| Oct 13, 2014
| 8:06 AM
Students from schools across Windham County gathered at the Hyde Cultural Center in Woodstock on Oct. 8 for a lesson in civics. The fourth- through eighth-grade students were treated to "We the People," a TheaterWorks USA musical about the workings of the...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 4:00 PM
I sometimes fear I am coming of age in a dying republic. Everywhere I turn the foundational values of America — open discourse, constitutional integrity, restricted government — seem to be eroding.
Elite universities have become repressively...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Remember how history class at the start of every school year began with the American Revolution and the Declaration of Independence? Some of it has long since blurred; some of it is fable. (See Question 11.) If you wanted to see the Declaration of...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy.
Throughout my life, various Republicans have suggested amending the Constitution in one way or another. A few years ago, they suggested revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship....
| Dec 30, 2014
| 9:05 AM
It's the season to take stock of the year's musical blessings — also those people and performances that made 2014 not quite so blessed. In that spirit, we present our 38th annual Rheingold Awards. The envelopes, please.
Operatic triumph of the...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Mark Twain nailed the description of a Connecticut Yankee innovator.
The year was 1889, less than a decade after Twain handed in perhaps the first book manuscript written on a typewriter. Hartford was, in the words of historian William Hosley, "The...
| Dec 27, 2014
| 1:15 PM
John Adams once wrote, "Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people."
In the Lehigh Valley, we have a strong tradition of caring for the common good. Even in times of fiscal...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 9:00 PM
On Dec. 15, 1814 — 200 years ago — the Hartford Convention began a three-week debate about the relationship between the then 18 states and the federal government. The meeting was held in secret by New England members of the Federalist Party...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 8:21 AM
Connecticut started with an innovation, called the "Constitution State" because it formed a formal government with what some say is the first ever such charter – the Fundamental Orders – in the late 1630s.
As the "Provision State," it...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 7:07 PM
It was a favorite beverage of the Founding Fathers, and George Washington even included it among the rations for his soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
But over time, hard cider fell out of favor, and Prohibition delivered a real blow to the...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 2:30 AM
President Obama is soon expected to issue an executive order that would make it possible for some illegal immigrants, many of whom are the parents of children who are American citizens, to live and work in this country without the threat of deportation,...