William Collins

OtherWords columnist William A. Collins is a former state representative and a former mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Cashing In on the ISIS Crisis
Maybe you think the U.S. air war on the Islamic State is a fine plan. Maybe you don’t. Either way, have you considered how little Washington’s latest military foray in the Middle East has to do with America’s welfare? In case you haven’t heard, shock and awe are out in what’s increasingly being...
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Monday, June 16, 2014
'Free Trade' Recipe for Ripoffs
President Barack Obama is a surprisingly devout disciple of so-called “free trade.” During his first presidential bid he promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), indicating some concern over the U.S.-Canada-Mexico pact. A month after his 2009 inauguration, Obama...
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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Locking Up Our Future
Finally, there’s a sign that our national passion for locking up more and more Americans could be subsiding. Our “correctional population” is gradually shrinking after decades of robust growth. We had 2.9 million people behind bars in 2011 , down from 3.2 million in 2007, according to the Justice Department.
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