The Lakeville Journal Editorial

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. 

The Journal’s reporting on state police activity

Every so often, this newspaper takes on the question of how, and why, we handle publishing the police blotter, which at this time we do weekly from the public information put out by Connecticut State Police Troop B in North Canaan. Additional coverage can happen if we know of something that has occurred in Kent, and then we would approach Troop L in Litchfield to obtain information they may have on an incident or alleged crime.

How to make Housatonic River recreation safer?

Especially during the heat of the summer, we can all understand the desire for those who live in the city to leave it all behind for a day or two and escape to the country, where the air is fresh and the water is cool. But such excursions have twice this summer ended in terrible tragedy, with a 40-year-old Brooklyn man perishing in the Housatonic River at Great Falls in Falls Village July 30, and, as reported by Executive Editor Cynthia Hochswender this week, a 25-year-old Bronx woman drowning at Bull’s Bridge in New Milford  on Aug. 12. 

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.