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Laurel Festival will be a beautiful celebration

The Winsted Journal Editorial

With Memorial Day celebrations a recent memory and this year’s summer shaping up to be a hot and beautiful one, it is time again for our attention to turn to Winsted’s annual Laurel Festival, a celebration of the town’s past, present and future.
Happening June 10, 11 and 12, this year’s festival will feature 16 candidates for 2011 Laurel Queen. These young women are among the brightest and most active in the community, and they set an example by participating in this historic event and doing their part to give something back to the community.

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It’s time to start tearing up the contracts

In The Public Interest

It is time to shine the light on the big, affluent corporate lawyers who anonymously create those non-competitive fine print contracts we all have to sign to purchase goods and services.
It’s time for an open letter to these Darth Vaders of business law who have destroyed our freedom of contract and built a new road to serfdom made of corporate cement.
Dear Attorneys for Contract Incarceration:

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We should close down the IMF

International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is out after being charged with sexual assault against a hotel maid in New York. Unfortunately, many members of the world’s governing elite stand ready to take his place. Who should succeed Strauss-Kahn — a European or someone from the developing world?

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A little bit of humor

Historic Bytes

The time is a few years in the future, after the implementation of President Barack Obama’s health plan:
A man suddenly developed severe stomach cramps and sought relief at the nearest medical health center. Upon entering the building, he found himself in a hallway with two doors. One was marked “Men,” the other “Women.” Naturally, he entered the door marked “Men.”
He found himself in a room with two doors. One was marked “Over 21,” the other “Under 21.” Since he was 43, he entered the door marked “Over 21.”

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To my daughter on her graduation

Town Manager's Note

My first child, Emily Elisabeth Martin, graduates from Saline (Mich.) High School this weekend. I offer this open letter to her.
Dearest Emily,
Congratulations on your successful completion of high school. Your mother and I are very proud of you and this achievement. Your mother also deserves a significant compliment for raising you (and your sisters) as a single parent — well done, Beth.
I vividly remember your September 1993, birth at St. Elisabeth Krankenhaus in the small town of Bad Kissingen, Germany. It was Sunday afternoon in Germany, morning back home in the States.

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Fallout from ‘Amazon tax’ suggests it’s a bad move

The Winsted Journal Editorial

Critics of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget and its array of increased taxes had fuel added to their fire this week, when dozens of online retailers announced that they would pull advertising dollars out of the Constitution State in retaliation for a new tax on online retailers known as the “Amazon tax.”

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Memorial Day commemorations convey spirit of America

Town Manager's Note

This weekend is part of one of my favorite holidays. In many places, Memorial Day weekend has been hijacked to celebrate the kickoff of summer. Memorial Day should not be celebrated, but rather commemorated. Memorial Day can represent so much of the American small-town spirit.
Several communities where I used to live in Michigan had Memorial Day parades. The largest parade was filled with floats and politicians and clowns (sometimes disguised as politicians).

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Letter to the Editor May 27

Letters To The Editor - Winsted Journal

Vote ‘yes’ Saturday
On Saturday, May 28, the town of Winchester/Winsted will hold its annual budget vote. The Winchester Taxpayers Association recommends a vote of “yes” for the budget.
The majority of the elected selectmen agree that the taxpayers need no more taxes increased. By voting yes for the budget this year, the taxpayer will get no tax increase.

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West School in Colebrook

Historic Bytes

The West School, a private residence since 1923, is located at 124 Stillman Hill Road.
The town of Colebrook was incorporated in 1779. A newly formed town had to meet certain requirements in order to satisfy certain mandates of the Colonial Legislature; one of these was the establishment of public schools.

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Revitalizing the AFL-CIO

In The Public Interest

When Harry Kelber, the 96-year-old relentless labor advocate and editor of The Labor Educator, speaks, the leadership of the AFL-CIO should listen. A vigorous champion for the rights of rank-and-file workers vis-à-vis their corporate employers and their labor union leaders, Kelber has recently completed a series of five articles titled “Reasons Why the AFL-CIO Is Broken; Let Us Start a Debate on How to Fix It” (www.laboreducator.org/broken.htm).
The reaction: Silence from union leaders, their union publications and at union gatherings.

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