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Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-9-17

Honoring many on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is here and we gratefully and somberly recall the sacrifices that our soldiers have made throughout the decades and up to the present day to keep our country safe; freely sacrificing and giving up their own lives in the process.

Trump foolish pulling out of Paris Climate Accord

On Thursday, June 1, President Donald J. Trump announced that America would be pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord.

The agreement was originally adopted by countries within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015  at a meeting in Paris.

A total of 196 countries all over the world, including members of the European Union, signed onto the agreement.

End the greedy silence — enough already!

It is time Americans rise up against the corruption, inefficiency, and cruelty of our health care system and tell its corporate captors and Congress — enough already!

For decades other countries have guaranteed universal health insurance for all their people, at lower costs and better outcomes (President Truman proposed it 72 years ago in the United States). When are we going to break out of this taxpayer-subsidized prison built by the giant insurance companies, drug goliaths and monopolizing hospital chains?

Panhandlers

The left/right challenge to the failed ‘war on drugs’

More and more conservatives and liberals, from the halls of Congress to people in communities across the country, are agreeing that the so-called “war on drugs” needs serious rethinking.

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.