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Russian presents and emoluments in kind

This is a cautionary tale for U.S. diplomats and businessmen traveling in modern Russia: It is almost impossible these days to stay in any upscale hotel in Moscow or elsewhere without one’s room being bugged and recorded on tape ­— in sound and, sometimes for more distinguished visitors, in visual media format. (I speak with some experience of this.)

Letters to the Editor - Winsted Journal - 3-24-17

Northwest Corner getting shortchanged 

Litchfield County residents, don’t you think our county has taken one hit too many from the state legislators and Gov. Malloy? 

Where are our Litchfield County state legislators? Are they asleep at the wheel?

Our small towns are very frugal in spending taxpayers’ money. Yet, our towns constantly get penalized on state funds in favor of the large, wild-spending cities. Enough is enough.

Mind the gap, please: the Medicare gap

If you haven’t realized it by now, Medicare has a lot of “gaps” in its coverage. In order to close that gap, various private insurance companies offer plans that cover a lot of out-of-pocket costs — for a price.

Proposed budget must fully address infrastructure needs

On Monday, March 20, Town Manager Robert Geiger presented his proposed budget for fiscal 2017–2018.

The budget, as presented by Geiger, is $33,438,506.

Geiger’s budget proposes an increase of $337,332 from the town’s fiscal 2016–2017 budget of $33,101,174.

If passed, Geiger said that the mill rate will remain the same from last year at 33.7.

As part of the budget, Geiger is proposing $1,956,412 in capital improvements, including $1,441,000 in road repairs.

Russian Dolls

Government in the Sunshine

IGA closing would be huge loss for town

The Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing for a proposed change of use for the current location of the IGA Super Saver grocery store on Monday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

The grocery store, located on 372 Main St., has been owned and operated since 1981 by John Dwan.

If the change of use is approved, the grocery store will shut down and Community Health and Wellness Center,
located 115 Spencer St. since 2011, will move into the
location.

Bad Bob Goodlatte blocks your day in court

Why does House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R–Va.) want to fast-track legislation  overhauling civil litigation that protects all Americans — including those in his Congressional district — who simply wish to have their day in court when wrongfully injured or cheated by the very corporations to whom Chairman Goodlatte is beholden? 

Does he distrust judges and juries that have fairly adjudicated disputes for years? Does he hate the American people?

Human rights in the age of Trump

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States raises serious questions about the future of basic human rights in America. 

In his almost daily barrage of media commentary and tweets to the American public, the new president has shown an astounding lack of awareness or concern for human rights, such as free speech and assembly, freedom of religious belief, racial and gender equality, freedom to travel, labor rights, public education, freedom from want, or the right to vote. 

NCCC threatened by Governor’s proposed budget

State and local representatives all across the board are still reeling from the potential ramifications of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s proposed budget.

Malloy proposes to cut state aid to many towns and cities, along with reducing Education Cost Sharing funds and making municipalities pay for a portion of teacher pension costs.