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The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Don’t expect this to happen much; or could it?

The argument can be made (and has here in the past) that truly civil discourse is next to impossible on social media. It can be seen as both too personal on some levels, and too impersonal on others. What is the recourse if a person makes an inaccurate statement, starting a stream of comments based on an incorrect premise? Often none, and attacks can become both too ad hominem and too rooted in a disconnection from a shared humanity.

Find a way to agree on rebuilding the sidewalks

It can be hard to make a change, even if it’s for the better. The uncertainty of the outcome of any new initiative is part of the hesitation. Will it work out as well as expected?

The importance of the news, past and present

Really, what is news? With entertainment, advertising and self promotion so much a part of the mix now on all platforms, it’s sometimes hard to tell. But whether it’s local, statewide, national or international, it should be information that is relevant and useful to our lives, shouldn’t it? Otherwise, we would be hard-pressed to see it as important. We should be able to judge that for ourselves, and know why it’s better for us to know certain things than to be ignorant of them. 

Thanks for writing

This is a time when communication is fast and sometimes careless, with partisan and often rude rants on social media becoming the norm rather than the exception. In such a climate, it can seem positively archaic to continue to use platforms that are based on civil, thoughtful discourse, with a forced period of time in between approach and response. When, for instance, is the last time you wrote a letter? Even emails are less common now than texts or other quick forms of conversation online, some of which can lead to miscommunication rather than mutual understanding.

Keep the momentum going on transfer station

Picture this: A large public project is proposed. It then goes through the regulatory approval process. It takes so long and meets with so much opposition that it is no longer viable. While the service it would have provided to the public would have been welcome and necessary, it goes by the wayside.

Looking back and forward in NW Corner towns

With the new year comes a re-evaluation of where we are, where we have been and what might be coming. It is never simple to take on the endlessly popular new year’s resolutions, yet we all seem to try to do it. Each time we do, it means looking back at what went well or not so well in the previous year. Let’s look at some of our Northwest Corner towns and see what was significant for each of them. It could give us a clue about what to expect in 2019.

Replacing that which may disappear

Things change. Some things we wish would change more quickly, some we wish would never change, but really, we often have no control over all that, do we?