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The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Post-presidential election forensics 2016

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election caught many of us by considerable surprise, together with practically every political pollster and guru from one end of the country to the other. Did we misjudge the thinking of half the voters in the nation?  

So it seemed useful recently to make use of a “snowbird” car trip from New England to Florida to find out. Herewith is an anecdotal sampling of post-election voter commentary and opinion along the way:

Animals to humans: Listen and learn

I have long wondered what the animal kingdom — mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects — would want to tell us humans if we and the animals had a common language?

Keep businesses in town: Shop local this season

Over the past few years online shopping websites have grown into a resource for consumers looking for deals and bargains.

These websites have evolved and developed into a convenient way for people to shop and purchase items by pointing a mouse cursor on a button and pressing “click.” 

Years ago it would take days for someone to receive an order from one of these shopping websites, but now shoppers can receive their orders usually in two days, sometimes even sooner.

Supreme Court always changes, often surprises

It’s a journalism tradition. 

Whenever the party out of power elects a president, we write about the next president changing the ideological complexion of the Supreme Court for the next generation or so. Then we add the usual caveat that Court appointees often disappoint their presidents, with a good story or two to prove the point.

So why should I be different? 

From the floor of the NYSE

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Our thanks

In this and all holiday seasons, volunteers are always welcome and needed.

While sometimes they cannot be readily seen, there are always people who are in need in the Northwest Corner, including the homeless population, those who cannot afford to buy a nutritious meal and those who cannot afford to pay for medicine. 

In this week’s Winsted Journal, we profile several community organizations and volunteers who have all stepped up to help others.

Which Trump will we have?

Optimists are hoping for a Trump makeover. They cling to his brief victory remarks suggesting that he wants to be the “president of all the people.” In his “60 Minutes” interview following the election, Trump said the protestors were out in the streets because “they do not know me.” They recall his statement some months ago that he had to say outlandish things in order to get greater media attention and reach more people than his Republican primary competitors.

We, the people, don’t really pick our president every four years

It’s good to see the two people most intimately involved in next month’s meeting of the Electoral College have had similar views on that institution’s place in our democracy.

After the 2000 election, the first in 112 years that saw the winner of the popular vote lose the presidency, Hillary Clinton said, “It’s time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president.”

Reflections on the potential destruction of the military commissions and the fate of the 9/11 case

Part 2 of 3

In Part 1 of this series, Church depicted the destructive intrusions by the FBI and the CIA into the military commission proceedings in the 9/11 and U.S.S. Cole cases; this week’s column will focus solely on the CIA.

Holiday Turkey