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In this new column, we will explore the ways that hobbies (especially ones that connect the head and the hands) can offer serenity and a healthy sense of accomplishment. Our first featured pair of hands belongs to The Lakeville Journal’s own Patrick L. Sullivan, who not only covers town events but also writes our popular fly-fishing column, Tangled Lines.

For Patrick, fishing is a source of solace and a respite from the stresses of his job. It’s an activity that’s almost completely silent, except for the sound of the water and the light whizz of his fishing line....

The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Russian Dolls

The tax loophole financial problem

Part 1 of 2

One of the most crucial economic and political issues facing the current U.S. administration and Congress in 2017 is how to manage the U.S. national budget deficit ­— to correct the imbalance between revenues and expenditures.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-23-17

Ryan plan’s many flaws for health care

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is pushing a plan for health care “reform” that would create chaos for doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, state governors and millions of Americans currently receiving medical and mental health care under Obamacare. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1917

LIME ROCK — H. Amundsen has been housed with a cold.

 

TACONC — Mr. Wm. Field, who has been confined to the house for several weeks, is able to be out, and is busying himself at his favorite work among the hot-beds.

 

For Sale Cheap  A golden oak roll top desk, four feet wide, made by Sellew, the best maker in the country. In as perfect working condition as when first made, sold for lack of use. Geo. D. Harrison.

 

Changes at Sharon Hospital: Do your part

When Mike Browder, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of RCCH Health Care Partners, the current ownership group of Sharon Hospital, who has been involved with the hospital all the way back to Essent’s ownership, says it doesn’t make sense for his group to keep running the hospital, he should be believed. 

Spring will come on its own terms

The onset of spring in New England contains pitfalls for a nature columnist. The temptation to discuss the weather — mercurial, unseasonable, depressing — must be avoided at all cost. Predictions should be made as generalizations only. Better to concentrate dispassionately on observable patterns and trends. The snow will melt. The grass will green. Right now it is still quite cold in the mornings.

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Government in the Sunshine

Dodging the whole truth, outing the big lie

On Jan. 11, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia pressed secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, to admit to knowing of the company’s years-long practice of funding research designed to discredit climate science. When Tillerson declined to answer, Kaine asked, “Are you not answering because you don’t know, or because you don’t want to?” To which Tillerson, with a slight smile, replied, “A little of both.”

Human rights in the age of Trump

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States raises serious questions about the future of basic human rights in America. 

In his almost daily barrage of media commentary and tweets to the American public, the new president has shown an astounding lack of awareness or concern for human rights, such as free speech and assembly, freedom of religious belief, racial and gender equality, freedom to travel, labor rights, public education, freedom from want, or the right to vote. 

More travels with Louise: Letter from Haiti, Part II

Haiti is not exactly your classic Caribbean getaway. But it will shake you out of the winter doldrums.

Last summer, in these pages, I wrote about a trip to Haiti with Louise to help out the Centre de Santé Communautaire de Mare-Joffrey, a health clinic deep in the Southeast. It was my introduction to a beautiful, vivacious, but deeply troubled country.