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The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Thanking the thankless, for a change

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did it, his people and the world loved him for it. When Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy did it, his popularity just fell more in his state. 

That is, many constituents did not applaud Malloy’s willingness to accept Syrian refugees into Connecticut when they were turned away from Indiana in the fearful aftermath of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. At least he was chosen, in 2016, to receive a well-deserved John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for it. 

To have, or not to have, a hospital?

That was the theme of the four-and-a-half hour public hearing held April 5 at the Sharon Town Hall. 

There, representatives from Connecticut’s Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) came to hear from area residents and interested parties about their opinions on the sale of Sharon Hospital to Health Quest (see the article by Cynthia Hochswender on Page A1.) 

Budgets! (Bored yet?)

Northwest Corner towns are pretty fortunate in their governance at this moment. The six municipalities generally have committed selectmen who work hard to try to find the best options for their communities, and they seem relatively undaunted by the challenges they face this year in their budget planning. 

But they still must make some very difficult decisions as they try to foresee the future and successfully predict what the state of Connecticut will do in trying to address its own future shortfall. Really, not boring, right?

Change delayed but inevitable at high school

The unraveling of the initiative to implement a new 4x4 schedule at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) as early as September should be taken as confirmation that it’s always good to find ways to listen to one another, even in the most difficult circumstances. 

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. 

Sunshine Week: Time to think about open government

Discussions of and decisions on the state, town and educational budgets are a large part of the conversation in Northwest Corner towns right now, as evidenced in recent articles in this newspaper. And there will be more such coverage in the weeks to come, as approved budgets go to public hearings and then final votes. The outcome of all of these budgets has the specter of the looming state budget cuts and increased costs (for items like one-third of teachers’ pensions) hanging over them.

Another chance?

It was just a month ago that this newspaper asked its readers to give a chance to the Region One initiative for a significant change in scheduling and grading practices. In the following four weeks, a lack of effective communication has led to a highly polarized breakdown into factions of teachers, parents and students set against the administration at the office of the superintendent, where the proposal was initiated. Can this situation be salvaged? 

A rough day that could have been even worse

There are those who live in the Northwest Corner who believe that our law enforcement, sparse as it may be compared with that of more urban areas, is not up to the task of fighting serious crime. “Troop B is just a training ground for rookies,” or, “The resident troopers have too little to do,” some have been heard to say. Well, those people will have to readjust their thinking on the subject after the apprehension of two bank robbery suspects traveling from Salisbury into Lakeville on Feb. 15. 

Supporting those who help in times of emergency

Anyone who has needed to call 911 to request help in a medical emergency will never forget every moment, every detail, of the event. Whether in one’s own home, or out on the road in a vehicle, or elsewhere, what leads up to that call is a series of steps that makes it clear an emergency is at hand. 

Then, the choice must be made to reach out for help rather than trying to manage it oneself. Difficult steps to take, as we all share the human quality of wanting to maintain control of our own destiny, even when all evidence points to the contrary.

Well done, SWSA