Editorial: Summertime

As the famous song from Porgy and Bess goes, it’s summertime, and the living is easy. Or is it? While beautiful summer days usually lift your spirits, there may be times when you just don’t feel that happy. What does happiness mean to you? It’s not easy to define and means different things to different people. One definition offered is that happiness is a feeling of joy, contentment or positive well-being combined with a sense that life is good, meaningful and worthwhile. Since it’s not unusual to occasionally experience times when you feel less than “happy,” there are things you can … Read more

Editorial: Freedom

The Memorial Day holiday is filled with activities and fun and it marks the beginning of easier days — lazier, less stressful, sunnier, summer days are just around the bend. It’s a time when communities come to eat hot dogs and cheer the accomplishments of kids and adults alike as they march by in a parade. We first and foremost remember those who lost their lives in service to our great country. As we thank their brethren who stood by their side in the hardest, most awful conditions, we acknowledge the absence of so many — too many — who … Read more

Community newspapering

Last week we changed the way we deliver our news content, in print and online, to the readers of The Easton Courier, The Redding Pilot and The Weston Forum. Readers of The Easton Courier, The Redding Pilot and The Weston Forum will continue receive their newspapers every week, as they always have, in mailboxes and on newsstands. The changes involved consolidation of several facets of our operations in those markets, including editorial, production, printing, mailing of newspapers, and distribution of content to the web and our social media platforms. Our goal with these changes is to continue to serve these … Read more

Editorial: Oprah 2020?

At the Golden Globe Awards last Sunday, host Seth Meyers pointed at Oprah Winfrey and joked about her running for president. But things said in jest can sometimes become a reality. Following an impassioned speech given by Winfrey while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award, social media was flooded with the message #Oprah2020. After the ceremony, Winfrey’s longtime partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times it was “up to the people” whether Winfrey could be elected president, saying, “she would absolutely do it.” A couple of Winfrey’s close friends then confirmed to CNN that she is “actively … Read more

Editorial: Christmas Message

WESTON EDITORIAL

Christmas is the transcendent holiday of our culture. It is a Christian holiday, reflecting our nation’s history as a colony and refuge for Europeans. But its appeal and the trappings of its celebration reach beyond the holiday’s deep sacred meaning for Christians, and it has become something not greater, but broader, more encompassing. The symbols are everywhere. Its celebration seems at times to have been appropriated entirely by commercial interests and pop culture foolishness, leading to concerns among some of the devout that the true meaning of Christmas is lost. Do not fear. The message is alive and shines for … Read more

Editorial: Gift giving in Weston

WESTON EDITORIAL

This is the time of year when most people are gearing up for Christmas and Hanukah, two significant religious holidays that are celebrated with much gift giving. It’s a festive time for many families, but it can be a difficult time for others. Those who have lost loved ones often struggle with loneliness. Those who face health issues — their own or of those for whom they give care — battle fatigue and are often overwhelmed by the extra obligations that accompany the holidays. There are many who cope every day with financial struggles, too, and for them, the holidays … Read more

Editorial: Giving Thanks

A Thanksgiving proclamation written in 1936 by Connecticut Gov. Wilbur L. Cross was issued when the country was in the depths of the Great Depression and after the state had endured the worst flood in its history, leaving 14,000 people homeless. His proclamation, below, brought comfort to many and was memorized by schoolchildren. It is frequently reprinted today in newspapers across the country as a source of hope and inspiration to help people get through tough times. Time out of mind at this turn of the seasons when the hardy oak leaves rustle in the wind and the frost gives … Read more

Commentary: Thanksgiving Thoughts

The custom of families getting together for good fun and food on Thanksgiving remains unwaveringly. The traditions of inspiring and encouraging good-natured feelings of togetherness, pitching in with food and coat drives to help others less fortunate, and giving thanks for blessings are all worthy of keeping intact. But let’s face it, the once overly revered, much elevated-in-stature pilgrims of Thanksgiving lore have long bombed out. The myths of the pilgrim have withered like floral centerpieces after dinner is done and the dishes are put away or like the losing defenses in lopsided football games. During Thanksgiving dinner, just listen … Read more

Editorial: Watergate effect

WESTON EDITORIAL

Weston Democrats are to be commended for a decisive victory in the municipal election. They mounted a solid grassroots campaign sparked by a large number of enthusiastic volunteers, including a video endorsement from entertainer James Naughton. Democrats dominated the ballot box in Weston, with candidates taking every seat they ran for and ousting some popular Republican incumbents along the way. These results are in stark contrast to two years ago. In 2015, Weston Republicans won every seat they possibly could, resulting in a change of leadership on a number of town boards and commissions.     But this was the year … Read more

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