The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Grateful for response to membership campaign

In the short time since The Lakeville Journal and Millerton News published an invitation to readers to join a membership structure that will help take our publications forward into the future, we have been encouraged by the immediate and supportive response. 

We thank all who have chosen to contribute to the membership model. And we thank all of you who continue to read The Lakeville Journal, The Millerton News, Compass and all the publications that are created by our writers and staff over the course of the year.

New approach needed to community journalism

In June this year, it became clear that the initiatives taken to help bring The Lakeville Journal Company to a more viable sustainability, that is break even rather than losing money, were not working well enough. Over the past couple of decades, we whittled down every department, sold our printing presses and began printing elsewhere, sold our too-large building and regrouped in a new location. 

Now comes the governing

No matter the outcome of the municipal elections, however each race has panned out, whether it went for the candidate you supported or not, now is the time for residents in each town to pull together and get down to the business of running the government. That is the great difference between local elections and the statewide or national ones: All those who won office can now put aside party allegiances and think wholly about the good of their towns.

Now is the time for gun reform legislation

It’s not often that The Lakeville Journal feels the need to return to what may be considered a national issue repeatedly in consecutive months. After all, readers get their national news elsewhere, and look to this publication for local news. But when it comes to gun reform, there cannot be too much said. Not when action still has not been taken by our political leaders, even after the mass shootings of August made it seem inevitable to some that action would be taken in September when Congress returned to its current session in Washington, D.C. 

State needs to take second look at highway safety in Salisbury

Sometimes a problem seems so obviously in need of a solution that one just cannot imagine getting pushback when trying to find and implement the correct approach to fixing it. One such problem is the difficult one of pedestrian and vehicular traffic safety in downtown Salisbury. 

21st Century Fund marks a quarter century

Everyone should remain aware of what it is that inspires them to do better in their lives, and try to follow that. Why? Because one bit of inspiration, absorbed by the right person, can change the course of many other people’s lives as well as their own.