Why is There Still no Free Wi-Fi on Metro-North?

Airplanes have Wi-Fi. Even Connecticut’s CTfastrak commuter bus system from New Britain to Hartford gives its passengers free Wi-Fi. Commuter railroads across the US offer Wi-Fi, including Boston’s MBTA. Wi-Fi is everywhere… but not on Metro-North. So the Connecticut legislature has just budgeted $23 million to install 5G technology on...

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On Ukraine

History is littered with “quicksand wars,” violent, perpetual conflicts exacting heavier tolls than originally forecast. Misread foes and unintended consequences become inextricable quagmires for rosy-scenario groupthink and military optimism. World War I, Vietnam, invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and America’s Civil War are prime examples, and with each new weapon...

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Politically Entrenched and Scientifically Illiterate

...Woodrow Wilson’s Creel Commission, a First World War propaganda machine, designed to transform American pacifists into war-mongers. Officials, who devised those plans, were actually targets themselves of the British Ministry of Information which was designed to convince legislators to enter the war alongside England. Britain even limited Germany’s communications with...

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Free Parking Isn’t Really Free

...of what that means to how they price things.  Isn’t it any wonder that Amazon can compete on price? Awhile back I drove through New Britain where I once lived.  I hardly recognized the downtown with its empty stores and sidewalks next to a ten storey parking structure.  They “built it” (the parking),...

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State Pier Complaint Dismissed by Superior Court

A local road salt distributor’s attempt to reverse a state permit for the redevelopment of the New London State Pier was dismissed by a Superior Court judge on Wednesday. New Britain Superior Court Judge John Cordani ruled that DRVN did not have standing to bring its appeal against the Connecticut...

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Covid-19 Mandate Ignores the Science

...(with only about 50% effectiveness) is already in use in Britain. COVID-19 treatment pills destroy any vestige of logic or justification for Biden’s vaccine mandates. No matter how someone contracts the virus, these pills prevent serious illness – hospitalization and death. With double lines of defense against the coronavirus –...

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Candidates for Middletown P&Z Sound off

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...You’ve also got to be worried about conservation, and not overdeveloping pieces of land. They’re not making any more of it, so you don’t want to over-develop. You don’t want to stagnate either.  I’ve been paying attention to a lot of what Mayor Erin Stewart is doing over in New...

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Republican Senators Leave Juvenile Court Unaccountable

...But this presumes that chronic young offenders should remain free indefinitely, as in the New Britain case. That also makes no one safer. The Republican senators propose next-day arraignments for juvenile offenders. But an arraignment doesn’t resolve a case. The teen in the New Britain case probably had many arraignments...

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Matt Lesser Makes His Case for Secretary of the State

...election, two GOP candidates have thrown their hats in the ring: Dominic Rapini, a senior account manager at Apple, and Brock Weber, an aide to Mayor Erin Stewart of New Britain who declined to participate in a candidate interview. The Connecticut Examiner spoke with Lesser about his campaign and priorities...

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Trouble With Schools, Kids Hints at Connecticut’s Future

...schools evade responsibility, transferring the consequences to police, courts, welfare departments, and other agencies already overwhelmed trying to remediate educational failure. Once Waterbury’s school board voted to continue falsifying student performance, New Britain High School Principal Damon Pearce announced that his school would be closed for a few days and...

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High School History Remains Diplomatic Cherry-Picking

American history taught in high schools today remains diplomatic cherry-picking. Often omitted are dark sides of manifest destiny’s “divine sanctioning” on which U.S. expansionism rests. Except for the Seven Years’ (i.e. “French and Indian”) War fought for global primacy between France and Britain in North America (1754-63), little else between...

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Veronica DeLandro Makes Her Case for New Britain Mayor

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Veronica DeLandro is challenging four-term incumbent Erin Stewart for Mayor of New Britain this November. Other Democratic challengers include State Rep. Bobby Sanchez, D-New Britain and activist Alicia Hernandez. In 2019, Stewart, a Republican, won reelection handily, with 6,013 votes compared to Democrat Chris Porcher’s 3,592, and Independent Devione Tanksley’s...

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