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The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

The Trials of Denial Science and the Trump administration

Part 2

Eppur si muove

‘And yet it moves!” These are the words of Galileo, after torture by Pope Urban VIII and the Inquisition forced him to recant the idea that Earth moves around the Sun. Scripture said otherwise, and the Pope had a vested interest in that fiction. Galileo was slammed into house arrest in 1633. 

Life after Trump

Amid all the reports of chaos, the endless Twitter storms and the unseemly merchandise branding, President Donald Trump insists his administration is running like a “fine-tuned machine” after its first few weeks.

Right. And I claim to be a combination of James Bond and Boo Radley (suave yet sensitive), but nobody buys that either.

Mind the gap, please: the Medicare gap

If you haven’t realized it by now, Medicare has a lot of “gaps” in its coverage. In order to close that gap, various private insurance companies offer plans that cover a lot of out-of-pocket costs — for a price.

Restricting people’s use of their courts

In not-so-merry old medieval England, wrongful injuries between people either were suffered in silence or provoked revenge. Cooler heads began to prevail and courts of law were opened so such disputes over compensation and other remedies could be adjudicated under trial by jury.

Textiles, hosiery a part of Winsted’s history

The making of clothing, textiles, and hosiery was a very profitable business in Winsted. The town’s first clothier was reportedly David Marshall, who operated a fulling mill on Lake Street opposite Rockwell. The first knitting machines used in town were manufactured locally. 

Alva Nash’s Mill

The myth of Inhofe’s 97%

Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is the “Myth of the Climate Change 97 percent” mentioned by Sen. James Inhofe during recent confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump’s cabinet post nominations?

Rosemary R.

Clifton, N.J.

 

This is in reference to the argument made by climate skeptics who dispute the notion that 97 percent of climate scientists have achieved consensus that global warming is occurring and is caused by human activities. 

Gov. Malloy does right for transgender students

Despite all of the bickering and bashing of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy over his proposed biennial budget, it’s more than about time that we praised him for something his administration has done.

And that praise goes to an executive action that was announced by his office last week.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the administration of President Donald J. Trump withdrew federal protections for transgender students.

The protections were instituted through a directive back in May 2016 by the administration of then-President Barrack Obama.

E.Coli’s message to President Trump

The current troubling news reports from China are describing a major Avian Flu epidemic among huge flocks of chickens. Such epidemics have been worrisome to public health specialists because they could be the precursor of transmission to humans and a possible global pandemic. Since President Trump is developing his policy against “terrorism,” I’m reproducing below a fictional letter from E.coli 0104:H4 to his predecessor that highlights the big leagues of terrorism against innocents by deadly bacteria and viruses. I re-submit this letter to President Trump:

Open and transparent government is important

Toward the end of the Board of Education’s budget workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 15, Winchester School District Receiver Freeman Burr asked board members to email him recommendations and suggestions for the district’s proposed fiscal 2017-2018 budget.

While the board does not have any authority to vote on or determine a proposed budget because of the state’s receivership of the school district, Burr said that he would take budget recommendations from board members into consideration.