The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

The trials of denial

Part I


The newly appointed head of the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, does not accept the evidence for carbon-based climate change. Many members of Congress are climate skeptics, as is President-elect Trump, who called it a hoax. Against the podium pounders of climate denial, it may be a lonely quest, but let me ask: what is the evidence that the “hoax” is instead a real threat?

Letters to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 1-5-17

FCC resignation threatens all U.S. communications

Decision time for peace

Dear President Obama:

On November 28, 2016, Jimmy Carter, the President who negotiated the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1978, wrote an op ed piece for the New York Times titled, “America Must Recognize Palestine.” His urgent plea was directed to you to take “the vital step…to grant American diplomatic recognition to the state of Palestine, as 137 countries have already done, and help it achieve full United Nations membership,” before you leave office on January 20, 2017.

A look forward to 2017

This is the last issue of The Winsted Journal for 2016. Nationally, the year will probably be best remembered for a very cutthroat and oftentimes angry presidential election.

The campaign leading up to the election was very divisive when it came to many social issues.

Even almost two months after the election, those divisions remain and apparently will continue on into the new year.

Locally, 2016 will be remembered for the seeds of economic growth being planted in the Northwest Corner.

Trump brings back the Big Lie

This is how the Trump transition team responded to the CIA’s determination that Russia intervened in the election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.

“These are the same people who said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s time to move on and make America great again.” 

Well, not exactly. 

Trump trumpets his real plans

Even for a failed gambling czar, Donald Trump has been surprisingly quick to show his hand as he sets the course of his forthcoming presidency. With a reactionary fervor, he is bursting backwards into the future. He has accomplished this feat through the first wave of nominations to his Cabinet and White House staff.

Santa Claus lives in everyone

Once again we are in the midst of the Christmas season, when we shop for (and sometimes panic over) gifts for friends and family, spend time licking and licking Christmas card envelopes and enjoy listening to the cheery (and oftentimes annoying) holiday songs that come on the radio.

In the midst of all the holiday cheer, commercialism and consumerism, we should pause for a moment to be thankful for what we have.

Whether it is friends, family, food or simply a roof over your head, many people do not have any of these things.

We can hope for an adequate Trump presidency

Let me be perfectly clear, as Richard Nixon liked to say before he wasn’t, I fervently hope Donald Trump turns out to be an adequate president, because we can’t afford less than that modest wish.

I have no illusions he will be a great or even a good president, but if he does no lasting harm in the next four years, a healthy chunk of a grateful nation will finally exhale. In the meantime, he continues to confound with his bluster, his ego, his ignorance, his hidden tax returns and various ethical questions.

Under the media radar

There is a clear and present danger to America, and it goes way beyond people’s fears of the Supreme Court nominees you will be hearing about over the coming months.
I do not know of a business that can be run any more without the Internet, and that includes all the car manufacturers, every single restaurant or fast food chain, every Hollywood studio, every bus company, every train operator, Facebook, Twitter, every trucking and shipping company, every oil company … the list is 100 percent long for every business in America.

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