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The Winsted Journal Editorial

No more words

This is the final issue of The Winsted Journal.

After 21 years of publication, the contents of The Winsted Journal, along with articles and news pertaining to our coverage area, will be folded into The Lakeville Journal.

Over the past 21 years, through thick and thin, The Winsted Journal has covered the good, bad and everything in-between.

‘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.

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.

Lambert Kay: the art of not giving up

After many years of plans that never came to fruition, vigorous debates and arguments about a direction for the property, along with critical editorials from this newspaper, the former Lambert Kay property was sold to Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services in Unionville by the town on Thursday, July 20 at a special town meeting.

While there were not too many residents at the special town meeting, they all seemed to be very enthusiastic about the company’s plans for the building. 

Thank you, Joseph FireCrow

Winsted resident and nationally renowned musician Joseph FireCrow died on July 11.

He was originally from the city of Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana, but for over the past 20 years both he and his wife, Joann, called Winsted home.

In his musical career, FireCrow won a Grammy award and seven Native American Music Awards (NAMA), including the NAMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. 

During his time in Connecticut, FireCrow gave much of his time to performing at benefits for various causes and charities.

Fight for health care is a fight for people’s lives

As this issue of The Winsted Journal goes to press, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the delay of the Senate’s recess to the third week in August in order to work on a health care reform bill to change the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Back in May, the House of Representatives passed a repeal and replace measure for the ACA. However, the measure has not been approved by the Senate.

We remain divided, but still united

This past Tuesday, July 4, Independence Day was celebrated across the nation, including in the Northwest Corner.

People, including towns and cities, all celebrated the 241st anniversary of the founding of America with parades, concerts, fireworks and outdoor barbecues.

It was, in some ways, a timeout from thinking about the fragile times that we are currently living in, both politically and socially.

July 4 also marked the 165th day in office for President Donald J. Trump.

Graduates: Time to make the world a better place

On Friday, June 23, both Northwestern Regional High School and The Gilbert School held their commencement ceremonies, sending out members of the class of 2017 into the world.

At both ceremonies there was a sense of optimism because the graduating seniors all completed their long journey by earning a high school diploma.

For the graduates, now comes a whole new journey of adulthood and dealing with responsibilities, including finding employment or earning a college degree and moving on with their lives.

Residents should approve Lambert Kay proposal

And so here we are again, after all these years, the town considering yet another proposal for the former Lambert Kay building, located at 32 Lake St.

Winsted residents have been through this before, over and over again so many times, with prospective suitors submitting proposals to repurpose the property.

And, over and over again for many years, residents and town officials had to deal with bitter disappointment due to the fact that each proposal fell through for various reasons.

Alleged crime does not reflect on Gilbert as a whole

As we go to press with this issue of The Winsted Journal, the Winchester Police Department is investigating an incident at The Gilbert School which involved tainted homemade cupcakes that were distributed at the school on Wednesday, June 7.

By now you probably have read various news articles and social media posts about the alleged incident.

Despite what has been written, we need to emphasize the word alleged, because as of press time no one has been arrested or charged with anything.