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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Op-Eds and Letters

October 26, 2018 Op-Ed and Letters
Newsflash to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-Ky.) - Social Security is not an entitlement. It is the insurance every working American has paid for.
October 1, 2018 Op-Ed and Letters
Originally appeared in the Journal Inquirer on Sept. 22nd.
May 29, 2017 Op-Ed and Letters
Memorial Day falls this year on what would be President John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday. It's hard to believe that a man that we remember as being so vigorous, so vital, so intelligent and so young, would be 100 years old.
May 13, 2017 Op-Ed and Letters
The vision is to tunnel I-84 from the Flatbush Avenue area in Hartford to the Roberts Street area in East Hartford and I-91 in Hartford from Riverside Park area to the MDC treatment facility in the meadows. The Connecticut Department of Transportation is working on the realignment of the I-84 and I-91 interchange that is bottlenecked on the Bulkeley Bridge and is committed to fast-tracking a study of this concept.
March 19, 2017 Op-Ed and Letters
A man's beard has multiple connotations and evokes no shortage of curiosity and comment.
September 8, 2015 Op-Ed and Letters
Christopher Backemeyer, lead sanctions expert for the U.S. Department of State in the negotiations with Iran, recently joined me for a town hall forum at the University of Hartford.
June 23, 2015 Op-Ed and Letters
It's time to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. I recently visited the island with a congressional delegation. Cuba is steeped in tradition but stifled by its government and the U.S. embargo. Modernity and technology have largely passed it by. The Internet exists in small pockets. Cellphones are accessible only for a select few, and then at limited speeds and connectivity.
June 23, 2015 Op-Ed and Letters
It seems every time we talk about the long-term future of Social Security, many in Washington start clamoring to raise the retirement age or propose other ways to trim Social Security’s modest benefits. For the two-thirds of retirees who rely on Social Security for a majority of their income, there is not a Social Security crisis, there is a retirement crisis. That is why we must preserve and enhance the one program Americans have always been able to count on.
October 14, 2014 Op-Ed and Letters
The La Brea tar pits preserve the pre-historic remains of mammals that were entangled in that quagmire and met their demise; even the mighty saber-tooth tiger found it was unable to extract itself from the tar pit that ultimately dragged it down to its death.
April 12, 2014 Op-Ed and Letters
This year marks the first time since 1983 that Pratt & Whitney will start production on more than 1,000 engines that will continue to ratchet up through 2017.