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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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Why we all must vote in Winsted

9-7-12 Why we all must vote in Winsted Aside from the many parts of any discussion on a budget, which should go on throughout the year, not just at budget time, the annual budget indicates support for the collective well-being of the town. Voters elected a new team in November 2011, by a significant majority. Where are those voters now? Among other functions of the town government, we have important and nec ...

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An update on the postal panic of 2012

May 18, 2012 Civic Beat By Charlene LaVoie The Senate has acted. On April 25, by a vote of 62-37, the Senate adopted Senate Bill 1789 — the 21st Century Postal Service Act. This legislation addresses many of the issues faced by the U.S. Postal Service, but it is limited in other ways. Highlights of 21st Century Postal Service Act Senate Bill 1789 include: Prevents immediate closing of 252 mail-processing ce ...

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May Day and every day is Law Day

May 4, 2012 The Civic Beat 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 Dwight Eisenhower agreed and thus, the Law Day tradition was born.  In 1961, a Congressional resolution pronounced Law Day as a way for Ameri ...

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There is a way to avoid a ‘postal panic of 2012’

April 12, 2012 Guest Commentary By Charlene LaVoie What does 45 cents buy today? Not a cup of coffee, not a pack of gum, not a newspaper. But for 45 cents you can mail a letter to anywhere in the United States and be assured that it will reach its destination in one to three days. You also get return service if it cannot be delivered. Daily, letter carriers traverse 4 million miles, carry 563 million pieces ...

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The Postal Panic of 2012?

April 6, 2012 Civic Beat By Charlene LaVoie What does 45 cents buy today? Not a cup of coffee, not a pack of gum, not a newspaper. But for 45 cents you can mail a letter to anywhere in the U.S. and be assured that it will reach its destination in one to three days, most letters making it overnight. You also get return service if it cannot be delivered! Every day, letter carriers traverse 4 million miles and ...

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Happy Birthday to the Bill of Rights

December 16, 2011 Civic Beat By Charlene LaVoie Dec. 15 marks 220 years from the day the Bill of Rights became part of the Constitution, establishing that the rights and voices of “We the People” are the heart of American democracy. On Sept. 17, 1787, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document they created that combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the Articl ...

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