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DAVID COLLINS - RECENT COLUMNS

Pets are pandemic winners

Published: January 16, 2021 | David Collins

The animal shelters have emptied out as pets have become irresistible pandemic companions.

Judge Spellman's DUI arrest won't impact his $113,000-a-year pension

Published: January 21, 2021 | David Collins

The judge, who is 69, will reach mandatory retirement age in June, beginning a lifetime pension of two thirds of his salary.

Lamont vs. New London

Gov. Lamont suggests the city is ungrateful about plans that it host, with no compensation, a commercial project at State Pier with a growing cost estimate of more than $200 million.

WFSB Channel 3 punts on good journalism — again

WFSB ended publicist Duby McDowell's role as a news show host after reporting she got a no-bid contract award from Gov. Lamont, but she says she will remain a political analyst for the station.

2021 could bring Groton City a person of color as mayor

Aundre Bumgardner, who left the Republican party because of Donald Trump's racism, is running for mayor.

Connecticut Republicans need to confront Trumpism

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes complained the GOP response to Wednesday's Trump-induced violence was too little, too late.

Lamont's scandal-ridden port authority is still on fire

Local lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation that would provide more oversight.

A new political party? Connublicans?

If Connecticut Republicans can neither support nor disavow the president at the head of their party, as he denies the legitimacy of the election, maybe they should form a new party.

A religious commune's ship lands at Mystic Seaport

The 150-foot Peacemaker, operated by the international commune Twelve Tribes, might spend the winter in Mystic.

Build a $20 million Coast Guard museum bridge without the museum?

The National Coast Guard Museum Association asked the state to start construction of the $20 million pedestrian bridge this fall, before it has raised enough money or obtained permits to build the actual museum.

Giving thanks in a pandemic

There is still much to be thankful for, even as the pandemic grows worse.

Groton council weighs abandoning rights to road on the Mystic River

The council wants to ask permission for public access for a Mystic waterfront area described as a road in town land records.

Will Lamont finish destroying New London's road salt business?

DRVN Enterprises, with 12 full-time employees, says it can't meet the state's end-of-the-year deadline to move its $5 million pile of salt from State Pier.

Stonington Democrats let their town turn red

The Stonington Democratic Town Committee is on a long losing streak and needs new leadership.

Who cares what the Coast Guard commandant thinks?

The commandant wants the Coast Guard museum in downtown New London, but the community seems to favor Fort Trumbull.

Is Democratic Gov. Lamont turning eastern Connecticut red?

The governor has treated the region badly and that may have played a part in Democrats doing more poorly here than in the rest of the state on Election Day.

There are two different Mystics for coastal access

Stonington welcomes visitors to Mystic River Park, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last month, while Groton lets a crucial public access sign on its riverfront walkway disappear and won't replace it.

How Connecticut shut down a business and road salt competition

The owner of DRVN Enterprises, the salt entrpreneur who brought competition to the road salt business with imports through State Pier, says he has nowhere to move the $5 million salt supply.

Collins: Connecticut found its voting groove

The polls of eastern Connecticut were busy but surprisingly calm and quiet for the historic pandemic election.

Why is no one planning The Coast Guard Museum at Fort Trumbull?

It's time for a reality check on the doomed downtown site and to stop wasting public money on it.

Will Connecticut Republicans pay a price for silence on Trump?

A shrinking Republican Party in the state may be the price anti-Trump voters in Connecticut exact.

Attorney General Tong refused to investigate antitrust complaint about State Pier

A lawyer representing the 15-employee road salt dealer at State Pier says his client is being pushed out of business by "unscrupulous" unfair trade practices, but the attorney general won't investigate.

Connecticut Republicans, loyal soldiers in the party of Trump

Republican candidates in Connecticut won't talk about Trump but support much of his agenda.

Attorney General Tong argues to keep whistleblower complaints secret

The attorney general fought before the Freedom of Information Commission to keep a whistleblower complaint about management misuse of funds at the Connecticut Port Authority secret.

This important Groton Republican isn't doing Trump's bidding

U.S. Attorney John Durham of Groton apparently isn't going to deliver an October surprise for the election.

Not one Republican candidate in eastern Connecticut would comment on Trump

Republicans did not respond to an invitation in the newspaper and by email to comment on the candidate at the head of their ticket.

