The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Shootings are a bipartisan, critical issue that needs dedicated attention

Some time has passed since two mass shootings happened in one weekend in the United States, in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Is now a good time to review some actions that should be taken in the wake of these tragedies, and all the other shootings in the U.S. that have taken and ruined lives? It seems that once the great eye of national interest has turned away from specific events, the news cycle moves so quickly and erratically that it becomes difficult to turn back. But turn back we must if we want to save our country from continued targeted and heinous violence.

We’re 123 years old, yet new every week

This week marks the beginning of the new year for The Lakeville Journal’s life as a publication, entering its 123rd year, having begun publication in 1897. If you would like to stop by our office in Falls Village, you can see a hard copy that is kept under glass of Vol. 1, No. 1, published Aug. 14, 1897, four broadsheet pages of news.

Railroad Days: Fifty-five years and counting

Congratulations to all in North Canaan who worked so hard to make Railroad Days such an all-around fun and welcoming time for their town. It is extraordinary that this town brings together its merchants and nonprofit organizations to have an astonishing array of family-friendly activities over two weeks in July. It is only due to the hard work of organizer John Lannen and so many others, as well as the support of the town of North Canaan.

Summertime means interns at The Journal

It’s time to note how great it is to have the summer interns in our midst once again. Regular Lakeville Journal readers will have already seen several interns go by, pictured on the front page and bylined on numerous articles they have written. And, if you also listen to our weekly radio discussion with Marshall Miles and Jill Goodman on WHDD Robin Hood Radio (91.9 FM, 1020 AM) on Thursday mornings at about 8:30, you will also have heard them speak very well about the stories they have been covering for their community weekly newspaper.

Fraud is rampant, even in the Northwest Corner

There are some who may think their local community weekly newspaper is not actually a business, but it certainly is. Proof of that fact came to the fore last week when this small business’ checking account was apparently hacked, and a fraudulent check written from our checking account to a person out West for almost $9,000, purportedly for a camper that person had put up for sale.

Thanks for a great Fourth

There are things that happen so reliably that we are tempted to take them for granted, and think that they always have and always will happen. Yet reality belies that kind of complacency at this time in the United States. 

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.