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What’s a GMO? Just label it

May 10, 2013 By Charlene LaVoie Finally — growing mainstream criticism of Monsanto’s so-called science of genetically engineered food. For the past 20 years, independent researchers, farmers and consumers have criticized Monsanto science. Now the New York Times is joining the chorus. Mark Bittman, food columnist for the Times, dismantles the genetically modified organism (GMO) science in his April 2 column, ...

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Recognizing Law Day

April 3, 2013 By Charlene LaVoie In 1958, the American Bar Association proposed that May 1 be designated as Law Day as the peaceful answer to the traditional May Day military displays in Communist countries, particularly the former Soviet Union. President Eisenhower agreed and thus, the Law Day tradition was born. In 1961, a Congressional resolution pronounced Law Day as a way for Americans to celebrate “a ...

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Connecting the dots

Fri, 04/05/2013 By Charlene LaVoie An angry citizen at the Water & Sewer Commission meeting last week made a pointed comment. “Where are the checks and balances?” From this question comes the answer to how we got into this financial mess and how to get out of it. Here’s the first dot. The Board of Selectmen acted as the Winsted Water Board for over 130 years. In 1998, a change to the charter shifted the ...

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Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital Advisory Committee

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Residents should oppose ER move

2/1/13 Residents should oppose ER move   Barkhamsted residents are being asked to subsidize the Borghesi/ Charlotte Hungerford Hospital project so that the  developer can make a profit.   A former Barkhamsted selectman recently wrote that he objected to the tax abatement proposal. He generally supports tax abatements, which are traditionally used to draw businesses to towns.  He objects to this pa ...

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Examining the effects of Citizen’s United

November 16, 2012 Civic Beat By Charlene LaVoie In January 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The case did not expressly designate corporations as individuals as is often reported. Corporations became “people” legally in 1886 as the result of a clerical error – see Thom Hartmann, “Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became ‘People’” (2010). The case also di ...

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