The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

A big lie in a small newspaper that launched McCarthyism

Dick Ahles

On Feb. 10, 1950, a West Virginia daily newspaper innocently printed what may have been the biggest lie up to that time in modern American history. This big lie in that small paper endures because it taught the politically ambitious that a big lie or two could take you far, like the more recent big lie about the birthplace of a president that paved the teller’s way to his own presidency.

Residents should approve Lambert Kay proposal

And so here we are again, after all these years, the town considering yet another proposal for the former Lambert Kay building, located at 32 Lake St.

Winsted residents have been through this before, over and over again so many times, with prospective suitors submitting proposals to repurpose the property.

And, over and over again for many years, residents and town officials had to deal with bitter disappointment due to the fact that each proposal fell through for various reasons.

Letter to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 6-23-17

Thanks for Earth Day help

There is an adage, “Better late than never,” which I am going to put to the test. 

Trump: Dumping more prosecutors?

The turmoil inside the Trump White House is much more intense than the media is reporting. Palaces of intrigue, under perceived siege by political and law enforcement adversaries, tend to boil inward before they burst outward.

One of the most perilous decisions for Trump is how far will he go in firing prosecutors looking into his murky dealings past and present. Already he has fired former FBI Director James Comey, who just testified before the Senate flanked by several of his loyal FBI agents in the front seats of the hearing room.

Attack on Dodd Frank

While the media was absorbed with the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey two weeks ago, the Republican House passed a troubling piece of legislation that affects everyone. A cynical bill cleverly titled the Financial CHOICE Act passed entirely along party lines with not one Democrat in favor. CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) is a deregulation bill to repeal the 2010 Dodd Frank Act. 

Schools still segregated, 60 years later

Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education who’s never found a public school she likes, except the one in Wyoming that packs guns to fight off marauding bears, had some unpleasant things to say the other day about a Connecticut school described by a former student as “nothing more than adult day care.”

Obama: Launch watchdogs in Washington

After eight grueling years in the White House, ex-president Barack Obama looked forward with his wife, Michelle, to a deserved, extended rest and vacation. Nearly five months later, he’s enjoying the company of the rich and famous at their secluded mega-retreats so much that a generally sympathetic media has begun to describe a playboy’s leisure.

Alleged crime does not reflect on Gilbert as a whole

As we go to press with this issue of The Winsted Journal, the Winchester Police Department is investigating an incident at The Gilbert School which involved tainted homemade cupcakes that were distributed at the school on Wednesday, June 7.

By now you probably have read various news articles and social media posts about the alleged incident.

Despite what has been written, we need to emphasize the word alleged, because as of press time no one has been arrested or charged with anything.

Sixteenth annual race held at Brodie Park

NEW HARTFORD —  The Friends of Brodie Park and the town’s Recreation Department held its 16th annual Race Around the Lake on Sunday, May 28. 
About 300 runners completed the 3.5-mile course and won prizes from local businesses including the Thomas Hooker Brewery, Pizza Pete’s and Apple Cinemas.
After the race, co-organizer, Lewis Chappel thanked everyone who helps to make the yearly event possible.

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