The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Winter begins in hope

It is one of the regrets of my romantic heart in these modern times never to have dashed through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh. I won’t settle for a plodding hay ride; I want the full experience, on an unplowed country road, icy stars above and the warm lights of home in the distance. I can imagine developing a deeper connection to Robert Frost and Prokofiev. Even “Jingle Bells” would somehow become more to me than an innocuous old holiday chestnut.

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Reflections on the fate of the 9/11 case

Part 3 of 3

In Part 2, Church described the lengths to which the CIA was willing to go to suppress evidence of its torture of prisoners held at its “black sites.” This column will speak of the dire threat the CIA poses to the military commissions themselves.

Trump and his betraying makeover

Attention workers who voted for Trump, either eagerly or as a vote against the hawkish, Wall Street favorite, Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump, less than a month after the election, has already begun to betray you.

Nourishing the spirit

If it seems as if the holiday spirit is in too short a supply around your house this year, even after the first annual viewing of some family members’ favorite holiday movies and such activities, there are ways to increase the good will to all that is so necessary to enjoying the shortest and darkest days of the year. You will have your own ideas — and this year we would really like to hear about them through the written word on our opinion pages — but here are a couple of suggestions to get you on your way.

Remember Pearl Harbor

Hard to believe it’s been 75 years since that Sunday the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, even harder to believe I can vividly recall something that happened 75 years ago.

There aren’t that many of us who actually “remember Pearl Harbor,” as the war’s first popular song urged. The principals are long gone — Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Marshall, Emperor Hirohito and the architect of the attack, the Harvard-educated American-admirer Admiral Yamamoto. Only about 600,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in the war survive. 

Post-presidential election forensics 2016

The outcome of the 2016 presidential election caught many of us by considerable surprise, together with practically every political pollster and guru from one end of the country to the other. Did we misjudge the thinking of half the voters in the nation?  

So it seemed useful recently to make use of a “snowbird” car trip from New England to Florida to find out. Herewith is an anecdotal sampling of post-election voter commentary and opinion along the way:

Animals to humans: Listen and learn

I have long wondered what the animal kingdom — mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects — would want to tell us humans if we and the animals had a common language?

Keep businesses in town: Shop local this season

Over the past few years online shopping websites have grown into a resource for consumers looking for deals and bargains.

These websites have evolved and developed into a convenient way for people to shop and purchase items by pointing a mouse cursor on a button and pressing “click.” 

Years ago it would take days for someone to receive an order from one of these shopping websites, but now shoppers can receive their orders usually in two days, sometimes even sooner.

Supreme Court always changes, often surprises

It’s a journalism tradition. 

Whenever the party out of power elects a president, we write about the next president changing the ideological complexion of the Supreme Court for the next generation or so. Then we add the usual caveat that Court appointees often disappoint their presidents, with a good story or two to prove the point.

So why should I be different?