Rte. 2 in Connecticut near Hartford.
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Tolls aren’t too expensive. Driving is.

One of the most contentious issues during this month’s statewide midterm elections was that of highway tolls. Now-governor-elect Ned Lamont moved from a pro-toll position to a (possibly illegal) plan to implement heavy truck-only tolls. Businessman Republican Bob Stefanowski decried them as “just another tax.” Stefanowski, an aloof would-be populist, sums up the opposition’s argument pretty neatly. Tolls cost people…

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Politics

What a difference a little perspective makes

A case study in the phenomenon of “fake news” (or in any case, our inability to arrive at anything like an objective set of facts): Last Saturday in Portland, Oregon activists marched through the streets in protest of the police killing of a black man named Patrick Kimmons. At one point, a silver Lexus drove through part of the crowd,…

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Buttons on a gas pump
Politics

Democrats blaming high gas prices on Trump is stupid and self-defeating

Last week, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer hosted a press conference blaming high gas prices on Republican President Donald Trump. Earlier this week, Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal did the same at a Shell station in Hartford. Per CTNewsJunkie.com: “[There are] clear steps that the President of the United States can take [to reduce gas prices],” Blumenthal said. He said Trump can put…

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The word 'Boycott' stenciled on a concrete wall.
Politics

Actually, There are *Two* Anti-BDS Bills in the Senate Right Now

There’s a lot of finger-wagging and tongue-clucking going on lately about “free speech.” The extreme right has appropriated the term as a rallying cry and dog-whistle so effectively that a bigoted murderer defiantly yelled “free speech or die” during his court hearing. On the flip side, militant leftists on and off campus have raised the ire of both right-wingers and…

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