The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Being thankful

One morning, like any other, in December, I was lulled awake by my clock radio and my favorite public station. I took my time, as I had taken the day off, and enjoyed the warmth and comfort of my beautiful bed with a great mattress, clean sheets, and fluffy comforter. I got up, used my indoor plumbing, and made hot tea, with sugar and fresh milk, and I climbed back in bed and watched my favorite morning show on TV. When my dog finally woke up, we took a walk outside through the beautiful lawns and gardens of the six acres where I live.

We’ve elected the last of the draft-ducking presidents

Next Friday, Jan. 27, is the forty-fourth anniversary of the day the United States stopped drafting young men into the armed forces. It happened one week after the second inauguration of Richard Nixon, the Navy veteran/president who ended the draft. 

The anniversary comes one week after the inauguration of Donald Trump, probably the last of three presidents who managed, one way or another, to avoid the draft.

Culture: What’s in store for us?

Part 2 of 2


Anthropologists have conducted thousands of studies of the great apes, concluding that they are inventive and have traits akin to memory behavior (how to peel fruit for example). But they cannot imitate each other; they do not understand the benefit of sharing, unless trained to do so in human environments (zoos and research labs). In the wild, the great apes cannot innovate or imitate. 

Letter to the editor 1-13-17

Nader is wrong about Trump


This letter is in response to Ralph Nader’s continued attacks on now President-elect Donald J. Trump. I am looking forward to Trump coming into the White House as president.

I hope President Trump will hold a rally and meeting in Litchfield County, specifically Winsted, where he won the county and the town in majority votes. 

Open letter to Attorney General Lynch

Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

News outlets are reporting that you are about to settle the criminal case with Takata airbag defect case for nearly $1 billion and the Volkswagen emissions cheating case for $4 billion.

On the VW case, The New York Times reported that “the company or one of its corporate entities is expected to plead guilty to criminal charges as part of the deal.”

Killing the Affordable Care Act will kill people

After many years of planning and work, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted by Congress on March 23, 2010.

The act is also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — more commonly referred to as Obamacare.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, since ACA was enacted, the uninsured rate in Connecticut has fallen by 34 percent, with 110,000 state residents gaining insurance coverage.

From the Land of Steady Habits to a state of decline

Connecticut, the longtime Land of Steady Habits, has turned into a state of decline. 

The decline comes in many forms from many causes. But the biggest is in people. More of them are going from than coming to Connecticut for a third year in a row, the shrinking Hartford Courant told its readers on Christmas morning. From July 2015 to July 2016, “the net outmigration was 29,880, more than twice as many as five years earlier.” Forty-two states increased their population in that period. Connecticut is one of the other eight.

Letter to the editor 1-6-17

Mayor remembers 2016

As we begin 2017, I want to take a moment to thank the members of the community for all of your contributions to Winsted this past year.

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.