The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Tripwires for the Trumpsters

The Trumpsters are coming to town — led by a failed gambling czar, corporate welfare king and major tax escapee — and they are hell bent on unmaking Washington, D.C.

State cuts to education are wrong and cruel

On Dec. 29, the state announced a total of $50 million in cuts to aid to municipalities through its Local Capital Improvement Program and Educational Cost Sharing Program (ECS).

The cuts were announced by Benjamin Barnes, secretary of the state’s Office of Policy and Management.

Harry Truman, a president for his time and for our time

Just before Christmas, The Wall Street Journal had a piece on presidential oral histories, a relatively rare species that tends to range from revealing to self-serving.

But the story, which selected the best of the bunch, recalled a forgotten favorite of mine, “Plain Speaking,” the blunt reminiscences of an aging Harry Truman as told to the novelist and biographer Merle Miller. 

The trials of denial

Part I


The newly appointed head of the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, does not accept the evidence for carbon-based climate change. Many members of Congress are climate skeptics, as is President-elect Trump, who called it a hoax. Against the podium pounders of climate denial, it may be a lonely quest, but let me ask: what is the evidence that the “hoax” is instead a real threat?

Letters to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 1-5-17

FCC resignation threatens all U.S. communications

Decision time for peace

Dear President Obama:

On November 28, 2016, Jimmy Carter, the President who negotiated the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978, wrote an op ed piece for the New York Times titled, “America Must Recognize Palestine.” His urgent plea was directed to you to take “the vital step…to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership,” before you leave office on January 20, 2017.

A look forward to 2017

This is the last issue of The Winsted Journal for 2016. Nationally, the year will probably be best remembered for a very cutthroat and oftentimes angry presidential election.

The campaign leading up to the election was very divisive when it came to many social issues.

Even almost two months after the election, those divisions remain and apparently will continue on into the new year.

Locally, 2016 will be remembered for the seeds of economic growth being planted in the Northwest Corner.

Trump brings back the Big Lie

This is how the Trump transition team responded to the CIA’s determination that Russia intervened in the election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

“These are the same people who said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s time to move on and make America great again.” 

Well, not exactly. 

Trump trumpets his real plans

Even for a failed gambling czar, Donald Trump has been surprisingly quick to show his hand as he sets the course of his forthcoming presidency. With a reactionary fervor, he is bursting backwards into the future. He has accomplished this feat through the first wave of nominations to his Cabinet and White House staff.