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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. 

Letter to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 5-19-17

Spotlight on the decline of mental health services in the NW Corner

The losing warfare state

The U.S.A. is still bogged down in Afghanistan (the 16-year occupation is the longest in American history) and in Iraq (since the unconstitutional, illegal invasion of the country 14 years ago).

With about 30,000 poorly equipped fighters, the Taliban has held down a U.S.-equipped and trained Afghan army eight times larger, plus the U.S. forces — fluctuating from 100,000 at its peak to 8,500 now, plus contractors — with advanced air, sea and land weaponry  that is second to none.

Tall Comey

Leaks, from the first to the worst

Leaks have always been with us. Politicians and government officials have been leaking information to reporters throughout American history. The practice is, in fact, older than the nation itself. The leak is and always has been an essential part of our democracy, no matter what you’re hearing today.

I will mention some notable leaks in our history, but concentrate on two, the first and the worst. These are not to be confused with the criminal, computer leaks of the Assanges, Snowdens and their ilk.

Thank you, John Dwan

On Thursday, May 4, John Dwan announced that Super Saver IGA, located at 372 Main St., will close for business.

In March, Dwan announced that he was going to retire and close the store after operating it for almost 36 years, starting back in August 1981.

While it is not a surprise that Dwan is retiring, it is a surprise to many residents that the store is being closed so quickly after his original announcement.