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The Lakeville Journal Editorial

CT-N is back We should watch what our elected officials are doing

It was just over a year ago that the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) ended its coverage of the state Legislature and more, which it had provided to the public since 1999. CT-N, the cable and streaming video service run by CPAN, which gave the public complete access to legislative sessions, was then taken over by the Legislature itself. This was not a good solution to budgetary cuts that had gutted what CPAN had to work with, ending a tenure that had been a reflection of open government strength in Connecticut over its many years of operation.

After a close election, time to serve

Now that the holiday season has really taken hold, and we are in the thick of so many community-building events and gatherings, it is rather nice to be able to leave the election season behind us. But this time around, for the 64th District for the Connecticut State House, it was so extended a race that it is hard to call it quits.

Thanks for the flamingos, and what else?

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many of us: It’s about making or buying some favorite foods, sharing them with family and friends and maybe catching some football in between sittings. (Shopping of any kind must be kept at bay until the day after, Black Friday, when for many the gift-buying kicks in and takes over the rest of the month. But really: Need ideas for gifts and fun things to do during the festive season? See the Holiday Gift Guide and Compass Hometown Holidays section in this week’s paper.)

Salisbury-Sharon transfer station: Still no easy answers

When the tariffs were slapped onto steel imports by President Donald Trump, using Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 as the rationale for his action, it may not have occurred to most residents of Sharon and Salisbury that this would affect the cost of their pending new transfer station. But it has, as have other factors related to the delays in construction since the amount to spend on this project ($3.8 million) was approved at town meetings in 2016. 

One very necessary way to plan for the future

Did you miss it? It’s very possible you did. After all, the eyes of the politicians, government and media have all been firmly planted on the mid-term elections, and all the drama that has accompanied them. It’s not until one really needs health care that access to it takes on a very personal kind of importance, and yes, even drama, that would rival that of any election or news cycle. 

Congratulations on a job well done

Walking into Salisbury Central School is a bright and welcoming experience. It has been for a long time, what with Patty Stevens doing the welcoming for so many years, and creating an active visual with lights, posters and more to encourage any visitors to linger there. 

But there is even more to it now that the renovation of the building has been completed (see story by Patrick Sullivan, page A3.) It is impressive to see just what new ceilings, lights and furniture can do for a space.

The right tone for responsible governing

The levels of political connectedness today vary greatly. There are large rallies for the president that draw lots of people who are very vocal and engaged; yet there are also those who relate to whatever is happening in the government only through social media, with the opinions of those on any stream of thought becoming their reality. But there has also been a resurgence in activism, with the young and the not-so-young finding their voices on many issues of critical importance in our society. 

Support from emergency responders a comfort in the worst of times

One of the most difficult things that can happen to any family is to have one of their loved ones disappear suddenly, no matter what the cause. Unexpected deaths can take people of all ages, as evidenced in the obituaries in this newspaper every week, but when there is an accident involved and the outcome is unclear, it is all the more excruciating.

A defining moment for American justice

There are so many deep fractures in American society right now that it’s hard to predict and perceive all of them. Of course, the general polarization is quite predictable: Right-wing Republicans will defend the president, gun ownership of all kinds and the repeal of Roe v. Wade. Left-wing Democrats will support a woman’s right to choose and gun control and will criticize the president. Nothing new there.