The Winsted Journal Editorial

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.

Trump foolish pulling out of Paris Climate Accord

On Thursday, June 1, President Donald J. Trump announced that America would be pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord.

The agreement was originally adopted by countries within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015  at a meeting in Paris.

A total of 196 countries all over the world, including members of the European Union, signed onto the agreement.

Drug problems must be addressed

According to the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, deaths due to accidental drug intoxication in Connecticut have sharply increased over the past five years.

In 2012, drug deaths numbered 357; in 2015, the number was 729. Last year, 917 people died, including an 18-year-old from Winsted.

The deaths include those caused by heroin, morphine and/or codeine.

As you can see from the list of Winsted drug-related deaths on page A6 of this issue, drug addiction does not discriminate due to age, sex or color.

An imperfect town budget for imperfect times

Winsted’s annual town budget referendum will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Pearson School.

The proposed budget for fiscal 2017–2018 is $33,438,506, which is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s fiscal 2016–2017 budget of $33,101,174.

If passed, the mill rate will remain the same as last year at 33.7.

Thank you, John Dwan

On Thursday, May 4, John Dwan announced that Super Saver IGA, located at 372 Main St., will close for business.

In March, Dwan announced that he was going to retire and close the store after operating it for almost 36 years, starting back in August 1981.

While it is not a surprise that Dwan is retiring, it is a surprise to many residents that the store is being closed so quickly after his original announcement.