The Keith C. Burris Column

Women and McMahon

If Linda McMahon is elected United States senator from Connecticut, it will be due largely to women voters. And that’s hard to believe.

In an age of women’s empowerment, in an age when men are generally called out for disrespecting women, McMahon has built her fortune, and gained the business experience she says qualifies her for high office, exploiting and degrading women.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) which now calls itself “PG,” family friendly and wholesome, became successful depicting acts of rage, pseudo-rape and subjugation against women.

That’s a fact.

It’s time for schools to wake up to bullying

The Keith C. Burris Column

The movie “Bully” follows five young people and their families over the course of a school year. Two of the families lose children to suicide. One mother awaits the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus — to get bullies off her back.

The film attempts to describe the lives of bullied children and then to show us the depth of our ignorance about this problem.

Guess which group comes off as in the deepest state of denial?

School administrators.

The film takes aim at what might be called the “kids will be kids” myth.

Changes in Washington are not for the better

The Keith C. Burris Column

Washington has changed in the last few years, our national politics has, and not for the better. We got a full-blown demonstration last month with the debt ceiling/debt reduction fight.

There are at least three ways our politics have changed.

Sense on ‘Plate Gate’: Get back to work

The Keith C. Burris Column

Maybe you have been hearing about “Plate Gate.” Plate Gate is the name given to an alleged scandal in Hartford that is really not a scandal at all. It is just a case of pettiness getting out of hand. That happens a lot in families, in workplaces and in politics.

Plate Gate is the story of former Gov. Jodi Rell and her top aide, Lisa Moody, spending their last days in office procuring about 30 low-digit license plates for themselves, their families and their friends. There are fewer than 1,000 of these plates in all. (Rell took plate No. 14, Moody got No. 83.)