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Happy Birthday to the Bill of Rights

December 16, 2011 Civic Beat By Charlene LaVoie Dec. 15 marks 220 years from the day the Bill of Rights became part of the Constitution, establishing that the rights and voices of “We the People” are the heart of American democracy. On Sept. 17, 1787, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document they created that combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the Articl ...

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Constitution Day marks the birthday of our government

September 16, 2011 The Civic Beat By Charlene LaVoie On Sept. 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 men, representing the colonies. These “brothers” combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the Articles of Confederation, tem ...

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Happy Birthday Freedom of Information- The Back Story

July 4, 2011 By CHARLENE LaVOIE Community Lawyer Forty-five years ago on July 4, 1966, Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Freedom of Information Act at his Texas ranch. But the event does not appear on LBJ’s Daily Diary, which is the first indication that the President was not happy about it. Documents from the LBJ Library show that the usually outgoing President, who loved handing out pens at bill signings ...

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What about the commons?

April 22, 2011 The Civic Beat By Charlene LaVoie Next Thursday, April 28, at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, author and activist David Bollier, the co-founder of the Commons Strategy Group, which advocates the commons as a focus for economics, politics and culture, will talk about “The Theft of Our Common Wealth and the Rising International Commons Movement.” Bollier encourages us to see the wor ...

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Nuclear energy is not clean, cheap or safe

March 25, 2011 The Civic Beat By Charlene LaVoie The president is promoting federal loan guarantees to build two new nuclear power plants at a cost of $8.3 billion. Over the last decade, the nuclear industry has spent more than $600 million lobbying the federal government and another $63 million in federal campaign contributions. To advance its cause, the nuclear industry is taking a new tack: the need for ...

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