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The Lakeville Journal Editorial

On to the next great thing

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”

— Anatole France

 

Life can seem more complicated at times of transition. While the stress of preparing for tests or finishing off projects can seem overwhelming, once all the dust has settled, planning for what might come next can seem more daunting than any of what came before.

Two cultural icons mark milestones in 2019

It seems as if June crept up on us this year, what with lots of rain and cooler weather. But it has arrived, with some warmer sunny days that can adjust one’s mood to a summer attitude pretty quickly. One of the aspects of summer life in the Tri-state region that can lift anyone’s spirits is the vast array of cultural events at our fingertips, many of them less costly than in the cities and more easily accessible.

‘Bullet’ Sherwood: An extraordinary life, very well lived

There are few community members who are so well known and beloved that just about everyone knows them. And fewer still who are instantly recognizable by the mention of just one name. This is as it was with Robert “Bullet” Sherwood, who was Salisbury’s quintessential volunteer, often the first at the scene of a fire or accident, directing traffic or taking on some other necessary task. 

Memorial Day has touched our hearts once again

The beginning of summer is a time of both nostalgia for past good times in the sun and joy looking forward to new ones. But Memorial Day, which marks that new moment every year, brings its own profound meaning to the weekend. The ceremonies and parades that each town in the region organizes remind us all of the monumental sacrifices made by those who gave their lives for their country, and by the loved ones and comrades they left behind.

Pay attention to the municipal budgets

The charm of town and education budgets eludes most citizens until their tax bills arrive. Then, the repercussions of decisions made in spending municipal money become all too real. But in the Northwest Corner, none of the towns has been so irresponsible as to shock their taxpayers with gigantic increases. Rather, the boards and commissions look at every budget line and try their best to keep spending in check.

Recovery, no matter the final outcome, will not be easy in North Canaan

This is a time of sometimes stunningly uncivil civic discourse. It’s happening at the national level and at the international level, so it shouldn’t be too surprising when it trickles down to the local level. Yet somehow, it is.

Not to say that the issues facing humanity aren’t worthy of passion and even in-your-face activism. Because they are. And the things that affect our own lives every day undeniably mean just as much, or even more, to us than those that are more conceptual or in the distance. 

Finding a path to affordable housing

There is little dispute about the need for more and better affordable housing to be available in the Northwest Corner. Such housing may be geared toward different age groups who are in need of it. But the general consensus, according to multiple studies done by towns, nonprofits and agencies here, is that with the population trending older and fewer young families finding a way to live in this region, housing for such families would be the most desirable and beneficial to the life of the community to find a way to build.

Can he talk us into balancing our budget?

When Ned Lamont was running for governor last November, it was hard to get a lot of enthusiasm up for this relatively low-key, wealthy guy who made his money in telecommunications. He had been kicking around state politics since 2006, when he gained the Democratic nomination for the Senate, but ended up losing to incumbent and longtime Democrat Joe Lieberman. Lieberman decided to run as a third-party candidate after losing in the primary to Lamont.