Israel is the most inclusive democracy in the world. There are more than 1 million Arab Israeli's living peacefully in the country. Women and homosexuals have more rights than in any other country. To equate Israel with South Africa and Rawanda implies that Israel is an apartheid state. Which is anything from the truth. Until Arab countries in the Middle East allow Jews and Christians to live in peace with their fellow Muslims, as they do in Israel, then we can have your discussion. Jews have been living in Israel for thousands of years and they have every right to continue to live there in peace. View Comment
The difference, Debade, is that the Israeli's value life and Hamas, death. If Hamas cared about its citizens, they would allow them to leave their homes when Israel warned about the targeted strikes. The only way peace will be achieved in Israel and with the Palestinians is to find a new partner. You can't negotiate with terrorists especially those who want to see your state destroyed, as Hamas does with Israel. They will never recognize Israel's right to exist, so they will never truly be peace partners. The Fatah group has a chance, but they too, have never recognized Israel's right to exist. Until this happens, you will never see peace in that part of the world. View Comment
Nice job covering the game and the team all year, Tom. Was there last night to watch. Didn't see the fumble, figured that Dammen-Brower was down by contact. Had he continued to run down the sideline or if he hadn't fumbled, perhaps we had another comeback in us. Berlin had some beasts out there, namely #84. Biggest kid I've seen on a HS football field in a while.
Great season for the Trojans and great job by Coach Lato, Tyler Hassett and all of the Trojans this year! Congrats! View Comment
The Occupy "movement" needs to go to Washington, DC and hang out at the White House. Weston, CT is not the place for socialism and Robin Hood-esque ideals. What happened to hard work and the American Dream? We have enough people getting hand outs in this country (47 million plus on food stamps). If we start taking more from the rich, we won't have any more wealthy people in America; they will either move out of the country or just stop working (ie. why should I keep busting my hump for some lazy people who just want to have their hand out?). King Obama wants trickle down government. That will never work in America. We need jobs in America, not cry baby, do-nothings like the Occupiers who just want to take and not give of themselves. Everyone complains about the 1%, but the 1% are the engines of the economy. If you work hard, you can become part of the 1%. And this is from a guy who is not even close to being in the 1%. Here's a great story to illustrate my point:
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100…
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this…
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7..
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that’s what they decided to do..
The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball. “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20″. Drinks for the ten men would now cost just $80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men? The paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?
They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.
So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.
And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% saving).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% saving).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% saving).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% saving).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% saving).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings.
“I only got a dollar out of the $20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,”but he got $10!”
“Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a dollar too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”
“That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 back, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”
“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier. View Comment
Correct Paige. The baseball pass from Burrell to Tate at the buzzer to beat Clemson. Also, I'll never forget that comeback in the Garden when we beat Georgetown and Allen Iverson to win the BIG East Championship on Ray Allen's twisting shot in the lane. UCONN fans went balistic in the Garden that night and people were literally hugging other UCONN fans whom they had just met/never met before. View Comment
Hey Tom, we'll never see another coaching job like this in our lifetime. Taking a school with long tradition and no NCAA national success on a road to an elite power has been remarkable to watch. Fortunately, as a student back in the late 80's, I got to see it all first hand. The NIT championship in '88 got it started and then the dream season in '90 with "The Shot". Was at the first championship in '99. Awesome ride. Thanks Coach! View Comment
Eric - don't forget that they lose scholarships as well. That's another key aspect to this. It's akin to the death penalty b/c most kids will not go to a school if they can't get to a bowl. Then, if you take away some scholarships, it will take them a long time to rebuild the program. Probably a decade, if I were to guess. View Comment
Right after the championship games, my prediction was 27-17 Giants. Now, I think it's a bit higher from a scoring standpoint, 34-20 or 34-24. Anyway you slice it, Big Blue will win!
Scott View Comment
Andy was a fixture at the Stamford Oldtimers' Dinners. When he couldn't make the most recent one in December, I knew something wasn't right. At those dinners, he always made time for everyone; whether it was shaking your hand or the occasional autograph. You'd never know he was a Hall of Famer and an all-time football great.
He was the ultimate family man, who never forgot his Stamford roots and who happened to be a Hall of Famer. Humble and private as can be, I remember he and his wife Jeanne coming to countless Little League games back in the 80's and 90's to watch their grandson's play. Heartfelt condolences to Rick, Bobby, Tina and rest of the Robustelli clan. We have clearly lost a Giant of a man.
Scott A Miller View Comment
Definitely can't wait for tonight, especially since the women lost last night. Need to see the men complete the improbable run.
Unfortunately, the game is on so late, that I'll forgo any big gathering and just watch on the flat screen at home.
As someone who watched the Huskies develop into a National Power under Jim Calhoun and who went to the 1988 NIT Championship in MSG and in Tampa/St. Pete for the 1999 Championship, this one will be the ultimate success for Calhoun's Huskies. In my opinion, the pleasant surprise always trumps the dominating/expected championship. I really thought that we would see a repeat of 2004, when the men and women became the only teams from one school to win both Championships in the same year.
It's clearly the best coaching job ever by Calhoun and one that comes as a complete surprise when you consider how the February swoon was hitting the team. The confidence and swagger from the BE championship tourney run (5 games in 5 days) has catapulted them in the NCAA's. Kemba's the best player in the country, but the supporting cast has come a long way this year. It's been fun to watch and I look forward to the game tonight!
Scott View Comment