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Freedom of Assembly and Speech in the Age of Trump: A learnable lesson for 2017?

Part 2 of 2

 

The following is a relevant, personal, cautionary tale from that time of McCarthyism and the Red Scare. In the 1950s, I got to know Princeton Professor J. Robert Oppenheimer (of Manhattan Project fame). A statistical wizard, he was quite a baseball fan and came to many a university game. Out of the blue one day, he asked me, “Would you please teach my 12-year-old daughter, Toni, how to play baseball?” 

Drug problems must be addressed

According to the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, deaths due to accidental drug intoxication in Connecticut have sharply increased over the past five years.

In 2012, drug deaths numbered 357; in 2015, the number was 729. Last year, 917 people died, including an 18-year-old from Winsted.

The deaths include those caused by heroin, morphine and/or codeine.

As you can see from the list of Winsted drug-related deaths on page A6 of this issue, drug addiction does not discriminate due to age, sex or color.

Clinton’s hyper-intelligent people couldn’t play the game of politics

It was the analytics, stupid.

To paraphrase the Bill Clinton 1992 campaign mantra reminding his staff to keep focused on the economy, in Hillary’s campaign, the focus was on the analytics, with quite a different result. 

Not Steroids

Writing about politics when the stories keep changing

Writing a weekly column often devoted to national politics when the story line changes every half hour can be something of a challenge. 

There was the sharing of intelligence with the Russians as TASS photographers recorded the event closed to the American press. 

Or the allegation that the former FBI chief has notes indicating President Trump tried to get him to walk away from investigating Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia and therefore, what Flynn — and Putin — may have on Trump. 

Letter to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 5-26-17

Legislature’s budget inaction hurts state

Our state government has the responsibility to fund its core functions and programs that support the businesses and residents of Connecticut. This should be the main focus of the legislative business that comes before the House of Representatives. To this point in the legislative session, much of the business that has been considered is far from it.

Freedom of Assembly and Speech in the Age of Trump: From McCarthyism in the 1950s to Trumpism today

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When President Donald Trump falsely accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his office during the 2016 election campaign, he called it “McCarthyism.” This was in reference to Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) who led the Cold War witch hunt for real or imagined Communist spies, agents, sympathizers and subversives while serving in the U.S. Senate from 1947 to 1957.

An imperfect town budget for imperfect times

Winsted’s annual town budget referendum will be held on Saturday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The Pearson School.

The proposed budget for fiscal 2017–2018 is $33,438,506, which is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s fiscal 2016–2017 budget of $33,101,174.

If passed, the mill rate will remain the same as last year at 33.7.

New President

Writing about politics when the stories keep on changing

Writing a weekly column often devoted to national politics when the story line changes every half hour can be something of a challenge. 

There was the sharing of intelligence with the Russians as TASS photographers recorded the event closed to the American press. 

Or the allegation that the former FBI chief has notes indicating President Trump tried to get him to walk away from investigating Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia and therefore, what Flynn — and Putin — may have on Trump.