The Winsted Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Earth Day should be every day

Over the past two issues we have been covering organizations and groups dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment along with events celebrating the environment.

In this week’s issue we publish articles about the Colebrook Land Conservancy and Barkhamsted’s Earth Day celebration.

In last week’s issue we published articles about Winsted’s Earth Day cleanup, the New Hartford Land Trust and the Winchester Land Trust.

Attorney took wrong strategy with P&Z

On April 10, Winsted’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted 3-2 to reject a special permit application by Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington to move its health center to 372 Main St., the current location of Winsted Super Saver IGA.

On April 18, in response to the decision, attorney Joseph Williams of Shipman & Goodwin, who represents the organization, sent a letter to Commission Chairman Craig Sanden and the town demanding that the commission reverse its decision.

What are the super-rich Democrats waiting for?

Democratic Party loyalists are always complaining about the big-money fat cats behind the Republican Party’s candidates and platform. Over the last few election cycles, the Democratic Party has lost most state legislatures, governorships, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House. Republican control of the Senate is also leading to control of the U.S. Supreme Court. It is time for Democrats to up the ante big time!

Remembering the O’Reilly who didn’t do fires

The day Bill O’Reilly was fired, a former colleague at Channel 3 News in Hartford asked if I recalled any sexual harassment allegations during O’Reilly’s very brief time with us as a reporter/anchor decades ago.

I said I didn’t. Our differences with O’Reilly were purely journalistic. 

Earth Day March for Science in Washington: Think like a proton

Steady rain, soggy fields, sharp-pointed umbrella ribs, and long lines at security checkpoints failed to dampen the spirits of the 12,000 or so participants in the March for Science in Washington, D.C., on Earth Day, April 22. 

Municipal elections: November is not too far away …

This year is, for many of the towns in our coverage area, the year when a municipal election will be held in November.

A municipal campaign is more than politicians grandstanding at parades and festivals, shaking people’s hands and kissing babies while they try to win votes.

It is also much more than a chance for people to show off fancily designed signs on their lawn.

A municipal campaign is really a chance for a town to determine its future direction and to elect people who they feel will lead them in that direction.

Letter to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 4-21-17

P&Z made wrong decision

It is my opinion that the Planning and Zoning Commission members based their neglectful decision April 10 on pre-conceived emotions and personal opinion.

Their decisions and conclusions are required to be based on facts and the outlined regulations of planning and zoning. 

They have now set a terrible precedent that we in Winsted will dictate how, when, why and where and  to whom a business owner can sell. 

Finito la comedia

Anyone who has a slight appreciation toward circus, vaudeville or slapstick should have loved Trump. I did. From the moment he announced his intention to run as the president of the United States of America, shall we say, he was sort of enjoyable? 

There was something nutty about his behavior, that he appeared to be a gold mine for satirists searching for fresh material. Oh, just watching his expressions was priceless, the way he moved his mouth sideways, the way he rolled his eyes and the way he pulled his hair back. Oh, yes, the hair. 

Malloy still has strength and time to slow state’s long fall

Announcing so far ahead of the next election that he will not seek a third term, Governor Malloy risks losing influence with the General Assembly, which has only begun the first of its two sessions remaining during his term. 

But even as a “lame duck” the governor can preserve his influence if he is willing to use or threaten to use his veto more aggressively. And by forswearing re-election, he has given himself more freedom to do things that strike him as impolitic but right or necessary.