Archive for August 8th, 2012

August 8th, 2012

The Olympics and Faith

by Christopher O'Brien

By Linda Ross  | Creedible

Ryan Hall is a Team USA Olympic marathon contender.  He’s also a man quite open about how his faith is influencing his training and event participation.  A recent New York Times feature about Ryan, “A Runner’s Belief: God is his coach”, included interviews with a swath of experts in this field as well.

Tim Noakes, exercise physiologist at the University of Cape Town commented, “The more stable you are as a human, the better you are as an athlete, and religion is a very stabilizing force.”

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August 8th, 2012

Risk Reduction Law Increases Risks to Public Safety

by Christopher O'Brien

Rep. Rob Sampson

Crime has been on the forefront of people’s minds and in the news headlines lately due to many violent shootings and deaths in some of Connecticut’s largest cities this summer.

Since the legislative session ended in May, I have been able to meet with many folks in the district and one of the big issues that continues to be brought up is the decision to repeal the death penalty.

Who can forget this past April when Governor Malloy and the majority in the legislature pushed to repeal Connecticut’s death penalty instead of addressing its flaws to make it a workable law? Under the repeal law no one convicted of capital felony murder would be executed prospectively except for those 11 men currently on death row.

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August 8th, 2012

A Story About Healthcare Part I

by Christopher O'Brien

By Angela Flynn  |  Simple Sensibilities

This is an election year.  One of the major issues that is analyzed and discussed every day is healthcare.   President Obama’s health care plan was approved, only to have it questioned.  The Supreme Court has determined that it is not unconstitutional, but it continues to be challenged by those who do not believe that it is a viable plan.  I don’t know enough of the specifics to make that conclusion, but I do know that something needs to be done to provide affordable healthcare options.  How do I know this?  I have a medical historythat had it not been covered insurance, would have cost me approximately $250,000.

Anyone who has had a major illness or condition knows that it involves scans, tests, biopsies, surgeries, treatments, and many appointments.   I experienced two major medical issues in the past 17 years that required all of this, and none of it was unnecessary.  Due to good treatment and care, I am healthy and living a good life.   I had a positive attitude during each of these trials, but I wonder how I would have felt if I had to worry about payment.  Would I have received the quality of care that I experienced?  How would I have fared if I had to worry about large bills?   Would I have done as well?  I don’t think so.

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August 8th, 2012

Democratic Congressional Candidates Clash in Debate

by Christopher O'Brien

Three Democrats vying for the open seat being vacated by current Congressman Chris Murphy took to the stage in Litchfield last week. The debate, hosted by the League of Women Voters sought to allow Democratic voters to discern their choice in next week’s August 14th electoral primary.

Any Democrat can vote in their hometown on August 14th, or should they be out of town on that day, may apply for or vote absentee anytime this week. Simply go to or call your local town hall.

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