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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 ...

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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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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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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