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Airline pilot allowed to make anonymous racist statement

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It is understandable that transportation officials would be on high alert for Islamic terrorists following the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this month, but a sign that vigilance can turn to racism, even among the most skilled and educated people in the world, came this week when a commercial airline pilot refused to take off with two Muslim religious leaders aboard.

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Little fanfare over state budget debate

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With almost all news being drowned out by Sunday’s slaying of international terror suspect Osama bin Laden, it would not be surprising if many people missed Tuesday’s state news, that the Connecticut Senate passed a two-year, $40.1 billion budget, in a deal reached between legislative leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
It was an opportune week to push the economic passage through, as debate regarding the subject paled in comparison to the staggering details of the mission performed by U.S. Navy SEALs in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Lawsuit would be bad for Winsted

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This week’s public announcement that the Winchester Board of Education is threatening to sue the Board of Selectmen for underfunding the school system is yet another example of poor judgment by town and school officials, who have again been reduced to unproductive political squabblers rather than people who are working together to improve the town.

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Local government inaction is disturbing

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Local government inaction is disturbing
The announcement this week that the Winchester Board of Selectmen lost a potential deal to get an abandoned property back on the tax rolls came as a disappointment and a reminder that local government has been operating at anything but peak performance this year, with the town’s number-one priority, economic development, being abandoned in a haze of political bickering.

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Chairman’s unusual motion suggests underlying problems

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Board of Education Chairman Kathleen O’Brien made an unusual motion Tuesday night during the board’s regular meeting at Town Hall. In her chairman’s report to the board, she suddenly proposed a plan to take all of the town’s seventh- and eighth-grade teachers out to dinner, at the expense of taxpayers.
The motion was odd for a number of reasons, not the least of which being the fact that no one had any warning it was coming up. An item was never included on the agenda, but O’Brien seemed to think it was important enough to make it the subject of her report to the board.

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Positive spirit alive in Winsted

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No matter how tough the annual budget battles are or how difficult the town’s financial situation gets, the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Winsted, as demonstrated by members of the Laurel City Commission and the Winsted Elks Lodge, who hosted this year’s Laurel Tea April 3.

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Voice your frustrations next Thursday at Gilbert

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Winchester residents should mark their calendars for an important special town meeting next Thursday, April 7, at The Gilbert School. Voters are invited to speak about the Winchester Board of Selectmen’s recent decision to reject approximately $400,000 in free money for the town, courtesy of a deal organized by the Winchester Land Trust.

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Proposed FOI consolidation raises a red flag

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While newly elected Gov. Dannel Malloy has shown no desire to be secretive in his work running the state’s business, a troublesome component of his economic plan is raising red flags in local newsrooms, as it proposes merging the state’s Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC) with four other agencies to form a new Office of Government Accountability (OGA).

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Opposition to defunding Planned Parenthood is an encouraging sign

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As Republicans in Congress attempt to defund the national Planned Parenthood organization by cutting Title X funding, the chorus of voices opposing the move has thankfully grown louder, with both conservative and liberal groups criticizing GOP leaders for their short-sighted actions.
The controversy began when a Republican provision to cut all federal funding for Planned Parenthood passed in the U.S. House of Representatives last month, but did not become law, as the Senate rejected a spending bill that included the language.

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Gilbert agreement is both relieving and distressing

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Tuesday night’s announcement that representatives from The Gilbert School and Winchester Public Schools had agreed on the draft agreement of a three-year contract between the semi-private high school and the public school system was relieving on one hand but somewhat distressing on the other.
Gilbert and the municipal school board have agreed that seventh- and eighth-graders will be relocated to Gilbert beginning this fall. The agreement was expected to be ratified Thursday night, and the fact that board members from both sides were able to reach a final accord was good news.

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