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Controlling CT weeds and invasive plants

Currently, there is a serious debate in the Connecticut Legislature over the question of regulating the use of glyphosate-containing herbicides, such as Glypro and Roundup, to control invasive plants and weeds, particularly along state highways and water courses. Both sides of the argument must be listened to carefully to come to a reasonably worded solution that will protect both human health and the environment. 

Freedom of Assembly and Speech in the Age of Trump: From McCarthyism in the 1950s to Trumpism today

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When President Donald Trump falsely accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his office during the 2016 election campaign, he called it “McCarthyism.” This was in reference to Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) who led the Cold War witch hunt for real or imagined Communist spies, agents, sympathizers and subversives while serving in the U.S. Senate from 1947 to 1957.

Optimal healthcare in a post-Trump world: The answer is ‘Medicare for all’

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The Medicare-for-all proposal takes advantage of the existing mechanism of Medicare as the central gatekeeper to control the current skyrocketing of U.S. costs and prices for insurance premiums, deductibles, health services and pharmaceuticals, which are the Achilles heel of the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

The current escalating cost/price situation under the ACA results from decades of GOP opposition to any form of price regulation, all in the name of freedom to fix and raise costs, prices and profits. 

Optimal health care in a post-Trump world: The answer is ‘Medicare for All’

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As the House and Senate of the U.S. Congress resume their working session, one has to expect a return to some more gridlock over health care reform. That’s because “repeal and replace” was always about damaging the legacy of President Barack Obama, and never really about improving health care for all Americans.

Freedom of Assembly and Speech in the Age of Trump: An Oppenheimer Story: A learnable lesson for 2017?

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The following is a relevant, personal, cautionary tale from that time of McCarthyism and the Red Scare. In the 1950s, I got to know Princeton Professor J. Robert Oppenheimer (of Manhattan Project fame). A statistical wizard, he was quite a baseball fan and came to many a university game. Out of the blue one day, he asked me, “Would you please teach my 12-year-old daughter, Toni, how to play baseball?” 

Freedom of Assembly and Speech in the Age of Trump: From McCarthyism in the 1950s to Trumpism today

Part 1 of 2

 

When President Donald Trump falsely accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his office during the 2016 election campaign, he called it “McCarthyism.” This was in reference to Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) who led the Cold War witch hunt for real or imagined Communist spies, agents, sympathizers and subversives while serving in the U.S. Senate from 1947 to 1957.

Long-term strategy to defeat ISIS-style terrorism Contradictions between Shariah law and the Quran n

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A good way to examine the enormous rift within Islam is to select a major issue, such as the treatment of women, and then compare the moral (or immoral) prescriptions, proscriptions and attitudes under various Shariah laws, with what is clearly stated in the one and only Quran.

The fundamental rift within Islam

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It seems absolutely incomprehensible to most of us that would-be jihadist religious extremist recruits should volunteer to blow themselves up and otherwise commit suicide in order to murder masses of innocent persons, many of them Muslim believers, all under the utterly false notion that their martyrdom serves a higher purpose pursuant to the word and will of God.

A tale of two platforms

Post-convention comparative thoughts on the environment

Now that the exuberant Republican and Democratic national conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia are over, with their flag-waving appeals to patriotic fervor and their affirmations of the virtues of favored candidates for high office, the time has come for more sober reflection on the policies the two parties represent, which the candidates up and down the ballot, once elected, will be called upon to realize.

Universal and American human rights

When in a recent Mid-Western door-to-door poll, self-styled “conservative” voters were shown text from the U.S. Constitution, including the Preamble purpose to “promote the general Welfare,” a substantial number of respondents said they believed that the text must come from some sort of “Communist tract.”