The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Hardware and plating

The making of hardware and plating was a hugely successful industry in Winsted. In addition to the large manufacturers, several noteworthy smaller concerns included Markham & Strong, a brass works founded in 1866, and Puritan Manufacturing, which was purchased T.C. Richard’s Hardware. 

The presidential summer of ‘46

We didn’t know it at the time, but the summer of 1946 has turned out to have been a rather significant season in American history. Between June 14 and Aug. 19 of that first postwar summer, three of the first Baby Boomers were born, and all three grew up to be president.

The last arrived first. Donald Trump was born in Jamaica, N.Y., on June 14 to Frederick Trump, a real estate developer, and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, a Scottish immigrant who came to America at 18 and worked as a housemaid. 

Free speech: Banned in Berkeley

There really isn’t much difference between burning books and banning speakers. Either way, it amounts to the same thing — censoring ideas that don’t comport with your world view.

Are too many drivers asleep at the wheel?

I recently returned from the April 13 World Traffic Safety Symposium at the New York International Automobile Show, a discussion about The Future of Automotive Mobility — Autonomous Vehicle Safety.

The momentum toward more- and fully autonomous cars is inevitable, and safety is the justification. The “how to” deserves a look. The grim statistics are not numbers; those numbers are people. 

It’s about bringing your Congress back home, citizens

The large marches, in Washington, D.C., and around the country, calling attention to importance of science and focusing on the calamitous impacts of climate change  had impressive turnouts. But the protests would have been more productive if they concentrated more — in their slogans and signs — on 535 politicians to whom we have given immense power to influence policies relating to those issues, for ill or for good.

I’m speaking of Congress.

Letters to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 5-5-17

Winsted Health Center responds to CH&W claims

On behalf of the Winsted Health Center staff and board of directors, we would like to clear up some apparent misconceptions with regard to our role in Community Health and Wellness Center’s plan to vacate our facility on Spencer Street for a “larger and more accessible location.”

Earth Day should be every day

Over the past two issues we have been covering organizations and groups dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment along with events celebrating the environment.

In this week’s issue we publish articles about the Colebrook Land Conservancy and Barkhamsted’s Earth Day celebration.

In last week’s issue we published articles about Winsted’s Earth Day cleanup, the New Hartford Land Trust and the Winchester Land Trust.

NRA World

Attorney took wrong strategy with P&Z

On April 10, Winsted’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted 3-2 to reject a special permit application by Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington to move its health center to 372 Main St., the current location of Winsted Super Saver IGA.

On April 18, in response to the decision, attorney Joseph Williams of Shipman & Goodwin, who represents the organization, sent a letter to Commission Chairman Craig Sanden and the town demanding that the commission reverse its decision.

What are the super-rich Democrats waiting for?

Democratic Party loyalists are always complaining about the big-money fat cats behind the Republican Party’s candidates and platform. Over the last few election cycles, the Democratic Party has lost most state legislatures, governorships, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House. Republican control of the Senate is also leading to control of the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for Democrats to up the ante big time!