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DAVID COLLINS - RECENT COLUMNS

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

Published: October 17, 2020 | David Collins

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

Published: October 15, 2020 | David Collins

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.

How does the Connecticut GOP support a submarine-cutting Trump?

Connecticut Republicans used to care about defense spending and the threats posed by Russia.

Don't defund New London police; muzzle the union president

The New London police union president was out of line attacking city councilors for doing their jobs.

'White Mullets Matter' banner flies over Stonington

Someone has arranged to fly banners over a Stonington beach with a message that seems to echo the White Lives Matter mantra used by white nationalists.

Is East Lyme price gouging on nonresident beach passes?

The town is charging nonresidents for a limited number of daily passes as much as residents pay for seasonal passes.

Who will hold Stonington police accountable?

Police leadership has misled the public about whether hospital policy kept them from apprehending suspects in an assault on a Black employee of a Mystic hotel.

Could this Groton resident prosecute Biden or Obama?

John Durham of Groton, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, is investigating the origins of the Mueller probe, and Attorney General William Barr says he can't rule out prosecutions of former President Obama or Vice President Biden.

House GOP bucked police accountability

All of eastern Connecticut's Republican representatives joined their GOP colleagues in unanimously voting against a police accountability bill, which Democrats passed last year.

Col. Bob Statchen chose pandemic help over campaigning for state Senate

The National Guard airman and Democratic candidate had to stay off the campaign trail after being called up for a pandemic assignment, distributing PPE to first responders.

The two sides of Sen. Formica's mouth on early voting

The senator from East Lyme was in a small minority of lawmakers who last year voted against a constitutional amendment on early voting.

Block Island may get tough on mandatory masks

The Town Council will review an islandwide mandatory mask ordinance in response to complaints about tourists without them.

A Confederate general is buried in New London

The Confederate flag that sometimes appears beside the grave was missing last week.

There's a Columbus statue in Westerly, too

Despite all the protests around the country about Columbus statues, there has been no public outcry about the one in downtown Westerly.

Good riddance to Columbus

Taking down the New London Christopher Columbus statue is the start of progress.

Connecticut Republicans: Time again for the Trump test

Republican candidates in Connecticut should either endorse or renounce the person at the head of their ticket.

Can Connecticut GOP block safe pandemic voting?

Republican leaders in the House and Senate have said they would oppose approving in a special session measures to expand absentee voting for the November election.

Take down Columbus; scrap New London's war machine

The city should listen to and take seriously the demands of a petition by city youth that has attracted more than 4,700 signatures.

Connecticut Republicans let Trump take them down

The social media feeds of the Connecticut Republic Party, in sharp contrast to Democrats, have not mentioned the protests of the George Floyd killing and promote the Trump campaign.

Trump is kneeling on the country's neck

The president has no words of solace and is stoking rather than subduing violence.

Closing beaches to nonresidents is illegal

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 2001 that municipal beach access can't be limited to residents, and a pandemic doesn't change that.

Groton wants $12,500 in fines from Spicer Mansion

A partial shutdown of Superior Court due to the pandemic delayed a zoning lawsuit against Spicer Mansion in which Groton seeks fines and new enforcement measures.

Never mind COVID-19, they marched for graduation anyway

Graduation ceremonies for Brown University went virtual on Sunday, but some graduates and their families turned up anyway for a social distancing version of a live ceremony.

Why not online gambling for Connecticut's tribes? Drive-in casinos?

Temporary allowance for online gaming could end the standoff on whether the casinos should reopen.

I'm sorry I voted for Stonington First Selectwoman Chesebrough

The Stonington first selectwoman should have urged compliance with the governor's orders, not enabled defiance.

Who will show up, as Connecticut reopens?

The reopening will test the resolve of employees and customers.

A COVID-19 memorial at Noank School site?

The Groton Town Council should reverse its decision to cancel park plans for the Noank School property and dedicate it to COVID-19 victims, as open space.

The memorials of my coronavirus walks

My long walks have taken me past some interesting monuments and markers of local history.

Town leaders, stop meddling in COVID-19 orders

The seven municipal leaders who asked Gov. Ned Lamont to open restaurant dining rooms don't have training in epidemiology.

Gov. Lamont, how about some beach guidelines?

Municipalities are struggling with decisions about how to open beaches for the summer.

Lee White cooked her way through a COVID-19 recovery

The food writer tested positive and hunkered down for a two-week quarantine, working from her big freezer and pantry.

With no COVID-19 cases, will Block Island welcome loaded ferries?

Some hard decisions about whether to close beaches or shut down summer ferries still lie ahead.

I've seen COVID-19 loss up close; I blame Trump

The president says he is not responsible, but of course he is.

Broadway-tinged video from Lyme thanks first responders

A Lyme family put together some Broadway musical experience with a school assignment and then enlisted neighbors to help make a video thanking first responders.

How much will life change after the pandemic?

Will the divorce rate spike?