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The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Textiles, hosiery a part of Winsted’s history

The making of clothing, textiles, and hosiery was a very profitable business in Winsted. The town’s first clothier was reportedly David Marshall, who operated a fulling mill on Lake Street opposite Rockwell. The first knitting machines used in town were manufactured locally. 

Alva Nash’s Mill

The myth of Inhofe’s 97%

Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is the “Myth of the Climate Change 97 percent” mentioned by Sen. James Inhofe during recent confirmation hearings on President Donald Trump’s cabinet post nominations?

Rosemary R.

Clifton, N.J.

 

This is in reference to the argument made by climate skeptics who dispute the notion that 97 percent of climate scientists have achieved consensus that global warming is occurring and is caused by human activities. 

Gov. Malloy does right for transgender students

Despite all of the bickering and bashing of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy over his proposed biennial budget, it’s more than about time that we praised him for something his administration has done.

And that praise goes to an executive action that was announced by his office last week.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the administration of President Donald J. Trump withdrew federal protections for transgender students.

The protections were instituted through a directive back in May 2016 by the administration of then-President Barrack Obama.

E.Coli’s message to President Trump

The current troubling news reports from China are describing a major Avian Flu epidemic among huge flocks of chickens. Such epidemics have been worrisome to public health specialists because they could be the precursor of transmission to humans and a possible global pandemic. Since President Trump is developing his policy against “terrorism,” I’m reproducing below a fictional letter from E.coli 0104:H4 to his predecessor that highlights the big leagues of terrorism against innocents by deadly bacteria and viruses. I re-submit this letter to President Trump:

Open and transparent government is important

Toward the end of the Board of Education’s budget workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 15, Winchester School District Receiver Freeman Burr asked board members to email him recommendations and suggestions for the district’s proposed fiscal 2017-2018 budget.

While the board does not have any authority to vote on or determine a proposed budget because of the state’s receivership of the school district, Burr said that he would take budget recommendations from board members into consideration.

Bourbon Latte

We’re running out of sins to tax in Conn.

Over the years, sin has been very profitable for the State of Connecticut, especially the varieties that attract large numbers of sinners. But we may be running low on sins suitable for taxation.

The wages of sin that come to the state’s coffers range from the traditional sin taxes on tobacco and alcohol to the more modern sources of sinful revenue provided by the legalization of lotteries, casinos, off-track betting parlors, charitable games and even the more exotic and less successful forays into jai alai frontons and a greyhound racing track.

Trump and the Constitution

President Trump’s recent executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries has provoked outrage and protests on the left, and approval, mostly, from the right. Trump supporters see the executive order as fulfilling a hallmark campaign promise and protecting the United States from the threat of terrorism.

Malloy’s budget proposal gets education funding all wrong

It continues to be troubling to see how, when faced with deficits and budgetary problems, the state either makes or proposes to make cutbacks in educational funding to towns.
Back in late December, the state announced cutbacks in state aid to municipalities through its Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) program.
On Feb. 8, in his proposed biennial budget for the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) included various cuts in ECS funding for towns in the Northwest Corner.

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Medicare: Why you need more than Parts A and B

Medicare costs jumped 3.4 percent last year. Drug prices gained a whopping 11 percent. Medicare parts A and B do not cover prescriptions, and the gap between what it does cover and your out-of-pocket expenses could break you.

Last week, while walking Titus, our chocolate Lab, I bumped into a fellow dog walker. I’ll call him Abe. Abe is retired and on a tight budget. In an effort to save money, he elected not to acquire the prescription-drug insurance called Medicare Part D.