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The Winsted Journal Editorial

Business networking event provides a positive boost

The Winsted Journal Editorial

Local business owners got a dose of positive medicine last week at The Gilbert School, where the Winchester Economic Development Commission and Friends of Main Street presented their much-anticipated Re-Inventing Your Business seminar.

Common ground still hard to find

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If you think the Winchester Board of Selectmen and Board of Education have found common ground and are working together well since the 2011 municipal election, you should think again. After all of the arguing over the minimum budget requirement (MBR) for the school system and the Board of Selectmen’s decision to fully fund it at $19.9 million, there are still points of contention that refuse to go away.

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Board of Selectmen’s MBR promise left unfulfilled

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Winsted has passed the three-month mark since its newest Board of Selectmen was elected last November, and one of the new regime’s most important promises to the community — fully funding the minimum budget requirement (MBR) for the town’s school system — has yet to be fulfilled.

Ninety days is a long time to wait for a plan to address crucial funding for the current school year — and time is growing shorter each day. The school year ends in less than four months, and the system is still technically underfunded by $1.3 million. Where is the town going to find the money?

What’s the holdup with the Board of Ed?

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The Winchester Board of Education’s poor reputation for getting information out quickly and accurately has been further tarnished this year, as board members continue to be unable to make a decision on the possible closure of a school in town. Inertia continues to plague the board, while residents wonder what will happen to their children’s teachers and class sizes in the 2012-13 school year.

Connecticut is drunk on ideas for revenue

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At a time when then nation’s economic crisis has states struggling to find innovative and enterprising ways to increase revenues, Connecticut politicians are showing their lack of imagination by considering measures that would increase the availability of alcohol and create a state-sponsored online gambling program.

Internet censorship is bad for America

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Internet users received good news this week when the White House announced its opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill that would allow for censorship of websites that link to pirated music, movies and TV shows. The fact that this legislation has gotten as far as it has should be unsettling to all Web users, as it would limit the exchange of vital information.

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Does freedom of assembly really exist in this country?

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Anyone who believes in the most basic of American freedoms outlined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights should have been surprised to find out in 2011 that the right to free assembly, outlined in the First Amendment, actually does not exist in many areas of the nation.

Restrooms are great, but we need more

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s visit to Winsted over the holiday break gave townspeople another reason to celebrate, as he announced Winsted has been approved for $125,000 in Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) funds to install permanent restrooms at the town’s popular baseball destination, Walker Field.

Let’s hope for a better 2012

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While 2011 wasn’t the worst year the town of Winchester has ever seen, Laurel City residents are not likely to look back on the year as one of the best in the town’s history. From three major storms and power outages to the recent loss of former Mayor Tony Cannavo and ongoing budget, infrastructure and school problems, it was a rough time for many of us. For those who made it through another difficult year, congratulations may be in order.

Is this a good time to call in the feds?

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With local Republicans asking the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of the Inspector General to investigate an audit of Winchester’s 2009-10 school budget, one has to wonder whether those still complaining are really trying to serve the best interests of the town.

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