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Our thanks

In this and all holiday seasons, volunteers are always welcome and needed.

While sometimes they cannot be readily seen, there are always people who are in need in the Northwest Corner, including the homeless population, those who cannot afford to buy a nutritious meal and those who cannot afford to pay for medicine. 

In this week’s Winsted Journal, we profile several community organizations and volunteers who have all stepped up to help others.

Which Trump will we have?

Optimists are hoping for a Trump makeover. They cling to his brief victory remarks suggesting that he wants to be the “president of all the people.” In his “60 Minutes” interview following the election, Trump said the protestors were out in the streets because “they do not know me.” They recall his statement some months ago that he had to say outlandish things in order to get greater media attention and reach more people than his Republican primary competitors.

We, the people, don’t really pick our president every four years

It’s good to see the two people most intimately involved in next month’s meeting of the Electoral College have had similar views on that institution’s place in our democracy.

After the 2000 election, the first in 112 years that saw the winner of the popular vote lose the presidency, Hillary Clinton said, “It’s time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president.”

Reflections on the potential destruction of the military commissions and the fate of the 9/11 case

Part 2 of 3

In Part 1 of this series, Church depicted the destructive intrusions by the FBI and the CIA into the military commission proceedings in the 9/11 and U.S.S. Cole cases; this week’s column will focus solely on the CIA.

Lessons from the election

2008, USA, Alternate universe.

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona)  is running for president. He shakes up the election by running this ad:

Remembering the service of the 296th, and all WWII veterans

Nearly 74 years ago in Mississippi, several hundred young men, mostly from New England and many only 18, 19 or 20 years old, who until a week before had been civilians, clamored out of old dirty railroad cars in which they had been riding on a circuitous two-day route from Fort Devens, Mass.

They were lined up, greeted by army sergeants and officers, packed into trucks and taken to Camp Shelby. There they were told that they were now members of a new army unit, the 296th Engineer Combat Battalion.

Being president does not mean a free pass

Donald Trump is president-elect.

Despite the fact that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton received the most popular votes, Trump garnered the most electoral votes from the Electoral College.

No street protest can change that. No internet petition can change that. No social media meme can change that.