Choosing battles


“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman ...”

— Thomas Paine, The Crisis No. I, December, 1776


Dissent is patriotic

On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

On that day, protests against Trump’s inauguration were held throughout the Northwest Corner, including separate protests in New Hartford and Torrington.

The day after the inauguration, Saturday, Jan. 21, the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., was held.

Be alert to your constitutional rights

As Americans watched a new president take the oath of office last week, thoughts about the rights and freedoms that transitioned along with the administration are inevitable. Will President Trump work to protect First Amendment rights, for instance, as most of those presidents who came before him have done? Or will he work to whittle away at them, to the benefit of those in power? 

Necessary, if unkind, cuts

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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.

Complicated and difficult, yes, but not boring

It’s been noted before in this space that while often disparaged or ignored, local planning and zoning can have a great effect on any community. Proof of this can be found in the Northwest Corner towns that have figured out how to use and adapt planning and zoning regulations to their advantage in the past year, as seen throughout the Year in Review pieces in last week’s Lakeville Journal.

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.

Welcoming a family that fled war

It takes courage and grit to live in a place like Aleppo, Syria, which we Americans see regularly in the international news as the violent center of that country’s continuing and almost incomprehensibly destructive civil war. But it also takes a special kind of courage to leave one’s home behind, ravaged though it may be, and travel with a young family to a new country where the language and culture are both very different from what was left behind.