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NOTE ON ‘NEW REALPOLITIK’ COLUMN

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Reproduced here, exactly as originally submitted, is my column that appears in today’s (March 31, 2013) Greenwich Time. When the column was published online Friday and in print today, a spacing change created a slight confusion as to who said what in an email exchange between Democratic Town Committee Chairman Frank Farricker, who is a […] [Read More]
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ANTICIPATING AN INSPIRING EVENING

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I’m looking forward to an inspiring evening. Next Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Avon Theatre in Stamford, there will be an exclusive showing of the acclaimed documentary “100 Voices, a Journey Home.” The program is co-sponsored by the Avon and Greenwich-based Congregation Shir Ami. As part of the program, Hollywood composer Charles […] [Read More]
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REFLECTIONS TEN YEARS AFTER THE INVASION OF IRAQ

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Yesterday was March 19. Until 2003, my associations with this date were positive. It’s my son’s birthday. And it’s the day the swallows return to Capistrano, harbingers of the spring that comes in the week of March 19, a season of renewal and rebirth. But on March 19, 2003, the United States invaded Iraq, a […] [Read More]
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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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