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Medicare for all: The best replacement for Obamacare

The only viable solution to our ongoing national healthcare crisis has waited in the wings for a long time.  Teddy Roosevelt included the idea in his 1912 platform. President Truman proposed it in 1945.  President Johnson succeeded —partly– with Medicare.  Now more than ever, single payer national health insurance needs to move to the national stage for serious consideration.

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Living within walking distance — important for a great neighborhood

We were looking for a house in West Hartford a quarter century ago, and were surprised to learn that houses closer to the town center were generally less expensive that houses further away. This made no sense to me. I could leave the car in the driveway, walk to stores, restaurants, town hall, gym, library, etc., and enjoy the safety that comes with other people walking by, and pay less? Where do I sign? Indeed, we bought a house in West Hartford Center. For the only time in my life, I was ahead of a trend. People are moving back to city and town centers. Pedestrian proximity is essential; a pillar of a great neighborhood. That’s the thesis of an intriguing new book, “Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All,” by New Haven-based writer Philip Langdon.