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BELLS OF ST. PETERS IN ROME – A NEW POPE ELECTED

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It’s around 7 p.m. in Rome as I begin writing. It’s Wednesday March 13, and a new pope has just been elected. I’m sitting with my laptop in my hotel room. How do I know there’s a new pope? I suddenly hear church bells ringing and ringing and ringing. I open the window onto a […] [Read More]
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ENOUGH LEASE NONSENSE – RTM NEEDS TO MOVE ON

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Enough lease nonsense. It’s time for the RTM to come to its senses. The town’s long standing tradition has been to review the lease of town property on a case by case basis, which is as it should be. The dominant criterion used in such review has historically been the benefit to the community. Maybe […] [Read More]
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SENSIBLE GUN LEGISLATION – GREENWICH’S PROGRESSIVE TRADITION

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It’s been nearly two weeks since the “March for Change,” when an estimated 5,500 men, women and children rallied on the north steps of Connecticut’s Capitol building to mark the two-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre with demands for safer gun laws. Many state legislators made an appearance at that February 14 rally in […] [Read More]
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GUN VIOLENCE: NEXT STEPS IN THE CONVERSATION, A COMMUNITY FORUM

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On Valentine’s Day 5,500 people rallied on the north steps of the state Capitol building in Hartford to demand safer, common sense gun laws. This “March for Change” was a march not only to change gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre – but equally important – it was a march to […] [Read More]
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ARMED GUARDS DO NOT BELONG IN SCHOOLS

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Armed guards in our schools is a BAD idea. This idea should be taken off the table immediately. We must not let fear drive us to arms. If we do, the Newtown gunman wins, and the children lose. In a recent letter to Greenwich Board of Education Chairman, Leslie Moriarty, and Greenwich Superintendent of Schools, […] [Read More]
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SYNAGOGUE CONTROVERSY – TOO MUCH ILL WILL AND MISINFORMATION

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It’s a shame there’s such ill will being generated in the Cos Cob community, and so much misinformation. It’s painful to read some of the online commentary that fans the flames in this neighborhood conflagration, ignited by a proposal to build a synagogue on Orchard Street. Minds have closed. Hearts have hardened. It makes no […] [Read More]
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AN ORCHARD STREET SYNAGOGUE? KEEP AN OPEN MIND

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No one knows yet what the synagogue will look like. There’s no specific building proposal on the table, or detailed architectural plans ready for review. The exact size of the structure, its location on the property, and details such as lighting are as yet unknown. Everything’s still in an early design stage. There’s no reason […] [Read More]
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MONDAY NIGHT EPIPHANY? THERE’S ALWAYS HOPE

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BET Budget Committee chairman Joe Pellegrino said at Tuesday’s meeting of the 4-member Budget Committee that he has tried to craft budget guidelines that will get at least 7 votes on the full 12-member board. And that’s exactly what’s destined to happen Monday night. His draft guidelines are expected to garner 6 Republican votes plus […] [Read More]
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