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The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Looking back, but then looking forward

I believe you make your own luck. My motto is, ‘It’s always a mistake not to go.’

— Tom Brokaw

 

Housing initiatives critical for the region

How important is affordable housing to the health of our society here in the Northwest Corner? If you have been following this newspaper’s news and opinion coverage over the past years, you will know that we believe it is critical. And we don’t come by that opinion in a vacuum. It has been backed up through studies done by area foundations, commissions, committees, and of course by the area towns’ state assessment as far as percentage of affordable housing compared to what Connecticut actually requires.

Mutual benefits: Summer interns are here!

This is the time of year when we at The Lakeville Journal are fortunate enough to welcome into our fold a new group of interns, who begin to arrive soon after their school years end, barely taking enough time to breathe before plunging into their next project. For that, we can only admire them.

Winsted should approve the proposed budget

Budget time in Winsted is never a simple time, nor is it for any town, but it is a time when all residents should use this opportunity to make their voices heard on the way their taxes are spent. Winsted residents will have a chance to vote on the proposed fiscal 2018-19 town budget at a referendum on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pearson Middle School. 

Community unity while remembering the fallen

The Tri-state area is home to many commemorations that happen here annually for Memorial Day. For years, the day’s ceremonies have been planned carefully by groups of veterans and citizens in each town who care deeply about the sacrifices made by their neighbors who gave their all in the service of their country. 

Next step at Region One

Now that the dust has settled after the Region One budget vote, it’s time to look at the underlying issues that are not going away simply because the towns have accepted the numbers. There was a reasonably good turnout, 1,184 voters, with three of the towns saying “yes” and three of the towns saying “no.” The referendum passed by 84 votes, or 54 percent (See Patrick Sullivan’s article last week.)

The personal side of immigration enforcement

This week, we begin a series of three columns written by John Carter of Lakeville on the local ramifications of our national immigration policies and their implementation. Carter, as you will see in his bio at the end of the column, is a retired Episcopal priest and currently director of Vecinos Seguros. He has been active in supporting area families who, in one way or another, struggle with a lack of documentation to stay in this country. 

Emissions program is an unsung environmental hero

Over the past few weeks, there were Earth Day celebrations throughout the Northwest Corner.

There have been celebrations at Great Mountain Forest in Falls Village, where a poetry reading was held. A festival featuring environmental organizations was held at Peoples State Forest in Barkhamsted. And there were community cleanups held in just about every town.

These events celebrated the natural resources in the Northwest Corner, along with the various environmental groups and organizations that protect natural resources across the state.

The Salisbury Forum: A local treasure with international reach

There is a long tradition of civic connectedness in the Northwest Corner. It could be that the town meeting system of government, which has pulled together communities over generations when important decisions have had to be made, contributes to that. In Salisbury, this sense of open discourse as an important part of everyday life has found expression through a unique regional organization with a long history: The Salisbury Forum.