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Fighting for Freedom of Information

In The Public Interest

The 45th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) next month should remind all who have used this wonderful citizen tool against government secrecy and cover-ups of FOIA’s towering champion Congressman John Moss (D-Calif.). Last year alone, using John Moss’ brainchild, there were 597,415 separate FOIA requests filed with federal departments and agencies.
As a legislator, John Moss was a wonder of integrity, diligence, strategic and populist follow-through. Although Moss was not a lawyer, he read more bills cover to cover than most lawyers who were members of Congress.

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19th-century canals in Connecticut and northeastern Pennsylvania

Historic Bytes

There was a time, well before the American War of Independence, when the northeastern corner of what is today the commonwealth of Pennsylvania belonged to the state of Connecticut. To be even more specific, it belonged to Litchfield County.
In order to clarify this obscure fact, we have created a map of the area showing the present-day political boundaries as well as the economic importance of the region that once belonged to Connecticut.

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Nutmeggers: Don’t move here

The Winsted Journal Editorial

After winning last November’s election with 45 percent of the vote and enjoying widespread post-election popularity, Gov. Dan Malloy’s numbers have dipped, according to a couple of opinion polls released this week. The news is not surprising, but what may be more alarming is an overall sense of pessimism in Connecticut, where residents don’t seem to care about each other, or people from any other state, for that matter.

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Community must meet challenges

Town Manager's Note

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to see much of the positive aspects of our community that so often get overlooked.
It is so very easy to take notice of our challenges, because those typically stare at us, mocking our failures and inaction: the dilapidated buildings, the crumbling roads, the overgrown yards, the vacant storefronts. As I indicated with my introduction to Winchester, those issues were my first impression.

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Letters to the Editor June 16

Letter To The Editor - Winsted Journal

Laurel City Commission thanks community

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Governor and Legislature operating on all cylinders

The Winsted Journal Editorial

Whether you like his policies or not, Connecticut residents have to acknowledge Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s political skill, which he has deftly employed in the spring legislative session.

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I’m wondering about a few things

Town Manager’s Note

A few thoughts:
• Where are the small tokens and instances of community pride in Winchester/Winsted? I have yet to see a Winchester shirt or coffee mug, standard community items in most towns. I am part of this town, I’m proud of it, and we need to promote it, both in little ways and big.

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Obama war in Libya is illegal

The Sheldon Richman Column

NATO announced that the Libyan intervention will be extended for another three months. So what President Obama said would be a matter of days, not weeks, will in fact last many months. It’s safe to assume that Western powers will be meddling there a year from now.

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Letter from Kabul, 1959

Historic Bytes

While going through the correspondence of Elsie Andersen, a longtime Colebrook resident who died in 1979, and who left her home to me, I uncovered an interesting letter that she had received the first week of January 1959 from a Mr. Henry Ray, which is quite interesting, given the daily reports that are coming from the Middle East.
Afghanistan never seems to change, at least from a western perspective, as the British, Russians and Americans have attempted to establish a military and political presence there with notoriously poor results.

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Bacteria strain sends open letter to President Obama

In The Public Interest

Dear President Obama:
My name is E.coli 0104:H4. I am being detained in a German laboratory in Baveria, charged with being “a highly virulent strain of bacteria.” Together with many others like me, the police have accused us of causing about 20 deaths and nearly 500 cases of kidney failure — so far. Massive publicity and panic all around.

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