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One thing: This money really could have been better spent

If You Ask Me

Do you remember Gov. Rell’s “One Thing” campaign that asked every Connecticut resident to do one thing every day to conserve energy? I don’t either.
I only bring it up because it’s one of many costly projects developed for state agencies by outside public relations and advertising firms that the agencies could have done on their own. Or better yet, not done at all.
Once Gov. Malloy and his people settle the $3 billion deficit matter, they might want to look into this contribution to that deficit.

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Only the poor need Connecticut’s cities

The Chris Powell Column

Celebrating the obvious in a 28-page study aimed at political candidates, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities proclaimed late last year that Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury are poor and have special needs and thus a special claim on state government’s resources.
No one would dispute the poverty. But the report’s argument for pouring still more money into those cities was weak.

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Flooding can bring opportunities

The Independent Investor

The flooding of the Mississippi River will be the worst disaster in the Delta farming region’s history since 1927. Millions of fertile acres in Missouri, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas are under water. Farms along that riverbank could take a $2 billion hit, but to us it simply underscores our argument that agriculture is a long-term growth area.

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I'll Bee Beck

Editorial Cartoon

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The evidence of heart in our small towns

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

There was a quote by Bob Estabrook, this newspaper’s editor-and-publisher emeritus and a veteran himself, on the front page of last week’s Lakeville Journal. He said, “The heart of a small town is most evident on Memorial Day.”

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Turning Back The Pages 6-2

75 years ago — 1936
Reflections of the Season (editorial): And still there is a strange absence of political bedtime stories and election only six months away.
SALISBURY — The Elm Beetle is unusually destructive this spring. Many of the centennial elms are suffering from this pest. Fortunately plans are being made to combat it.
LIME ROCK — Mrs. Carolyn Stanton returned to the home of C. Brasie in Lime Rock after caring for a patient in Millerton.
50 years ago — 1961

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Sometimes what’s there can work

The Garden Coach

Sometimes looking more and doing less makes for a more satisfying landscape. When a fellow Kent resident asked me to design a garden to screen his work area from family activities, the first thing I asked was what they already had. The reply — “Oh, it’s just the woods” — made me expect the same invasive garlic mustard, Japanese honeysuckle and trees girdled and broken by oriental bittersweet that are taking over more and more of our woods every year.

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Bin Laden

Editorial Cartoon

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Playing the political system, 1940-style

If You Ask Me

They’re saying this is the most wide open Republican presidential race since Wendell Willkie emerged from nowhere to win the nomination in 1940. Maybe, but don’t expect another Willkie.
Willkie made it when primaries and caucuses didn’t get in the way of picking the best candidates. Nominating conventions actually nominated presidential candidates back then, and both Republicans and Democrats went to their conventions that summer of 1940, not knowing what to expect.

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Epidemic remembered

The Body Scientific

In 1735, a diphtheria epidemic swept through Connecticut and the rest of New England. It started in Princeton, N.J., and raged up the coast for several years, killing children throughout New England, including Connecticut. In one family it killed all eight children, swelling their throats until they suffocated.

Except for a monograph written in 1939 that was based on the memoir of a Puritan minister, the epidemic would probably not be remembered. For an additional 200 years, parents lived in fear of diphtheria and other epidemics.