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The Lakeville Journal Editorial

With Health Quest, a big change at Sharon Hospital

With Health Quest, a big change at Sharon Hospital

Congratulations are in order for a community institution, one of the most important resources available to all who live in the Tri-state region: Sharon Hospital. It has come full circle, converting once again to nonprofit status, and joining with Health Quest out of Lagrangeville, N.Y., as of Aug. 1.

New transfer station should be built

It happens every single time. There is a long-term municipal project, one that has gone through all the regulatory and practical hoops in public for years, and as it comes to the time of approved construction, a group comes out in opposition with renewed energy.

Support our local volunteer organizations

Summer: the time when many of the area nonprofit organizations present their annual fundraisers, some high-profile and highly profitable, some low-profile and only moderately so. For each of these organizations, the money that is made during the short and busy summer season helps them provide services that are essential to the lives of our communities all four seasons of the year. This is the time to support them, choosing those closest to our hearts or of most relevance to the largest proportion of our area population.

A time to reminisce, and to plan for what’s next

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

— Nelson Mandela 

 

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.