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George H. Haddad: Unsung excellence in medicine

Ever wonder about the people who make our health care system work at a time when reports of greed, fraud, profiteering and harmful malpractice are rampant and remedies are not advanced?

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.

Time for binding up the nation’s wounds

One thing is abundantly clear after the election. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are exactly the same — except that they are completely different.

That is, they are both really, really bad, but in different ways.

Trump was so erratic and ignorant during the campaign that no sane person could have voted for him. Hillary was so smug and evasive that no sane person could have voted for her either. Did you?

America first: Great and dreadful inaugural addresses over the centuries

It’s been a week since Donald Trump made what the eminent conservative columnist George Will called “the most dreadful inaugural address in history.” 

It was easily the most awful in my memory, but it prompted me to wonder about the competition. What other presidents have made truly terrible inaugural addresses or, conversely, how many have made great, memorable speeches to launch their presidencies?

Black and White

A letter to President Trump

President Donald Trump

Trump Tower

725 5th Ave

New York, NY 10022

Dear President-elect Trump,

You’ve come a long way without my advice, but ascension to the White House invites listening to what this letter has to say.

During the primary campaign, you said more than once that you had to speak and behave the way you did to get the mass media’s attention. But you also pledged that, once in the White House, you would be “so presidential you [all] will be so bored.”

Town needs to keep moving forward with school district

At the beginning of the month, the Connecticut Department of Education announced it had reached a settlement with Winchester Superintendent of Schools Anne Watson.

Watson, who was hired in July 2014, was suspended from work in August 2015 after the state took receivership of the district.

Former Winchester School District Receiver Robert Travaglini said at the time that Watson would be suspended pending an investigation of “performance concerns.”

Being thankful

One morning, like any other, in December, I was lulled awake by my clock radio and my favorite public station. I took my time, as I had taken the day off, and enjoyed the warmth and comfort of my beautiful bed with a great mattress, clean sheets, and fluffy comforter. I got up, used my indoor plumbing, and made hot tea, with sugar and fresh milk, and I climbed back in bed and watched my favorite morning show on TV. When my dog finally woke up, we took a walk outside through the beautiful lawns and gardens of the six acres where I live.

We’ve elected the last of the draft-ducking presidents

Next Friday, Jan. 27, is the forty-fourth anniversary of the day the United States stopped drafting young men into the armed forces. It happened one week after the second inauguration of Richard Nixon, the Navy veteran/president who ended the draft. 

The anniversary comes one week after the inauguration of Donald Trump, probably the last of three presidents who managed, one way or another, to avoid the draft.