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Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1917

SALISBURY — The house formerly owned by Mrs. M.E. Bower will be used as an annex to the White Hart Inn the coming season. Extensive repairs and alterations are being made to the interior of the building.

CANAAN — Miss Sarah Rood was home several days last week with the quinsy.

SHARON — State engineers have been in town making surveys for the proposed trunk line from Lakeville to this village.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-16-17

The broken rung at HVRHS

During the last month, the administration at Housatonic has moved to revamp the class schedule to implement personalized learning. The new schedule must necessarily be an extended-period schedule (block schedule) in order to provide time for extended instruction. Parent complaints about this change are mounting. I believe that the community should be aware of some aspects of the situation that may not be obvious, to the parents or to the boards of education.

Sunshine Week: Time to think about open government

Discussions of and decisions on the state, town and educational budgets are a large part of the conversation in Northwest Corner towns right now, as evidenced in recent articles in this newspaper. And there will be more such coverage in the weeks to come, as approved budgets go to public hearings and then final votes. The outcome of all of these budgets has the specter of the looming state budget cuts and increased costs (for items like one-third of teachers’ pensions) hanging over them.

Life after Trump

Amid all the reports of chaos, the endless Twitter storms and the unseemly merchandise branding, President Donald Trump insists his administration is running like a “fine-tuned machine” after its first few weeks.

Right. And I claim to be a combination of James Bond and Boo Radley (suave yet sensitive), but nobody buys that either.

Mind the gap, please: the Medicare gap

If you haven’t realized it by now, Medicare has a lot of “gaps” in its coverage. In order to close that gap, various private insurance companies offer plans that cover a lot of out-of-pocket costs — for a price.

Your driving: Is it good enough?

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” 

– Pogo

swamp possum philosopher

 

Trekking to the market from Lime Rock to Salisbury on snow-covered Salmon Kill Road, I was faced with a car coming in the opposite direction hugging down, halfway onto my lane on a blind curve: Yikes! This wasn’t the first time this winter, though. I headed for the snowbank on my side, seeing the driver in the other car making a startled move back into their own lane.

It can’t happen here — if we don’t let it

Growing up in Detroit in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I knew about things like segregation, Jim Crow and the Holocaust.  I read books about them — they were part of history, the olden days. 

I went to Hebrew school three times a week, and none of my non-Jewish friends seemed to think that was weird or different — everyone was different in their own way.  

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-9-17

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