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OPINION: From the devil’s workshop

OPINION: From the devil’s workshop

A few idle thoughts on an idle day:

I have yet to figure out how anyone can have a “perfect” phone call, since there are no rules or standards or scoring system for things like that. So anyone who claims a “perfect” phone call must be talking through his or her hat.

But it is possible to roll a perfect game in bowling — and that’s exactly what Southington seventh-grader Sean Buck did recently, a 300 game that makes him one of the youngest bowlers to achieve that milestone. 

So, in my book, that puts Sean one up an anyone who may have bragged about having made a “perfect” phone call.


That same unnamed person with the “perfect” call, by the way, is apparently planning to snatch away nearly $72.3 million that Congress had appropriated to build a new pier at Naval Submarine Base New London, so he can use it to help build his wall along the Rio Grande. That’s the same wall, by the way, that he promised, hundreds of times, Mexico was going to pay for. 

A new section of that wall in California, by the way, was knocked over Wednesday by a fierce 30-mph gust of wind. OK, I’ll concede that the concrete probably hadn’t had time to set yet, but it’s still and egg-on-face incident for the guy who just bragged about how fast his wall is going up.


But back to New London. I wonder what this will mean for our military posture, given that the new pier is needed to accommodate the larger Virginia-class submarines Electric Boat is building. And I wonder what the missing $72.3 million will mean for the economy of southeastern Connecticut — how many construction jobs would have been created, and so forth.

Maybe we’ll be lucky and Mexico will pay for the new pier.

(Please send all discouraging words to the email address below.)


Where was I? Oh, Meriden’s longstanding prohibition on tattoo and body piercing shops will end soon as the City Council has voted 9-1 to kill the ban, eliminating language that prevented such businesses from opening in commercial zones where other personal service businesses, such as barbershops and nail salons, are allowed. “It’s unnecessary,” City Planner Renata Bertotti said last week.

Probably just as well. The stigma against these businesses has long since faded away, and as long as they operate within whatever parameters the city or state has established, why not let people make a buck?


What else? Police drones, that’s what. Members of the Meriden police and fire departments are receiving training and certification to operate drones for search and rescue, suspect searches, accident reconstruction, fire investigations, and so forth. 

OK, that makes sense. But here’s hoping they’ll be used as genuine public-safety tools, and not just as toys for the boys in blue. Do the cops really need an eye in the sky? Maybe. And we want them to have all the tools they need. But how will people know whether that thing buzzing over their house is a police drone or just that pervy next-door neighbor? That is to say, privacy concerns are bound to arise.

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