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Opinion

  • The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me — he complains of my gab and my loitering. / I too am not a bit tamed — I too am untranslatable; / I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. — Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” Verse 52

    The most frequent question I’ve gotten of late by frustrated citizens anxious about the rightwing regression at play across the nation: What can I do? I answer, “One concept; three words, a myriad of options: The First Amendment.”

  • Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.

    — Donald Trump, July 2016

    So spoke the Republican nominee and now president-elect. It didn’t take a genius to realize that if the Russians could hack the Democratic National Committee’s e-mails, it might do the same to the Republican National Committee. Or Trump.

  • Wildfire mitigation isn’t about air-pollution policy 

    Editor:

    The main thing that keeps buildings safe from wildfire is a defensible space: an area around the building with minimal brush, trees and other combustible growth.

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    Wildfire mitigation isn’t about air-pollution policy

    Editor:

    The main thing that keeps buildings safe from wildfire is a defensible space: an area around the building with minimal brush, trees and other combustible growth.

    Non-combustible building materials, fire department availability, water sources and contours of the land all play a role in fire risk and mitigation. We’ve got a lot of old, skinny, pine beetle-infected trees that will eventually die one way or another, posing as a large source of intense wildfires.

  • The capitalists will sell us the rope with which to hang them.

    – attributed to Vladimir Lenin

    War has been declared. A cyber war. Welcome to the 21st-century version of World War III. The Russians launched the first strike, President Barack Obama responded with measured steps and Donald Trump is poo-pooing the whole affair.

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    Another Pleasant Valley Sunday 

    Charcoal burning everywhere

    Here in status symbol land

     

    The mid-20th century conservative writer and academician Russell Kirk was a “man of letters,” a term no longer in vogue. A man of letters was well-rounded, educated and multi-dimensional in his thinking, steeped in classics as in current learning. He stood for refinement as opposed to one-dimensional, mundane conservatism rooted in wealth, status and pride in financial accomplishments.

  • As the great French writer Alexis de Toqueville wrote in his seminal "Democracy in America," the greatest threat to American democracy is an uneducated voter. Well, folks, that threat is here now! As the Pogo cartoon famously said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us!”

  • The years of late high school through early adulthood were a time of intellectual ferment for me. I majored in political science, read copiously and became enthralled with conservatism. William F. Buckley became my mentor and authority on all things true. I subscribed to and religiously devoured “National Review,” watched Firing Line, and became active in the Young Americans for Freedom

  • “Paranoia strikes deep / Into your life it will creep / It starts when you’re always afraid / You step out of line, the man come and take you away.”

    “For What It’s Worth,” — Buffalo Springfield

    Thinking … thinking …

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    Fabyanic uses facts in columns

    Editor:

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, just not their own set of facts.” In the case of Jerry Fabyanic, it seems many readers disagree with his opinions, but I must say that they cannot disagree with his facts.

  • “Paranoia strikes deep / Into your life it will creep / It starts when you’re always afraid / You step out of line, the man come and take you away.”

    “For What It’s Worth”

    — Buffalo Springfield

     

    Thinking … thinking …

  • Welcome to the Courant’s first column by this conservative columnist. As would be appropriate with any proper introduction, I think it’s important that you have some understanding of the intent and direction this column will take. Perhaps of equal importance, you need to also understand what direction this column will not pursue.

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    Time for Fabyanic to go

    Editor:

    I second the proposal made by Omer Homer’s letter to the editor in last week’s newspaper that your columnist, Jerry Fabyanic, turn in his pencil and retire. For at least the past two decades, his has been the dominant voice of this paper’s editorial page — a view of the world that is strongly biased and disrespectful of any other point of view. 

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    Trump didn’t win; Clinton lost

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    There are those who think nature is cruel and unfair in that it chooses winners and losers. It is to these thinkers I direct this letter.

    It is a fact that most brutal regimes spring from the classical left, and it is simple to comprehend why: Over time, the left is very susceptible to emotion and rarely accepts contrary facts to its belief systems. What they feel is truth is indeed truth to them. 

  • I wrapped up last week’s column with a commitment to write this week about “active citizenry in the age of Trump.” That got me to thinking: Why should active citizenry be more essential now than at another time?

    True, the threat to our constitutional order is imminent. Nonetheless, good and true citizens should constantly be engaged. The operating word is “should.”

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    Not all Trump supporters can be stereotyped

    Editor:

    I was pleased to see the headline on Jerry Fabyanic’s Nov. 16 opinion column piece — at least at first: “Trump presidency will do, in democracy.” “Hurrah!” I thought. “Jerry is finally admitting in print that there are people (lots) in America who disagree with his world view and still have a right to be heard!”

  • It’s Thanksgiving 2016, and I’m searching for that for which to offer thanks. Personally, there’s an abundance, but it’s offset by angst I continue to experience for our country. I hate that feeling. Two weeks since, and I’m still unable to come to grips with the reality of 60 million Americans voting for a self-admitted sexual predator, a financial con man and an unstable dude to be their president. So much for their collective wisdom and family values.

     

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    Thoughts on the election

    Editor:

    We are writing on Wednesday, Nov. 9. We are very happy. The candidate we supported for almost two years is now president-elect. We are part of the “common folk.” We knew people wanted a better economy, more opportunities, not more elitism, not more racism or gender bias.