Posts tagged ‘debate’

November 9th, 2015

Language Rebrands Politics

by Christopher O'Brien

By State Senator Joe Markley

Acerbic comedian and commentator George Carlin hated euphemisms, believing they weaken language and muddle discourse. He used Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as an example—an eight-syllable phrase so unwieldy it became an acronym: PTSD.

Sen. Joe Markley

Sen. Joe Markley

The affliction now known as PTSD was originally called Shell Shock. Coined in World War I, these two alliterative syllables perfectly communicated the cause, nature, and severity of the diagnosis. During World War II, Shell Shock became Battle Fatigue; in Vietnam, Battle Fatigue got dumped for PTSD.

Those four letters are so ill-defined that now they can apply to car crash survivors as well as tortured prisoners of war. Frankly, I wonder if our veterans would get better treatment if they had Shell Shock instead of PTSD,

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October 30th, 2013

Olmstead Hosts Forum Friday

by Christopher O'Brien
Steve Olmstead, Democratic Candidate for Mayor

Steve Olmstead (PC)

Steve Olmstead, who is one of two challengers for Mayor is inviting the public to ask him questions during a Town Hall style forum at Wolcott Town Hall Friday. The event will occur at 7 pm.

Olmstead says that he also invited mayoral candidates Tom Dunn and Mike Gugliotti to join him as well. Dunn declined citing previous commitments. It is unknown wehtehr Gugliotti will join him as of Tuesday evening.

Olmstead was the Democratic candidate for mayor in 2011, but this year is running as a Petitioning Candidate.

October 30th, 2013

Meet The Candidates Wednesday

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartThe Junior Women’s Club is sponsoring their annual Meet The Candidates night tonight at Tyrell School. The event will start at 7 pm. All residents are invited to attend the free event. Refreshments will be offered.

While there are several heavily competitive races, this event is not a debate. Every candidate will have a few minutes to address the crowd on why they are runnign for the office they’re seeking.

November 4th, 2012

State Senate, House Candidates Q & A

by Christopher O'Brien

The candidates for State Senate and State Representative attended a forum two weeks ago on moral and ethical issues they may need to vote upon if they are elected to represent Wolcott and Southington next week. The forum was held at St. Pius X Church and was sponsored by a coalition of local churches and the Connecticut Catholic Conference.

Participating in the forum were State Representative candidates Rob Sampson (R, I), and Charles Marsella (D, WF). Also were State Senate candidates Joe Markley (R) and John “Corky” Mazurek (D, WF).

Below are some of the positions outlined by the candidates:

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August 7th, 2012

Republican Candidates Ready for Primary

by Christopher O'Brien

Republican candidates for the open congressional seat squared off last week in a debate sponsored by the Brookfield Republican Party at Brookfield High School. Candidates included former Naval Intelligence officer Justin Bernier, real estate developer Mark Greenberg, business owner Lisa Wilson- Foley, and current State Senator Andrew Roraback.

Videos from this debate are below. The entire debate is just under an hour. Thanks to Chris Ford for providing these to the Whisper. Click “More” to view the videos.

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