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The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

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.

Driverless Cars: Hype, Hubris and Distractions

The hype and unsubstantiated hope behind the self-driving car movement continues unabated, distracting from addressing necessities of old “mobilities” such as inadequate public transit and upgrading highway and rail infrastructure.

At a conference on driverless cars sponsored by the George Washington University Law School earlier this month, the legal landscape of unresolved problems and unasked questions were deliberated for a full day.

Burial of a radioactive bill

Connecticut is heavily reliant on nuclear power. Never mind that long-term forever storage of high level radioactive waste has yet to be solved, many continue to argue that nuclear energy is the least expensive and most environmentally friendly energy source.

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Letters to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 6-30-17

Patriots welcome

On Tuesday, July 4, our great nation will celebrate Independence Day, a watershed in human history. This is the day in which America not only declared her independence, but set us off on the path toward a more just and free society.  

This is a day worth celebrating, not just with flags, food and fireworks, but with an appreciation for the Declaration of Independence itself, which is the great, basic document that freed our country and declared that “all men are created equal.” 

Freedom requires a declaration

Nations are created by civil strife, military rebellion, acts of heroism and acts of treachery. The origin of the United States included them all. This was unique, not only in its impact on the course of world history and the growth of democracy, but also because it all started in one document: the Declaration of Independence.

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.

Earth-friendly alcohol

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in greener booze? Are there any good organic beers, wines or liquors out there?

Mike Richardson

Norwalk, Ohio

 

Perhaps no other industry has responded to the greening of consumer preferences quite like beverage producers. From wine to beer to spirits, greener choices made from local and organic ingredients and packaged in lighter-weight containers abound. Indeed, getting a buzz on has never felt so good.

A big lie in a small newspaper that launched McCarthyism

Dick Ahles

On Feb. 10, 1950, a West Virginia daily newspaper innocently printed what may have been the biggest lie up to that time in modern American history. This big lie in that small paper endures because it taught the politically ambitious that a big lie or two could take you far, like the more recent big lie about the birthplace of a president that paved the teller’s way to his own presidency.