

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

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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About the China of Milt Caniff’s “Terry and the Pirates”

Investigative Cartooning

I watched carefully as the elderly tourists struggled with weighty luggage; they stumbled dangerously across the thick wooden ties of the vintage railroad bridge leading to the mainland from what was referred to as the northern (now) territories of Hong Kong. They were headed for a train that would continue their trip onto mainland China and though it was damned scary to me, they loved every minute of this retirement adventure.

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Been there, done that, the result: 20 years of decline

The Chris Powell Column

Here we go again. Connecticut state government is far beyond broke as social conditions worsen. The governor wants huge tax increases and concessions from the state employee unions to restore solvency. The taxpaying class and the government class are at each other’s throats as the governor tries to split the difference.

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

If You Ask Me

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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