The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

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.

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.

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.”