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The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

‘Divider in Chief’ has no class

When troubling times and events take place in America we have often looked to the president of the United States for reassuring words and to unite us.

The past few days have proved once and for all that President Donald J. Trump is not someone that anyone can look toward when it comes to any of those words, or to unify the country in any way, shape or form.

Forked Tongue

Congressmen financially unopposed

Seventeen years ago, this column offered congratulations to four of Connecticut’s six members of Congress for their “splendid victories” months before Election Day. This was possible because the four were financially unopposed by relative unknowns, and their reelection was certain. 

Trump tweets outdo Blumenthal aggrandizing

Since Sen. Richard Blumenthal represents Connecticut rather than Wyoming or West Virginia, his denouncing President Donald Trump and being denounced by the president in turn can only build support for him in his home state, where the president is poorly regarded.

Letters to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 8-11-17

Thoughts and emotions at newspaper’s closing

I heard the news that The Winsted Journal would soon no longer exist in its current form, and I immediately felt multiple feelings intensely, including pity and sadness, personally and professionally.

Being proactive about drug problem

The formation of an ad hoc task force on the opioid crisis and addiction, instigated by Selectmen Todd Arcelaschi at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Aug. 7, is a good way for the town to be proactive concerning its ongoing and very substantial problems with the opioid crisis.

At the meeting, Arcelaschi presented horrific statistics — national, statewide and local — concerning the crisis.

All of the statistics were quite disturbing, but the statistics on Winsted were probably the most disturbing of them all.

Living with the consequences of having no budget

This year Connecticut was joined by 10 other states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine, in failing to compromise on a budget in time for fiscal year 2017–2018, which started on July 1.

In the aftermath of such a failure, there remains uncertainty regarding how long the state can remain in economic limbo. Now, over one week into the month of August, the state is yet to solidify a budget, and residents of all ages and walks of life are being hit with the consequences of this legislative inefficiency. 

Pruitt

Should we use tax dollars to help this guy campaign?

Of the 20 or more candidates being mentioned in the open race for governor of Connecticut next year, it can be argued that one of the most experienced is the occasionally Hon. Joseph Ganim, the mayor of Bridgeport.

His experience has been, shall we say, mixed. He is running for governor for the second time, having unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in 1994, during the second of what would be nearly six consecutive terms as mayor.

Can the world defend itself from omnicide?

Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or for that rising fatality toll? Turning away from such warnings may reduce immediate tension or anxiety, but only weakens the public awareness and distracts us from addressing the great challenges of our time, such as calamitous climate change, pandemics, and the rise of a host of other self-inflicted disasters.

Here are some warnings about rising and looming risks.