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Freedom requires a declaration

Freedom requires a declaration

Nations are created by civil strife, military rebellion, acts of heroism, acts of treachery. The origin of the United States included them all. This was unique, not only in its imp ...

What Zoning Tells Us About Our Town

What Zoning Tells Us About Our Town

By Charlene LaVoie Land use and zoning regulations govern the use and development of real estate and are used by municipalities to guide the development of property.  New York City ...

Hands off NCCC

Hands off NCCC

By Charlene LaVoie In 2011, Governor Dannel Malloy announced a sweeping plan to overhaul higher education to provide more resources for classroom teaching to help increase the numb ...

A Year (or so) in Review- A Cautionary Tale

A Year (or so) in Review- A Cautionary Tale

In September 2012, convicted felon Henry Centrella’s scheme was uncovered. In November 2012, he was put on leave. In January 2013, he was fired. In August 2013, he was arrested. In ...

Vote No on Charter Revison

Vote No on Charter Revison

Vote No on Charter Revision By Charlene LaVoie 10/31/14 ...

Mayor Sterling and the infrastructure deceit

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 piggy ...

Town does not need micro-managing

Town does not need micro-managing

Town does not need micro-managing- Civic Beat column, by Charlene Lavoie ...

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

Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital   Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital Report of the Winsted Memorial Hospital ...

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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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