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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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Postal Crisis Solution?

Postal crisis solution? Fri, 02/28/2014 By Charlene LaVoie The United State Postal Service Office of Inspector General released a report in January on “Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved.” About 68 million Americans have no checking or savings account. They use costly services like payday loans and check cashing exchanges that, in 2012 alone, cost them about $89 billion in interest an ...

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Supplemental tax unanswered questions

Supplemental tax unanswered questions Wed, 11/27/2013 - 9:22am By Charlene LaVoie The Winsted Journal Civic Beat At the Nov. 18 Board of Selectmen meeting, on the job for just 13 days, the new Republican supermajority used the most significant power they have and imposed a 3-mill supplemental tax, bypassing the town meeting. The supplemental tax is troublesome for two reasons: the amount of the tax was not ...

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Majority rules? Winsted’s 2013 election results by the numbers

November 15, 2011 By Charlene LaVoie The 2013 local election results are final and the numbers are revealing. The turnout was 36 percent, or 2,512 voters, out of 6,853 — 5 percent higher than 2011. Fifteen people took advantage of the new law allowing registration on voting day. The five Republican selectmen candidates were elected with 39 percent of the votes. For comparison, in 2011 the five Democrats rec ...

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Obama Administration To Select and Target Citizens to be Killed

July 13, 2012 Civic Beat Sage Hahn & Sam Reynolds On July 4th, as you lit up your fireworks and sat down for a barbeque with your family, did the legacy of the holiday cross your mind?  July 4th, 1776, the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, instituting a set of rights that we take for granted.  Included in these rights is the basic presumption of innocence until guilt is proven, an ...

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Postal Panic of 2012 Delayed?

Civic Beat June 10, 2012 Sam Reynolds   The fate of the United States Postal Service has taken yet another twist, just one in a series of maneuvers in recent months, as both Congress and the USPS have been trying to address the self-created fiscal crisis. This financial struggle was, and remains, avoidable. The 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act burdened the USPS with the obligation to 100% ...

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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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Reflecting on a president’s message

May 5, 2010 By Charlene Lavoie "Down the long lane of the history yet to be written, America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect … Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with ...

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