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Critics attack governor prematurely over budget

The Winsted Journal Editorial

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first budget had not yet seen the light of day this week before political opponents began attacking the governor for raising taxes on Connecticut citizens. As details of the budget were leaked this week, political opponents of the state’s first Democratic governor in two decades claimed tax increases will result in the departure of wealthy citizens and corporations, who will pack up and leave the Nutmeg State to find lower tax rates.

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A nation is born: dispatch from the Southern Sudan

Guest Commentary

It’s not often that a new nation is founded as the result of a well-supported, peaceful and legal vote. Rarer still is having such an outcome after a protracted civil war.

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The eternal Drug War

Body Politic

The Afghanistan War seems interminable. It is the longest hot war in U.S. history. Europe’s Hundred Years War remains the world record holder, but things moved slower back then. Pentagon officials appear to dream of setting a new record in Kabul.
Meanwhile, our War on Drugs is quietly building its own longevity record. This war dates back to the Nixon administration and shows little sign of abating.

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Winsted selectmen say ‘no’ to something for nothing

The Winsted Journal Editorial

Any signs that the Winsted’s elected officials are working together for the betterment of the town went out the window Monday night when the Board of Selectmen rejected a simple plan to bring nearly $400,000 to the town, in exchange for essentially nothing.

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Time for democracy in Egypt

In The Public Interest

Those politically savvy people who thought strongman Hosni Mubarak would be out before the end of the first week of the Egyptian uprising better rethink the odds. For 30 years Mubarak has developed what can be called a deeply rooted dictatorial regime with regular White House access and annual largesse of some $1.3 billion in military equipment and payroll.

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The Unraveling of U.S. Mideast Policy

The Sheldon Richman Column

The blow to U.S. foreign policy by the popular uprising in Egypt cannot be overstated. The Egyptians’ demand that Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled Egypt with an iron hand and billions of American taxpayer dollars, step down is unquestionably a major setback to the U.S. governing class and its plans for the Middle East. Since the end of World War II, critics of U.S. policy have warned that defying the people of the region in favor of authoritarian ruling elites was doomed to failure. As things now begin to unravel, we see that those critics were right.

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