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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It is a common misconception that feminism is outdated, with some suggesting there is nothing left to accomplish.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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Millennials will change politics

Millennials will change politics Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:25am By Selena West According to a national survey conducted during the 2012 election by Richard Fox, a professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University, and Jennifer Lawless, professor of government at American University, only 11 percent of American college and high school students reported they might want to run for political office someda ...

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Eggplant: Take it to the grill

Fri, 08/01/2014 By Sage Hahn We have now entered August, which, not so coincidentally, is the prime month to buy, cook and eat eggplants.  These purple beauties are actually nightshades — a category of vegetable that also includes potatoes and tomatoes. And they are rich in nasunin, which is an antioxidant that works to protect your brain cell membranes. Me? I like to just say they’re brain food. Just remem ...

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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 piggybacks on citizen concerns about repairing the town. In 2013, the budget focused on infrastructure and passed because the director of Public Works, a professional engineer, did something that had never been done. He made a public p ...

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Something old, something new, something green

Something old, something new, something green Fri, 07/18/2014 - 10:33am By Sage Hahn No vegetable is more versatile than leafy greens. At the start of summer, the leaves are young and tender, the vegetables are incredibly delicious, not to mention full of magnesium, potassium and calcium. This means by eating your daily greens you are increasing your natural energy supply, strengthening your bones, regulati ...

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Half-truths do not promote transparency

Fri, 06/13/2014 - By Charlene LaVoie Mayor Marsha Sterling has assured us that she is trying to be “clear and transparent.” But actions speak louder than words. Her actions at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, June 2, reveal her willingness to trick the public and tell only those parts of the story that support her intentions. In her best micromanaging style, Sterling presented the finance report an ...

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Money moved around in mayor’s budget

Money moved around in mayor’s budget Fri, 05/30/2014 By Charlene LaVoie The annual budget is the most significant policy statement from the Board of Selectmen. How money is allocated tells voters what selectmen deem important. That’s policy making and transparency in government. The newly appointed mayor, Marsha Sterling, proposed a budget that contains a selectmen’s slush fund of $500,000 that she moved fr ...

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