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Drug companies must fund take-back programs

By Selena West Community leaders in Alameda and three other counties in California and Washington have adopted laws requiring pharmaceutical companies to finance drug take-back programs. Drug take-back programs combat prescription drug abuse by removing unused medications from homes and are an environmentally safe method of disposal. A study by the U.S Geological Survey in 2000 found measurable amounts of o ...

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GMO has got to go

By Cecilia Petricone In 2013, Connecticut became the first state to pass a law requiring that GMOs be labeled in food products. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have undergone a process that alters their genes or DNA. Sometimes it is done to mutate superficial aspects like shape or color, while other times it is done to alter growing habits or reactions to pesticides. You may be wondering, if the law w ...

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Does Connecticut give a frack?

By: Cecilia Petricone In June 2014, Governor Malloy signed Public Act No. 14-200, an act prohibiting the storage or disposal of fracking waste in the state of Connecticut. Hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) is the process of drilling into the earth and injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals into shale, causing the rock to release oil and natural gas. Fracking to extract oil from the ...

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Electric bill passing a step in the right direction

By Selena West A bill banning variable-rate electric contracts in Connecticut passed the General Assembly on May 27. In a bipartisan effort, legislators agreed the variable-rate contracts used by some electric companies take advantage of consumers, especially senior citizens. These companies use variable-rate contracts to attract customers with low introductory rates then quickly inflate rates above the sta ...

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Hands off NCCC

By Charlene LaVoie In 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy announced a sweeping plan to overhaul higher education to provide more resources for classroom teaching to help increase the number of students. The plan was supposed to empower the four state universities and 12 community colleges without closing or combining them and save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars over time. A central state Board of Regents wa ...

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A Year (or so) in Review- A Cautionary Tale

In September 2012, convicted felon Henry Centrella’s scheme was uncovered. In November 2012, he was put on leave. In January 2013, he was fired. In August 2013, he was arrested. In April 2014, after pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail. By September 2013, changed procedures and multiple safeguards were in place in Town Hall. All this was accomplished under the Democratic majority on the Boa ...

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Ousting Peacock was bad move

10-24-14 Ousting Peacock was bad move   Here we go again. The Republicans are not acting in the best interests of the town. At the selectmen meeting on Monday, Oct. 20, Republican Mike Peacock was renominated to a term on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Peacock was appointed in 2009 and became chairman in 2012. He initiated GPS mapping of the town and the creation of a grid system showing land uses ...

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Revolving door of town managers spins again

8-15-14 Revolving door of town managers spins again Marsha Sterling, the non-elected selectman, bullied the broker in the Lambert Kay deal.  Without authority, or board approval, Marsha tried to get more money from the buyer and used the Lambert Kay clean-up grant as a hammer by threatening the buyer that the grant would not be part of the deal unless they increased the purchase price.  Wow! This is an issu ...

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Millennials will change politics

Millennials will change politics Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:25am By Selena West According to a national survey conducted during the 2012 election by Richard Fox, a professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University, and Jennifer Lawless, professor of government at American University, only 11 percent of American college and high school students reported they might want to run for political office someda ...

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