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Freedom requires a declaration

Freedom requires a declaration

Nations are created by civil strife, military rebellion, acts of heroism, acts of treachery. The origin of the United States included them all. This was unique, not only in its imp ...

What Zoning Tells Us About Our Town

What Zoning Tells Us About Our Town

By Charlene LaVoie Land use and zoning regulations govern the use and development of real estate and are used by municipalities to guide the development of property.  New York City ...

Hands off NCCC

Hands off NCCC

By Charlene LaVoie In 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy announced a sweeping plan to overhaul higher education to provide more resources for classroom teaching to help increase the numb ...

A Year (or so) in Review- A Cautionary Tale

A Year (or so) in Review- A Cautionary Tale

In September 2012, convicted felon Henry Centrella’s scheme was uncovered. In November 2012, he was put on leave. In January 2013, he was fired. In August 2013, he was arrested. In ...

Vote No on Charter Revison

Vote No on Charter Revison

Vote No on Charter Revision By Charlene LaVoie 10/31/14 ...

Mayor Sterling and the infrastructure deceit

Mayor Sterling and the infrastructure deceit

Mayor Sterling and the infrastructure deceit Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:28am Civic Beat Opinion/Viewpoint By Charlene LaVoie More trickery from appointed Mayor Marsha Sterling that piggy ...

Town does not need micro-managing

Town does not need micro-managing

Town does not need micro-managing- Civic Beat column, by Charlene Lavoie ...

General Assembly – Act now; Mr. Ojakian – Resign now

Wasting time and money, Mark Ojakian has churned the higher education community up-side down with his so-called “Students First” plan that the accrediting agency described in the press as “too half-baked to approve.”  What a disgrace for Connecticut. Ojakian responded with a threat to close community colleges. Instead he should resign and the Board of Regents over which he presides should be disbanded. Afte ...

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‘Students First’ or Obfuscation Inc.?

In 2011, a Board of Regents for Public Higher Education (BOR) was created to supposedly save money through centralization of functions and to assure smooth student transition from community colleges to universities. But students were deceived about the transfer process as smooth transfers can be achieved without this centralized boondoggle. Since 2011, after five presidents, all there is to show is nearly q ...

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Freedom requires a declaration

Nations are created by civil strife, military rebellion, acts of heroism, acts of treachery. The origin of the United States included them all. This was unique, not only in its impact on the course of world history and the growth of democracy, but also because it all started in one document: the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration was drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776. J ...

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Attack on Dodd Frank

By Selena West & Cady Stanton 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 Entre ...

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Proposed health clinic would hurt town

Lives have been saved and health care made accessible by the efforts of the Winsted Health Center Foundation.  Since 1997, after Winsted Memorial Hospital closed, the Foundation initiated hospital-level services at the Center, including emergency room and LifeStar resources with its partner Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and physical therapy with its partner Saint Francis Hosp ...

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Charter update necessary

The ugly and prolonged financial scandal in Winsted is finally behind us. The convicted finance director stole millions of dollars from taxpayers, which included his family, friends and neighbors. He put his selfish and wanton needs above his duty and put this community in financial chaos for decades. Competent management and leadership has quickly led to relative stability and progress in town. The revolvi ...

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The ‘F’ word is alive and well

It is a common misconception that feminism is outdated, with some suggesting there is nothing left to accomplish. Women can vote, own property, and access birth control. What else do they need? In short, women do not share equal standing with men in many ways, including social and economic equality. Political representation for women in the United States is not reflective of our populace, with women making ...

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The highs and lows of public funding

Public financing of election campaigns, a process in which federal campaign funds are distributed to qualified candidates, was proposed by Theodore Roosevelt more than a century ago as a way to combat large private donations to candidates. Its intention was to prevent any single donor from having a large influence on an election. Connecticut has laws on public funding of state political campaigns and is one ...

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Act now or be left in the dark

By Cecilia Petricone In 2013, Connecticut was one of three New England states to pass a law requiring the labeling of Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs). But it had a hitch — a trigger clause in the law requires four other states with a combined population of 20 million, including one bordering Connecticut, to adopt similar laws before labeling takes effect. This convoluted state law may soon be moot. The U. ...

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The future of plastic water bottles

By Cady Stanton Consumer behavior worldwide is changing when it comes to purchasing bottled water. Citizens are inventing new recycling methods, and working to ban the sale of bottled water in parks, universities, businesses and cities. More than two thirds of plastic bottles end up in landfills every year. In May, following the city's ban on plastic bags, San Francisco proposed a city ordinance banning the ...

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