Guest Commentary

A letter to my cousin on entering the military

Part 2 of 2

The first part ran in the Jan. 14 issue of The Lakeville Journal, and can be found at www.tricornernews.com. It was shared by Lee Crawford of Lakeville, who is the aunt of Colin and Alec.


Which world will it be? Fear or light?

It’s up to us

Sharon and the transfer station

Waste disposal is a public health problem. Municipalities that fail to deal with it properly risk blight, vermin and disease. “Garbage” can be a dirty business, and organized crime may gain a foothold, because no one else wants to deal with garbage.  

No secret trials in CT

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly are to be commended for their 2015 “Second Chance Society” legislation, reversing racist laws that filled our jails with nonviolent drug users, most of them African-American and Latino.

But it is ill-advised to pursue announced policies emanating from that corrective action; especially plans for secret trials of defendants in their early 20s.

The 40th anniversary of FOI in Connecticut

The Connecticut Freedom of Information (FOI) Act is 40 years old. In reflecting on this milestone, I thought it would be interesting to go back and look at its passage from a historical perspective, comparing the beginning of Connecticut’s FOI Act in 1975 to the beginning of the federal FOI Act in 1966. Their births were very different but equally fascinating — I’d call it “a tale of two laws.” 

Where’s the beef?

The teacher said, “Keep doing it over until you get it right.” That’s what the South Amenia Presbyterian Church has been doing with its roast-beef dinners for 50 years or more. A series of master chefs has been responsible for these: Ralph Honour, Doug Greene Sr., Gary Honour, Ralph Vinchiarello, Louis Johnson, Randy Christensen and now John Tripp and his custom-made cooker.

Climate change: It’s time for a reality check

Mitigating the impact of global warming will be the most significant social, economic, political and security challenge of the 21st century. Nevertheless, global warming and climate change appear to be anathema to conservative Republicans. The topic is simply being ignored or dismissed as “junk science” or a hoax perpetuated by left-wing alarmists and academics.

Open government foes are winning

With eroded powers and under continuing attack, Connecticut’s first-of-a-kind Freedom of Information Act turned 40 on Thursday, Oct. 1.