The Lakeville Journal Editorial

On demonization and a baseball game

Following the targeted shooting of Republican baseball players practicing last week in Virginia for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, there have been more bipartisan statements, from both sides of the aisle, than the American public has heard in perhaps years. That is fitting, in that the charity game itself, started in 1909 and played by members of Congress and their friends almost every year since, is an occasion of bipartisan congeniality, and competition, every summer. 

A problem that can and should be fixed

One of the key responsibilities of our elected officials — and, really, those who work for the state in any capacity — is to insure the safety of the citizens within their domain. That means keeping the electricity and potable water flowing, and attempting to keep the streets personally safe, and safe to travel. 

Taking responsibility for climate change

Nature: Who among us has not felt its power and been awed by it, despite perhaps at times trying to ignore our place in it? Spend time at the oceanside during a hurricane, or in Oklahoma during tornado season, or even in New England during a hard winter of heavy snowfall, and there will be no denying the vulnerability of human beings in the face of the natural world.

Out of division, some unity

We citizens of the United States thought we were divided last year at this time, as we came together to honor those who fell in the service of their country during Memorial Day ceremonies. It would have been difficult to foresee then that we could become even more divided, yet here we are.

Changes for Catholics in Northwest Corner

Far be it from this newspaper to take sides in a religious argument. After all, this is a country that is built upon freedom of religion, so there should be space for all to find their own niche and worship with their spiritual communities as they choose. Yet the recent announcement of the consolidation of the area’s Catholic parishes, as reported last week by Leila Hawken, affects more than just religious life in the Northwest Corner. It affects the societal structure of all the Catholic families that live here, as well as many residents who are not Catholic.

Keep mental health care accessible

Anyone who has had to contend with the repercussions of either their own or a loved one’s mental illness knows too well that the length of time it takes to have access to help in emergency situations, or even just day to day, can make a real difference to eventual outcome. In the Northwest Corner, there used to be access to organized mental health support that was not the norm in such a rural area. However, in the past decade, that has dwindled, making it harder to find help. 

A common goal: student success

What is more important to parents than the happiness and all-around health and well-being of their children? This universal sense is a strong motivator that keeps human society moving forward. Watching the next generations find their way in the world can inspire all adults, whether those younger people are part of their own families or someone else’s. 

A local problem in need of solutions, plus one big success

Some challenges to rural living have changed over the years, and others have not. Some of the amenities of urban life are available more widely now than in the past, mainly to do with communication and information, via cable and the internet. But then, public transportation is no longer an option, as it was when the trains ran throughout the region. 

Supporting our most vulnerable citizens: young children

This week, April 24 to 28, is the national Week of the Young Child, which is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to draw attention to the needs of young children and their families across the country. 

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.