The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Black Lung

How Donald Jr. is like, and not like, Mama Rose

The fascinating events of last week involving President Trump’s, son, son-in-law, then-campaign manager and various Russian operatives brings to mind Stephen Sondheim’s lyric from the 1959 Broadway musical, “Gypsy.”

“Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone,” is sung to a gentleman caller interested in the talents of one of stage mother Rose’s children. Her enthusiasm for this Mr. Goldstone is not unlike the gratitude expressed to Rob Goldstone, the Kremlin messenger, by Donald Trump Jr. on being told he had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The Paris agreement and Connecticut

There was nationwide backlash to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement at the beginning of June. Connecticut promptly joined 12 states and Puerto Rico to vow to continue to uphold the agreement’s principles. This bipartisan coalition of states, called the United States Climate Alliance (USCA), aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 and meet the targets set by the Clean Power Plan, an Obama administration initiative.

Wiremaking in Winsted

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.

The destructive power trips of Amazon’s boss

For his smallish stature, Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos has a booming, uproarious laugh. Unleashed during work days, its sonic burst startles people, given it comes from as harsh and driven a taskmaster as exists on the stage of corporate giantism.

Is Bezos outward giddiness a worrisome reflection of what he’s feeling on the inside? Is he laughing at all of us?

Alpha Dogs

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.