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Malloy tried to please everyone. In the end, he pleased no one.

Politicians are human beings, of course, but we should be careful to avoid too much empathy. Political animals, after all, crave power most. If the choice is between doing the right thing and holding power, political animals choose the latter unless constituents force them, like good shepherds, to rethink their natural inclinations. Gov. Dannel Malloy is no exception.

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Singling out solar: How Senate Bill 943 will hurt Connecticut

Recently, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Environment Committee approved Senate Bill No. 943, “An Act Concerning the Installation of Certain Solar Facilities on Productive Farmlands” that singles out the least-cost form of solar development by imposing a permitting process established for large-scale fossil fueled power plants. This bill penalizing solar development placed on farmland will jeopardize past and future energy solicitations intended to bring clean energy, low electricity prices, economic development and sound environmental policy to the state.

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State board should project objectivity in teacher evaluation

Teachers make a huge difference in the learning of students. We know this intuitively as well as empirically. When teachers have helped more students make greater academic progress, they have performed their duties better than teachers who did not help their students make progress. That’s why it’s so disturbing that Connecticut is poised to take a step backwards in its measurement of teacher impact.