July 10, 2015
by Terry Cowgill | July 10, 2015 5:30am
You know you’ve hit rock bottom when the state of Connecticut has to come in and clean up your municipal mess. Contrary to popular belief, the state hates to pilot the local ship. It’s expensive, it’s a distraction and it evinces the supercilious paternalism of big brother.
April 25, 2014
by Terry Cowgill | April 25, 2014 5:30am
When last this column visited the troubled town of Winsted in November, it looked like the place had hit rock bottom. The town was flat broke, partly the result of the embezzlement of at least $2 million — but perhaps as much as $7 million — by the town’s longtime finance director.
March 21, 2014
by Terry Cowgill | March 21, 2014 5:30am
As the General Assembly considers where to whack away in its interminable quest to balance the state’s books, the talk inevitably turns to law enforcement — if only grudgingly. After all, no one wants people’s lives to be in more danger just because taxpayers are in a miserly mood.
December 27, 2013
by Terry Cowgill | December 27, 2013 6:30am
November 15, 2013
by Terry Cowgill | November 15, 2013 6:30am
The next time you’re down on your hometown or complain that things have gone horribly awry, you can always rest assured that someone else’s misery is even greater. Such is the case with Winsted, a faded mill town in the Litchfield Hills that is in such deep trouble that some are hoping the state will come in to clean up the mess.