Posts tagged ‘politics’

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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November 7th, 2013

Obamacare and Broken Promises

by Christopher O'Brien

flagsliderBy State Rep. Rob Sampson

 
Rep. Rob Sampson

When the subject of politics comes up, there are a few common phrases you are bound to hear.   Some will say their party is always correct and others will say that none of our elected officials even have a clue.  Some will say that they are tired of the partisanship and their elected officials voting along party lines while others will say that both parties are the same anyway.  I am going to save that topic for a future column but today I want to concentrate on another comment you often hear, and that is that “all politicians are crooks.”

Well, I think that it’s safe to say, at least for my own sake, that not ALL politicians are crooks.

Rep. Rob Sampson

Rep. Rob Sampson

My goal has always been to do my job as our State Representative to the best of my ability.  To me, that means understanding and respecting my role as it was intended, to be a citizen legislator who honors the office, respects his oath and remembers who he works for.  That would be you, the people I represent within Connecticut’s 80th Assembly District.   I won’t say it’s an easy job but I won’t complain either.  One thing that I am certain has made it easier for me than some others is that I know who I am and what I believe.   I ran for office for a specific purpose.  I didn’t like the direction our state was headed and I felt that it was my duty to get involved and try to change things.

It certainly is true that many good people shy away from politics.  The question is why.   Maybe it’s the perception that many politicians are involved for their own personal gain or that they will soon forget where they came from if they ever knew at all.   Or maybe they just don’t want to be associated with those in the business of broken promises.

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August 29th, 2013

Congresswoman Seeks Feedback Through Local Forums

by Christopher O'Brien

With the Obama administration quickly gearing up to launch cruise missle strikes on Syria, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty is holding two opportunities for residents to provide feedback on Congress.

The two events, titled “Congress on Your Corner” will be held this evening in Torrington and on Wednesday, Sept. 4th at Cheshire

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November 5th, 2012

Mazurek Misleads on Breast Cancer

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott, Southington, Prospect and Waterbury residents received pink flyers in their mailboxes today. No, it wasn’t requesting a donation on breast cancer research. Instead, it was a last minute ad from State Senate candidate Corky Mazurek accusing Joe Markley of voting against breast cancer screening and rape crisis center funds.

The problem with the ad though, is that it doesn’t attribute which bill Mazurek is refferring to (general practice requires that citation). A search of the General Assembly’s proposed bills has yielded nothing that validates Mazurek’s claim.

One bill – Senate Bill 97, which requires insurance companies to cover breast cancer density screenings at no additonal cost – passed in both the House and the Senate chambers of the General Assembly. Markley voted for it. In fact, no legislator voted against the bill.

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November 16th, 2011

DoD Flies Malloy to Kuwait

by Christopher O'Brien

Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie | Nov 15, 2011 5:33pm (Updated 6 p.m.)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and US Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta (contributed photo)

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is in Kuwait.

Yup. That’s right, Malloy flew to out of Washington D.C. on Monday evening as part of a Department of Defense program which provides state governors with the opportunity to visit deployed National Guardsmen and Reservists in the field.

The announcement released at 5:05 p.m. today came as a surprise to news media who have been inquiring as to Malloy’s whereabouts this week.

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November 15th, 2011

Murphy Blasts Tea Party, GOP Early in 2012 Race

by Christopher O'Brien

Chris Murphy

By Richard Weizel
The Daily Norwalk

U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, in his third term representing Connecticut’s Fifth District, says he’s “more frustrated” by government inertia than at any time during his 14-year political career.

But that isn’t stopping the 38-year-old Democrat from seeking the seat being vacated by longtime U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman.

“The Tea Party and Republican extremists in Congress, especially in the House, have brought the economy to a grinding halt to hurt President (Barack) Obama’s chances for re-election next year,” said Murphy, a former state legislator who now represents northwestern and central Connecticut in Congress.

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