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Editorial: Sonic assault

For sheer waste of taxpayer money, it’s tough to top the ‘decibel detector.’ Every town that’s bought one for its police department ought to demand an immediate refund. The things clearly don’t work. How else to explain what happened last weekend. The skies had cleared, the mercury was soaring, and out on the roads the

Editorial: Can’t turn back the clock

Bristol and Warren have fought for years over funding the regional school district the two towns share. One would think a voter-approved referendum and a judge’s ruling would finally settle the long-running argument. Yet the battle continues. Judge Luis Matos ruled earlier this month that the Bristol Warren Regional School District has been improperly distributing

Editorial: Bristol Council right to restore Explore

Town Councilman Halsey Herreshoff walked into Monday night’s budget hearing intending to leave well enough alone, declining to restore $10,000 cut from Explore Bristol’s budget request. Then he encountered the throng of supporters who turned out to defend the group that aims to market Bristol to prospective visitors. By the end of the two-hour meeting,

Editorial: Warren should not seek lost millions

Warren should “celebrate” a Superior Court ruling that clarifies how state education dollars are distributed, but it should not celebrate long. The ruling by Judge Luis Matos is a significant setback for Warren’s partners in this regional school district. Bristol took one on the chin last week. Bristol is already dealing with the impact of

Editorial: Voters: Budget, beaches

It may cost them a few dollars on a tax rate that is the envy of most towns around, but Westport voters can and should vote yes on two questions that will help their town out of an impossible budget squeeze. Questions 2 and 3 on Tuesday’s ballot would exempt interest paid on important big-ticket

Editorial: Westport voters: Budget, beaches

It may cost them a few dollars on a tax rate that is the envy of most towns around, but Westport voters can and should vote yes on two questions that will help their town out of an impossible budget squeeze. Questions 2 and 3 on Tuesday’s ballot would exempt interest paid on important big-ticket

Editorial: No matter what, 4%

Town budget season should be a time for debate, dueling philosophies and innovative ideas. It’s not. Budget season has become mostly an exercise in rubber stamps and congratulatory self-hugs. That’s because 95 percent of the budget has been decided months or years ahead of time, when town and union leaders ink those ubiquitous three-year contracts.

Editorial: Prescription for trouble

The details of a home invasion in a quiet Westport neighborhood last week suggest a state medical marijuana system run amok. Voters approved medical marijuana sales in 2012 and, going on three years later, there is still no network of dispensaries and apparently far too little control over growers, sellers, customers and prescribers. There are,

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