The Winsted Journal Editorial

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On the ballot for this year’s Connecticut general election, Tuesday, Nov. 8, will be races for the United States Congress, United States House of Representatives and Connecticut State Senate.

Oh yes, there is also a race for president.

This has been an interesting race for president, to say the least, with so much political intrigue, twists, turns and political rhetoric issued continuously via 24-hours-a-day news cycles and websites.

Building committee would help Winsted

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the town’s Hinsdale School Building Committee met to present to the public details about potential plans for the school building, along with the current conditions of the building itself.

At the meeting, Mayor and committee member Candy Perez gave a very thorough presentation which detailed problems with the building, its potential future uses along with costs for keeping the building maintained (or “mothballed”) as its fate is determined.

Important for residents to attend P&Z hearing

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed new zoning regulations on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Pearson Middle School.

The proposed new regulations have been long in the works, and quite a lot of work has gone into creating them.

Work on the regulations started in May 2015 when the town hired an outside consultant, Graydon Land Use Strategies of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Residents should approve proposed charter changes

The last time the town’s charter was revised was in November 2010 after residents at a referendum voted to remove the residency requirement of the town manager and give the town’s finance director the power to look over the Winchester School District’s finances.

With the way everything in state municipal government is constantly changing practically month after month, six years is a long time for any town’s charter to not change.

Raising minimum wage is the best way to honor labor movement

This year, Labor Day will be on Monday, Sept. 5. Labor Day was first recognized by five states, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Oregon and Colorado, in 1887. 

By 1889 Connecticut started to recognize Labor Day along with Nebraska and Pennsylvania. In 1894 the United States Congress passed an act making every first Monday in September a legal holiday.

The holiday is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.

Fight for better gun safety must continue

On Friday, Aug. 29, a discussion of issues relating to gun violence was held at the American Museum of Tort Law.

Participating in the discussion were U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Bridgeport attorney Josh Koskoff, who is representing a group of parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

Enjoy the carnival, support the department

This year’s Winsted Fire Department Carnival takes place from Wednesday, Aug. 17, through Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Rowley Street Fairgrounds.

It will be the 154th year for the carnival, a tradition in Winsted.

In a way, the carnival is a four-day escape from the politics, both local and national, that residents have to contend with daily.

It is also a way to support the fire department and its many volunteers.

Support the troops by supporting helpful organizations

On Monday, Aug. 8, representatives from U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D) office and representatives from the Veteran’s Administration visited the Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) training center.

The representatives were given a presentation by the owners and operators of EACD, which is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) located in Winchester Center.

Always keep your eyes on municipal government

At Winsted’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on July 11, after a public hearing, the commission eliminated section 10.6 from the current zoning regulations.

Section 10 in the regulations covers non-conforming buildings and structures. Section 10.6 concerned buildings that fell under a permitted use, but did not conform to regulation requirements.

Rep. Case works for residents

A closed Republican primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, with resident self-proclaimed “taxpayer advocate” David LaPointe going up against incumbent Jay Case (R-63).

Case was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.

The Winchester Democratic Party has declined to put a candidate up against Case for state elections in November.

For the primary to take place, LaPointe had to gather petition signatures.