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Remembering the O’Reilly who didn’t do fires

The day Bill O’Reilly was fired, a former colleague at Channel 3 News in Hartford asked if I recalled any sexual harassment allegations during O’Reilly’s very brief time with us as a reporter/anchor decades ago.

I said I didn’t. Our differences with O’Reilly were purely journalistic. 

Earth Day March for Science in Washington: Think like a proton

Steady rain, soggy fields, sharp-pointed umbrella ribs, and long lines at security checkpoints failed to dampen the spirits of the 12,000 or so participants in the March for Science in Washington, D.C., on Earth Day, April 22. 

Municipal elections: November is not too far away …

This year is, for many of the towns in our coverage area, the year when a municipal election will be held in November.

A municipal campaign is more than politicians grandstanding at parades and festivals, shaking people’s hands and kissing babies while they try to win votes.

It is also much more than a chance for people to show off fancily designed signs on their lawn.

A municipal campaign is really a chance for a town to determine its future direction and to elect people who they feel will lead them in that direction.

Letter to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 4-21-17

P&Z made wrong decision

It is my opinion that the Planning and Zoning Commission members based their neglectful decision April 10 on pre-conceived emotions and personal opinion.

Their decisions and conclusions are required to be based on facts and the outlined regulations of planning and zoning. 

They have now set a terrible precedent that we in Winsted will dictate how, when, why and where and  to whom a business owner can sell. 

Finito la comedia

Anyone who has a slight appreciation toward circus, vaudeville or slapstick should have loved Trump. I did. From the moment he announced his intention to run as the president of the United States of America, shall we say, he was sort of enjoyable? 

There was something nutty about his behavior, that he appeared to be a gold mine for satirists searching for fresh material. Oh, just watching his expressions was priceless, the way he moved his mouth sideways, the way he rolled his eyes and the way he pulled his hair back. Oh, yes, the hair. 

Malloy still has strength and time to slow state’s long fall

Announcing so far ahead of the next election that he will not seek a third term, Governor Malloy risks losing influence with the General Assembly, which has only begun the first of its two sessions remaining during his term. 

But even as a “lame duck” the governor can preserve his influence if he is willing to use or threaten to use his veto more aggressively. And by forswearing re-election, he has given himself more freedom to do things that strike him as impolitic but right or necessary.

Wide open race for dubious prize: governor

It’s probably just a coincidence that Dan Malloy announced he would not seek reelection the day after a national survey determined he had the third-worst approval rating of all 50 governors and was the least popular Democratic governor in the United States.

The governor said his low approval rating wasn’t a factor and that he had never been afraid of taking unpopular stands, and we’ll take him at his word. 

Fine Print

Connecticut has real income tax, fake spending cap

This summer, Connecticut will celebrate — or maybe “observe” is the better verb — the 25th anniversary of the state income tax.

And in November, we’ll be marking the 24th anniversary of the amendment to the state Constitution that was designed to make everyone feel better about the income tax — the state spending cap.

The income tax was real, but the spending cap turned out to be a fake.

The savings and stability of public banking

As a society obsessed with money, we pay a gigantic price for not educating high school and college students about money and banking. 

The ways of the giant global banks — both commercial and investment operations — are as mysterious as they are damaging to the people. Big banks use the Federal Reserve to maximize their influence and profits.