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A word from the pastor

President Barack Obama made some odd comments at the National Prayer Breakfast held on Thursday, Feb. 5. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the majority of government and military opinions have accurately described various terrorist organizations by their dominant defining features as radical Islamic terrorists. In a misguided attempt to defend “ordinary” Muslims, President Obama has taken a course of action to remove any reference to these groups being Muslim or Islamic.

One board member’s thoughts on Region One shared services

I would like to share my personal perspective as board chair for the Salisbury Board of Education and thus a member of the All Boards Chairs (ABC) committee as to why the Region One Board of Education (R1) and the ABC are working on evaluating our current governance policy, the 7000 Series and how each school district employs a superintendent.

African Americans serving in the military

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A former board chair’s thoughts on Region One BOE issues

With all the focus on the Region One board, the ABC committee and a new hiring agreement, I thought I might weigh in as a former K-8 chair and Region One chair.

The long history of African Americans serving in the U.S. military

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During this Black History month, it is appropriate that tribute be paid to the many African-American soldiers who in past wars served their country and suffered not only the hardship of wartime service but also the prejudice of many of its citizens and military leaders.

A history of the Winsted Green

The hamlet of Winsted, in the eastern section of the town of Winchester, formed an ecclesiastical society in 1778 with the approval of the state’s General Assembly.

Granting of an ecclesiastical society gave the settlers power to tax to support the Congregational Church, in this case a meeting house, where matters religious and secular were discussed.

The original church was built in 1793 and located on Wallens Hill. After the Greenwoods Turnpike was built in 1799, the members of the society voted to move the church onto the new road, which connected with the turnpike.

On making a quintessential New England town more affordable

Salisbury has five historic village centers: Salisbury, Lakeville, Lime Rock, Amesville and Taconic. Downtown centers have a way of being vital when they are a mix of residential and commercial buildings. Today we have only two functional downtown areas, Lakeville and Salisbury. Over time, the town changes. 

We need to be kinder, fairer to our juveniles

In states across the country, juvenile justice systems are in need of reforming.  The U.S. has by far the highest juvenile detention and incarceration rate of any industrialized nation. Our juvenile correctional facilities are unsafe, expensive to operate and ineffective at reducing recidivism or preparing youth for a productive and successful future. Nearly 75 percent of incarcerated youth have not committed violent offenses. The majority of incarcerated young women are usually victims of childhood and sexual abuse, have become truant from school, or are chronic runaways.  

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Salt harms environment

Since the 1940s, salt has been used to keep winter roads free of ice and snow. It works by lowering the freezing point of water. In the United States alone, some 15 million tons of salt is applied to our roadways each year. While its use has real benefits in terms of safety and navigation, there have been cumulative costs to the environment.