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Tea-Party fanaticism is mob psychology deprived of reality

In The Public Interest

Legislating while under the influence of ideological inebriation is not yet a statutory offense. It is only a multi-directional menace to much of what anxious Americans hold dear for themselves and their children.
The dominant Republicans in Congress — both the new and many of the longer-term incumbents — are in heat. It is as if a mob psychology has seized them, starved them of facts and deprived them of reality. Their chief mad dog is Eric Cantor, he of the sneering soundbites so memorably described in a recent Washington Post column by Dana Milbank.

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History of the Old Newgate Coon Club

Historic Bytes

On Oct. 28, 1897, five men from the Turkey Hills section of Granby started out for the Hubbard River (the old name for the East Branch of the Farmington River) in Hartland Hollow to hunt coons.
Why they didn’t hunt the several good hunting areas in and around Granby nobody will ever know, but they nevertheless made the decision to hunt in Hartland.

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I believe in open government

Town Manager’s Note

One of the philosophies that I espoused to the Board of Selectmen upon my arrival in Winsted was my strong belief in open and transparent government. Residents need to be confident that governmental functions and activities are conducted properly and with the best interests of the town in mind. Without that confidence, government deteriorates into an ugly cycle of skepticism and distrust.

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Nuclear industry ignores red flags

Guest Commentary

In June, the Associated Press (AP) released a four-part series of investigative reports on the re-licensing of nuclear power plants.
The findings are dismal: Nuclear reactors rarely comply with the original safety and operating standards set by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Instead, 30- to 40-year-old reactors continue running as regulators adjust the safety standards to accommodate the nuclear industry or neglect to enforce standards at all.

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Malloy warmly received by business community

The Winsted Journal Editorial

One of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s several visits to Litchfield County since being elected less than a year ago came Tuesday, July 19, at the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Torrington offices. Despite all the bellyaching that goes on in closed circles about the governor’s decision to raise certain taxes and fees, Malloy received a warm welcome, and the outpouring of friendliness was more than just lip service.

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Five steps to a vibrant Winsted

Town Manager's Note

I have been reading about the history of Winchester since my arrival three months ago. Many people have provided a variety of books and studies that describe the growth and development of Winchester and Winsted. I am sure that many current residents are unfamiliar with the history of our town. I have much to learn myself (and I look forward to learning).
As much as the past is intriguing, it can only provide a framework for how we got to today. Our challenge is to determine where we will go tomorrow. So, from my perspective as town manager, what does our tomorrow hold?

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CNBC TV

Editorial Cartoon

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Solving the so-called Social Security crisis

Insight

Aren’t we making undue heavy weather over the alleged solvency or insolvency of Social Security, Medicare and the nation? Are we not overlooking the obvious? Let’s have a closer look at the facts, and apply a few principles of democratic equity and fairness.
Social Security, introduced under FDR in 1935, fiercely defended by Eisenhower in 1956 and declared a sacred trust by Obama in 2011, is fully solvent, “in the black,” now and for two decades to come, even if we don’t tweak it.
Yes, we could raise the retirement age above 65; that’s a discussion worth having on its own merits.

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Getting the job done for students

If You Ask Me

In his five years as superintendent of Hartford’s schools, all Steven Adamowski did was close bad schools, open small, specialized academies, institute longer school days, slash an expensive, unproductive bureaucracy, improve test scores, raise the high school graduation rate from an embarrassing 29 percent to 52 percent, put students in uniforms and fight with the teachers union.

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Historic humor, part II

Historic Bytes

Another horse story concerns the farmer who loaded his wagon and drove to the neighboring town to sell his produce. Soon a customer came by, the owner of a store who had done business with the farmer on previous occasions.
“What are you selling today?”
The farmer whispered in his ear, “Oats.”
“Why the secrecy?” asked the merchant.
“S-s-sh,” breathed the farmer. “Not so loud. I don’t want the horse to hear.”
Colebrook used to abound with stories about Clarence Stotts, the owner-operator of the Colebrook Store. Stottsie was a good man, but not the most astute store owner.

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