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The Winsted Journal Editorial

Winsted could use a few more lights

The Winsted Journal Editorial

With less than two weeks to go before Christmas is upon us, it’s hard not to notice a sense of melancholy hovering over Winsted this year. An air of despair, hidden during daylight hours, reveals itself at night as local streets seem a bit darker and quieter than usual for this time of year.

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Accounting problems suggest a serious mess

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While town officials have been generally mum about Winchester Finance Director Henry Centrella being placed on paid administrative leave last month due to “accounting irregularities” at Town Hall, the news has sent shockwaves through the community. At the very least, it appears one of the town’s most trusted and likable employees has gotten himself into a serious mess.

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Why shouldn’t official be subject to review?

One agency formed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in his mission to consolidate government in Connecticut (a very worthy goal, in general), the Office of Government Accountability (OGA), has been experiencing what one might refer to, ironically, as growing pains. While the OGA is in its infancy, however, the commissions that formed it are not.

Selectman’s ideas should help with budget

In response to this year’s controversial and protracted budget process, Selectman Candy Perez offered some new ideas for the coming year that should increase access to information about town finances and provide more accountability as the Board of Selectmen looks ahead to crafting the town’s 2013-14 budget this coming winter and spring. How the new ideas will be perceived by townspeople remains to be seen.

Political battles over, holidays less stressful

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With the 2012 presidential and congressional elections over and the townspeople of Winchester having finally passed a budget for 2012, residents may be relieved to see the political battles have died down in time for the holidays, but one never knows what’s next in the ongoing saga that is the Laurel City. At the very least, voters and public officials may find respite from the acrimony in the increasingly colder months as they concentrate on more important work like scraping windshields and shoveling snow.

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Local Republicans have some reasons to celebrate

Tuesday’s victory for Winsted resident Jay Case in the race for the 63rd District seat in the state House of Representatives is proof that the local Republican has the tenacity and gusto to get things done and to succeed in efforts to bring more attention to the needs of the Laurel City.

Winchester voters do the right thing

Winchester voters did the right thing Saturday, Oct. 27, by finally passing a budget for the town’s 2012-13 fiscal year. While it took four tries to do it, the majority of townspeople ultimately agreed with the voices of reason in town, which stressed that the tax rate would not increase with passage of this budget.

Our endorsements for 2012

Another bitter campaign season is coming to a close Tuesday, Nov. 6, when Winsted voters will have their say on races that will change the political landscape at all levels — local, state and national. For many, Election Day will not have come soon enough, as it will signal an end to some of the most contentious campaigning in state history.

Accusations appear to fly prematurely

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Members of the Republican minority on the Winchester Board of Education have expressed in a letter to the editor on this page that they believe the school district’s business office has failed to provide accurate budget numbers for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 year. In separate phone conversations with board member James Roberts and Superintendent of Schools Thomas Danehy, The Winsted Journal attempted to get to the bottom of the issue. We have also received a rebuttal letter from Danehy regarding accusations by Roberts and fellow board member Carol Palomba.

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Winsted’s successful students have earned community support

Congratulations go out this week to the 120 students in Winsted’s fourth through seventh grades who scored at the advanced level of achievement on their Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMTs). In a brief but energetic ceremony Tuesday night, Oct. 9, in The Gilbert School auditorium, students received certificates for their achievements in front of a crowd of peers and parents.