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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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Constitution Day marks the birthday of our government

September 16, 2011 The Civic Beat By Charlene LaVoie On Sept. 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 men, representing the colonies. These “brothers” combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the Articles of Confederation, tem ...

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Happy Birthday Freedom of Information- The Back Story

July 4, 2011 By CHARLENE LaVOIE Community Lawyer Forty-five years ago on July 4, 1966, Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Freedom of Information Act at his Texas ranch. But the event does not appear on LBJ’s Daily Diary, which is the first indication that the President was not happy about it. Documents from the LBJ Library show that the usually outgoing President, who loved handing out pens at bill signings ...

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What about the commons?

April 22, 2011 The Civic Beat By Charlene LaVoie Next Thursday, April 28, at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, author and activist David Bollier, the co-founder of the Commons Strategy Group, which advocates the commons as a focus for economics, politics and culture, will talk about “The Theft of Our Common Wealth and the Rising International Commons Movement.” Bollier encourages us to see the wor ...

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