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History of Guantanamo Bay

Historic Bytes

We hear of Guantanamo in the news frequently these days, and probably will for the foreseeable future, but what is its history; why do we own it?
For Europeans, the first mention is by Columbus, who anchored there on his second trip to the New World in April 1494. He was impressed enough by its geography that he named it Puerto Grande (large or impressive port).

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Small publications presenting big ideas

In The Public Interest

Among the vast daily news sources bidding for our readership, I find four little-heralded publications representing major causes worthy of attention.

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Little fanfare over state budget debate

The Winsted Journal Editorial

With almost all news being drowned out by Sunday’s slaying of international terror suspect Osama bin Laden, it would not be surprising if many people missed Tuesday’s state news, that the Connecticut Senate passed a two-year, $40.1 billion budget, in a deal reached between legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
It was an opportune week to push the economic passage through, as debate regarding the subject paled in comparison to the staggering details of the mission performed by U.S. Navy SEALs in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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How did I get to Winsted?

Town Manager’s Note

Last week I shared with you my background prior to my arrival in Winsted. So how did I get to Winsted?
After my termination from Davison, Mich., I made the decision that, based upon the terrible economic situation in Michigan, I would, for the first time in my career, look for employment in another state.

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Corporate traitors need a lesson in patriotism

In The Public Interest

It is time to apply the standard of patriotism to the U.S. multinational corporations and demand that they pledge allegiance to the United States and “the Republic for which is stands … with liberty and justice for all.” This July 4 would be good day for Americans to demand such a corporate commitment.

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Lighting up Colonial New England

Historic Bytes

The Pilgrims found the Native Americans using pine torches and immediately made use of this convenient mode of producing light in their homes. These torches were made of short sections of dry limbs with an exposed knot at one end. The extra resin in the knot would supply a brighter flame for a relatively long time.
Some of the poorer families used something called “candle-wood,” sections of old, dry pitch pine logs cut into lengths of about 8 inches; then the center was split into thin slices. The centers, like the knots, had a high concentration of pitch, or resin.

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We are on an unsustainable path

The Sheldon Richman Column

Reality has finally caught up with the ruling elite, and its members inside and outside government are in a panic. They have freely spent the taxpayers’ money for generations, building a corporatist warfare-welfare state, and when that wasn’t enough to finance their projects, they borrowed just as freely. For a long while it paid off handsomely in power and wealth, but now even they realize things can’t go on as they have for so long.

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Lawsuit would be bad for Winsted

The Winsted Journal Editorial

This week’s public announcement that the Winchester Board of Education is threatening to sue the Board of Selectmen for underfunding the school system is yet another example of poor judgment by town and school officials, who have again been reduced to unproductive political squabblers rather than people who are working together to improve the town.

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Hello, Winsted!

Town Manager’s Note

Editor’s note: Winsted’s newest town manager, Dale Martin, has been on the job for less than three weeks and has agreed to write a regular column for The Winsted Journal to update readers on happenings at Town Hall. We’re pleased to present this first installment in what should be an enlightening and educational series.
Hello to all, and again, I would like to thank everyone for the wonderfully warm welcome that has been extended to me. I would also like to thank Michael Marciano, editor of The Winsted Journal, for the invitation to contribute a weekly column.

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What about the commons?

The Civic Beat

Next Thursday, April 28, at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, author and activist David Bollier, the co-founder of the Commons Strategy Group, which advocates the commons as a focus for economics, politics and culture, will talk about “The Theft of Our Common Wealth and the Rising International Commons Movement.” 
Bollier encourages us to see the world in a new way and to realize that many things belong to everyone — the Internet, water, human knowledge.

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