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End land mines

In The Public Interest

Every day around the world innocent people, many of them children, are killed or injured by millions of unexploded land mines and cluster bombs. Some of the cluster bomblets look like candy or a toy, which attract a child in a field, orchard, schoolyard or by the roadside.
Powerful aggressor nations are responsible for most of these anti-personal weapons being laid from land or by air. Most recently, Libya’s rulers laid mines on the outskirts of Ajdabiya as part of its battle against the resistance.

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Letters to the Editor May 19

Day of Caring a success
On Saturday, April 30, about 75 volunteers came together to help “care” for the Girl Scout Camp Maria Pratt. United Way Day of Caring has been an annual event in Northwest Connecticut since 1986.
This year, we have decided to hold two Day of Caring events, the first one designed to help clean up the Camp Maria Pratt for both the Girl Scouts summer camp program and Camp MOE.

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Developing goals for the community

Town Manager's Note

In my previous communities, I worked with the governing board to develop a series of goals and objectives. These goals are designed to serve two principal purposes.
First, they provide the Board of Selectmen a basis upon which to evaluate my performance. As part of each goal, a specific measure to determine success or failure is included.

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Where’s the audit?

The Winsted Journal Editorial

Several weeks ago, a special risk-based audit of the Winchester school district’s financial system was requested and approved by the Board of Selectmen. As spring turns to summer, residents are rightfully wondering why the audit has not been completed.

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From charity to justice: bigwigs meet in New York

In The Public Interest

On the evening of May 4, a day before he was to join dozens of billionaires convened by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Phoenix, Ariz., to discuss how they might spend over half their wealth for “good works,” media entrepreneur, peace advocate and environmentalist Ted Turner joined another billionaire, Peter B. Lewis (chairman of Progressive Insurance) and me at the New York Public Library to discuss a similar topic. C-SPAN covered the event.

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Airline pilot allowed to make anonymous racist statement

The Winsted Journal Editorial

It is understandable that transportation officials would be on high alert for Islamic terrorists following the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this month, but a sign that vigilance can turn to racism, even among the most skilled and educated people in the world, came this week when a commercial airline pilot refused to take off with two Muslim religious leaders aboard.

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A background in emergency management is useful in a leadership position

Town Manager’s Note

One of my professional interests in addition to city government is emergency management. While in Michigan, I participated in a series of training events, both classroom and online, with the Michigan State Police and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
This training culminated with a day-long examination, one of the most difficult tests that I had ever taken. I passed the examination and earned the designation of professional emergency manager.

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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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