Category Archives: Published Articles

Crisis Presents Opportunities to Solve Problems (Letter to the Editor, by Ed Selender, published in the 6/10/20 Waterbury Replican American)

Many have already written about the injustice and ramifications of George’s Floyd’s brutal May 25 murder (May 27 Associated Press story, “Four Minneapolis officers fired after death of black man”). However, I wanted to add my two cents about where … Continue reading

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“If There Were Fewer Guns, U.S. Would Be a Safer Place” (Letter to the Editor, by Ed Selender, published in the 8/09/19 RepulicanAmerican in Waterbury, CT)

There has already been appreciable publicity about many people’s anger over what may have been The New York Times’ ill-conceived Aug. 6 headline “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.” But I strongly feel many of the Times’ detractors may be overemphasizing … Continue reading

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Getting Degrees Should be Priority for College Athletes (Letter to the Editor, by Ed Selender, published in the 6/22/19 RepulicanAmerican in Waterbury, CT)

In my March 31, 2016 letter, I wrote about how, while I was disappointed in the The University of Virginia (UVA) basketball program’s meltdown, when the team blew a 16-point lead, in it’s Elite 8 matchup against Syracuse University, I would … Continue reading

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‘Varsity Blues’ Issue Extends Far Beyond College Admissions (Letter to the Editor by Ed Selender, published 3/20/19, in Waterbury’s RepublicanAmerican. Abbreviated version also published in the 3/20/19 Connecticut Post under “A talk about honesty.”)

While the recent college-admissions scandal, dubbed Varsity Blues, raises troubling questions about the college-admissions process (March 13 Associated Press story, “College bribery scam busted: Hollywood stars among accused”), I feel the scandal has repercussions far beyond college admissions. As we … Continue reading

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Gun Violence is A ‘Multifaceted Problem’ for U.S. (Letter to the Editor, by Ed Selender, published in the 4/13/18 Waterbury RepublicanAmerican)

During the television coverage of the March 24 March for Our Lives rally, prompted by the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., one teacher from the school stated this is a “multifaceted problem.” I … Continue reading

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Olympics’ Message of Peace Critically Important Today (Letter to the Editor by Ed Selender, Published in Waterbury Republican American, 2/15/18)

As many know, the themes of The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony, entitled “Peace in Motion” were “harmony and convergence, and passion and peace,” according to NPR. Although these themes would be appropriate for any Olympics, which we have come … Continue reading

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On Boston, Charlottesville, Statues, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (By Ed Selender, 8/20/17, published as letter to the editor, in 8/27/17 Waterbury Republican American, as “Before defending statues, recall why they were erected” , and as letter in 9/4/17 New Haven Register as “Following King’s ‘Letter'”)

The majority of the approximately 40,000 counterprotesters in Boston, whom Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said “were [there] for the right reasons — that’s to fight bigotry and hate,” demonstrated an appreciation for the words of Martin Luther King Jr. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Healthcare Bill Collapse and Improving the Process to Fix Healthcare, by Ed Selender, July 20, 2017 (Abbreviated version published as Letter to the Editor, in 7/23/17 Waterbury Republican-American under “GOP lawmakers haven’t listened on health insurance”)

As someone with extensive experience in health insurance and Medicaid, in both the private and public sectors, I avidly followed the discussions surrounding Republicans’ attempt to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Now that the current Senate bill … Continue reading

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Compromise Preferable, Letter to the Editor, by Ed Selender, Published in June 21, 2017 Connecticut Post and in the 6/27/17 New Haven Register, under “Compromise is Preferable to Anarchy”

An editorial cartoon in the June 18 Connecticut Post perhaps best inencapsulates the irony of the atmosphere following the recent shooting at a Congressional Republicans baseball team practice. The cartoon depicts two handguns pointed at each other with the caption … Continue reading

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Trump’s Withdrawal from Climate Accord was Disappointing, letter to the editor by Ed Selender (published in the 6/8/17 Waterbury Republican American)

It is with profound disappointment and surprise that I read about President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord (June 2 Associated Press story). This is the wrong decision with respect to the environment and … Continue reading

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