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Multiple Students Arrested After Melee At RHAM High

Seriously it appears that comments need a review process.  (May 7, 2008 | post #117)

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Supreme Court Overturns $41.4 Million Injury Award

I agree very much that our court system needs reform very badly. Really a lawyer getting any kind of percentage of an award for a man's pain and suffering is obscene. Even worse that an injured human being should have to rely on lawyers for anything other than procedural advice is crazy. Lawyers should not be allowed to practice in civil court and all civil proceedings should be handled by a judicial team made up of judges and clerks with the requisite skills and experience needed for fair adjudication of the matters at hand. The judges would ask for any information they needed from both parties and hear their testimony. Whatever the decision, both parties would have the right of appeal to a similar panel right up to the supreme court. Law schools would still be important in that they would be giving training to people interested in joining the judiciary and to lawyers who would be involved in drawing up contracts but they would no longer be involved in civil litigation. Also a Law Degree would be only kind of qualification for the judiciary, there are any number of other degrees that would suffice such as an advanced degree in philosophy. The important thing is not to make litigation profitable to a special class of perverse capitalist.  (Apr 14, 2008 | post #6)

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Many Turned Away From Free Dental Care Clinic

"Sitting among the throng were Susan and Brian Boyce of Eastford, both 41, who came to the clinic with their seven children from age 12 down to 11 months. (The baby was just along for the ride.) Brian is an executive director at the Porter and Chester Institute. Susan is a registered nurse who stays home with the kids." When I read this I had to read it twice because there is something wrong here. Between both parents they have the ability to generate a good income. What were they doing at a dental clinic. They have 7 children, their choice and maybe an expensive house? Savings plans for the children? Cable? Multiple cell phone accounts. In what universe should they be allowed to transfer their family expenses to programs meant to aide the truly disadvantaged. Nothing disadvantaged about this couple.  (Apr 13, 2008 | post #34)

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Ex-Student Duped Yale -- Prosecution, New York City, New ...

Apparently Mr. Maharaj thought he could find true love at Yale. What a tragedy! The only thing left for him now is to join the Army.  (Apr 9, 2008 | post #40)

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Debating Declawing -- Lifestyle and Leisure, Laura Brown

Here's an idea. I had 2 indoor cats who were shredding everything. But one day when I had my motorcycle inside in the kitchen (don't ask) I noticed that the cats liked to stretch up and claw the tires. Fine by me but I had to remove the motorcycle sooner or later. So what I did was find a large heavy log with a wide base (keep an eye out for people who are cutting down trees). It has to be tall enough for the cats to stretch fully, somewhere around 4' tall. Then I went out on the highway and found some strips of rubber tire tread that were left on the highway from truck tires that disintegrated. It's a common sight. I took the strips and with a drill made holes in them at appropriate points where I could attach the strips to the log with screws. Afterwards I placed the log with the rubber tire tread strips attached in an out of the way spot in the kitchen and never again had a problem with the cats scratching the furniture or anything other than the tire treads. .  (Apr 5, 2008 | post #11)

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State Stem Cell Grants Awarded -- Politics, Tolland Count...

Yale has a $22 billion+ endowment and the State is giving them money? To improve laboratories/  (Apr 2, 2008 | post #1)

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Price Of Eggs Cracking Budgets

Encouraging the use of feed corn being used to manufacture a gasoline additive is one of the strangest and most bizarre public policies imaginable. All the presidential candidates should point this out and pledge to end this.  (Mar 23, 2008 | post #7)

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Plenty Of Questions Facing UConn Men

The real question is will Hasheem ever learn how to play basketball. He doesn't have any real idea about how to move other than acting as a fly swatter and he shoots very poorly. He should spend the entire off season watching films of the great Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain in hopes that he can somehow absorb (maybe through osmosis) some tips on how to really play the game. Some of the blame here has to shared by the coach, not his best season. .  (Mar 23, 2008 | post #15)

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Back From Extinction?

It's extremely important that the DEP monitor the wildlife population. CT is a densely populated State and even small numbers of bears, moose, wolves and what have you can quickly become a nuisance if not downright dangerous. For example: If your car collides with a moose you're toast. And when is the last time anyone saw a beaver left to itself? These are wild animals and can become unpredictable presenting a danger to Ct's residents. That isn't Bambi or pepe lepew, or Bullwinkle, or WILY COYOTE or Yogi, or Walt Disney out there in the woods.  (Mar 14, 2008 | post #7)

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Open Yale Police Records

I'm with fedup. Though I think it is New Haven which will benefit. (Who knows maybe both Yale and New Haven.) At any rate New haven should seriously be considering taking possession of Yale through eminent domain. Most of the stone can be recycled as well a the bricks and various other architectural tack ons. All the metal work and wire can be sold for scrap. The people who work there can follow it to ---- wherever it ends up.  (Feb 21, 2008 | post #15)

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Open Yale Police Records

I think it comes as a surprise to many people that what is essentially a private security force should have public police powers. Common sense should tell you that though this force would be there to assure the safety of the students it would also be biased in favor of its employer. It simply isn't in the public's best interest to give public police powers to private security forces of any type. The point here is that if the Yale security guards want to arrest anyone they should call the New Haven Police Department and let them sort things out.  (Feb 21, 2008 | post #10)

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The Relics Of Retail

You didn't mention "Barkers " one of the originals. I actually met the Barkers, a real life couple, shortly after they had sold their stores (to the Caldors I think)  (Feb 18, 2008 | post #9)

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Secret Stash Of Cash

Why all the fuss? The Town should notify Mr. Mosca that he has to choose whether he wants to be a police chief or a fund administrator and give him a week to make a decision. If he insists on doing both fire him. Make the decision for him that's all. Why this waste of time.  (Feb 15, 2008 | post #9)

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Cold-Weather Friends

You won't believe this but maybe 10 days ago I was awakened by a bird singing. It wasn't a long song but several sharp chirps. I can never remember something like that happening although we have always had winter birds here. In fact I think we have a long term resident bird in residence in the bathroom ventilator shaft.  (Feb 9, 2008 | post #5)

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Blumenthal Endorses Hillary Clinton

Mr. Blumenthal is one of the shining lights in CT. government; a man of great integrity and character. I hope someday Mr. Blumenthal runs for Governor or seeks election to the Senate. In either event we would be losing an excellent Attorney General who has always placed the public's interest first and foremost. I think anyone he endorses would be a good candidate and worthy of our best consideration.  (Jan 24, 2008 | post #16)

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