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Local government inaction is disturbing

The Winsted Journal Editorial

Local government inaction is disturbing
The announcement this week that the Winchester Board of Selectmen lost a potential deal to get an abandoned property back on the tax rolls came as a disappointment and a reminder that local government has been operating at anything but peak performance this year, with the town’s number-one priority, economic development, being abandoned in a haze of political bickering.

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Emperor Obama?

We were warned. “Who can deny but the president-general will be a king to all intents and purposes, and one of the most dangerous kind, too: a king elected to command a standing army.… The president-general, who is to be our king after this government is established, is vested with powers exceeding those of the most despotic monarch we know of in modern times … I challenge the politicians of the whole continent to find in any period of history a monarch more absolute.…”

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes progressives for granted

In The Public Interest

When liberals and progressives have nowhere to go, New York’s new Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, can move toward the corporatist right of the political spectrum with impunity. Brandishing an inherited $10 billion state deficit, Cuomo has earned the following description in the April 7 edition of The New York Times:

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Chairman’s unusual motion suggests underlying problems

The Winsted Journal Editorial

Board of Education Chairman Kathleen O’Brien made an unusual motion Tuesday night during the board’s regular meeting at Town Hall. In her chairman’s report to the board, she suddenly proposed a plan to take all of the town’s seventh- and eighth-grade teachers out to dinner, at the expense of taxpayers.
The motion was odd for a number of reasons, not the least of which being the fact that no one had any warning it was coming up. An item was never included on the agenda, but O’Brien seemed to think it was important enough to make it the subject of her report to the board.

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An open letter to President Obama

In The Public Interest

Dear President Obama:
An interesting contrast is playing out at the White House these days — between your expressed praise of General Electric’s CEO, Jeffrey R. Immelt, and the silence regarding the widely desired nomination of Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Regulatory Bureau within the Federal Reserve.

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The French family’s history in Colebrook

Historic Bytes

The French family has been deeply involved in local happenings for as long as Europeans have inhabited these hills. Two members of the Mayflower Company who came to Plymouth in 1620, Richard Warren and Thomas Rogers, represent the family. They, like many other families, remained in Massachusetts for several generations before fanning out into other parts of the New World. The local branch came to our area from Taunton, Mass., which is located some 20 miles west of Plymouth.

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Positive spirit alive in Winsted

The Winsted Journal Editorial
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No matter how tough the annual budget battles are or how difficult the town’s financial situation gets, the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Winsted, as demonstrated by members of the Laurel City Commission and the Winsted Elks Lodge, who hosted this year’s Laurel Tea April 3.

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Nuclear March Madness

In The Public Interest

President Obama’s pick of Kansas to win the March Madness collegiate basketball tournament ended with their defeat by Virginia Commonwealth University this past Saturday. He must know how the Jay Hawks are feeling because he is entangled in his own March Madness that will continue after this month ends.

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News from previous decades

Historic Bytes

It’s time once again to have a look back in time and realize just how fast it slips away from us.
10 years ago — 2001: We were already into our new century and had experienced our first national election, which saw George W. Bush sworn in as our 43rd president; our fifth-grade students at the Colebrook Consolidated School were being born; Colebrook was building a new firehouse in the Forge District; and George Wilbur ceased producing milk from his once large herd of Brown Swiss cows, ending the era of small farms in what since Colonial times had been the backbone of our economy.

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President Obama’s imperial adventure

The Sheldon Richman Column

President Obama’s entry into Libya’s civil war can be criticized on many levels: The mission as explained is incoherent; Congress was not asked for a declaration of war as the Constitution requires; events in Libya do not affect the security of the American people; bombing another oil-rich Muslim country aggravates the conditions that create anti-American terrorism; killing innocent civilians is nearly inevitable; the rebels’ motives are unclear; mission creep happens; war unleashes unforeseen, uncontrollable forces; the government is already deep in debt, and more.

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