Lamont to region on COVID-19 spike: You figure it out

The governor has suggested he will let eastern Connecticut communities facing a COVID-19 spike to set their own pandemic rules.

Sen. Osten throws a sharp elbow at Gov. Lamont

The senator from Sprague took the governor to task for his treatment of the two tribes that run casinos in eastern Connecticut.

Local candidates: Give us two sentences on Trump

Voters deserve an opinion from all candidates on the candidacy of President Trump

Let's be honest, the downtown Coast Guard museum is dead

The museum went years without even meeting its 2017 fundraising goals.

Gov. Ned Lamont is at war with New London

Flash forward to the fall of 2020, with planning underway for Lamont's $157 million rebuild of the port of New London, and not only does the city not have a seat at the table but it is girding for a nasty battle, forced into a defensive crouch by none other than the governor himself.

Not with a gun on Fifth Avenue, but Trump killed a family friend

The president's decision not to tell Americans how deadly COVID would be cost many lives, including someone important to my family,

In Lamont's Connecticut, a felony arrest for a critic

The port authority chairman gave police an estimate of vandalism damage three times the actual cost, leading to the felony arrest of authority critic Kevin Blacker

Who will own the jewel of the Rhode Island coast?

The Coast Guard has declared the Watch Hill Lighthouse excess property, opening a competition for ownership of the historic lighthouse and the remarkable four-acre peninsula it sits on.

Mystic Museum of Art is suing Groton over its tax bill

The museum is in two legal fights over a house overlooking the Mystic River it once called its most significant charitable gift.

Is Connecticut GOP Chairman J.R. Romano on a social media leash?

The chairman has not posted on his official Twitter account since the day news broke of the party's endorsed candidate in the 2nd District being arrested on assault charges, an alleged crime party leaders had been told about.

Port authority's vandalism valuation led to Kevin Blacker's felony arrest

A replacement cost estimate of vandalism damage to signs near State Pier was developed by a consultant for the Connecticut Port Authority and put the amount at $163 over the threshold marking the difference between misdemeanor and felony charges.

Gov. Lamont, New London's waiting

The governor signed State Pier over to rich utilities for their wind business but made no provisions for host city New London to be paid for its services.

Shame on Stonington's selectwomen for tolerating hate speech

Instead of censuring a police commissioner for hateful things he posted on Facebook, the town's three selectwoman said people should get to know him.

Steve Bannon's $28 million ride docks in Noank

The Lady May, owned by an exiled Chinese billionaire, appeared off Stonington Point on Wednesday before heading to Noank, where it tied up overnight.

Stonington police: smeared by association

The attack on gays, transgendered and immigrants by a Stonington police commissioner reflects unfairly on the rank and file.

All's not well with the new salt mountain at State Pier

The salt, moved to a low-lying pier as a temporary measure, is owned by a tenant who has been evicted and ordered to get out by the end of the year.

Block Island, in a moped crisis, has a legislator with a conflict

Rep. Blake Filippi, who represents Block Island, operates a business renting mopeds on an island where there is a movement to ban them.

Republican Chairman J.R. Romano should resign

The GOP chairman didn't investigate serious allegations against the party's endorsed candidate in the Second Congressional District, who was arrested on the eve of this week's primary.

The COVID-19 summer of 2020 may shape 2022 gubernatorial race

A pandemic summer of protests and power outages might influence not just the next election but one in 2022.

Eversource shames the politicians courting it

Connecticut legislators have remained mute while Eversource hasn't finished a deal to compensate New London for lost tax revenues on the utility's lucrative commercial development in the city.

Some unexpected pleasures of the pandemic

Connecticut has shown its best self during the public health crisis.

Candidate's daughter, a veteran of The Day, won a Pulitzer

Cate Steel, the Democratic candidate in the 37th House District, has been busy campaigning in the pandemic, with her grown children living at home.

Connecticut GOP finds unions it can coddle: those representing police

Republicans missed a moment in history, rejecting modest police accountability measures.

New London promotes the Black firefighter it fired eight years ago

Alfred Mayo, who was fired and rehired to the largely white New London Fire Department after protests by the NAACP, will be promoted to lieutenant Friday.

Biden donors far outnumber Trump's on Connecticut's shoreline

An analysis of federal elections records by The New York Times produced an interactive map showing Biden and Trump donors.