The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1919

SALISBURY — William Dempsey, our genial plumber, is out once more after being confined to the house with a severe cold.


LAKEVILLE — A new cement platform is being constructed in front of Roberts’ store to replace the wooden one.


Recovery, no matter the final outcome, will not be easy in North Canaan

This is a time of sometimes stunningly uncivil civic discourse. It’s happening at the national level and at the international level, so it shouldn’t be too surprising when it trickles down to the local level. Yet somehow, it is.

Not to say that the issues facing humanity aren’t worthy of passion and even in-your-face activism. Because they are. And the things that affect our own lives every day undeniably mean just as much, or even more, to us than those that are more conceptual or in the distance. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 5-22-19

History is in trouble

I love reading about all different kinds of history. I get to imagine what it might have been like to be alive way back then and also think about what it is to be alive today. Whether it’s retracing the evolution of life on Earth (discovered to be written and perusable in the fossil records across the planet) or marveling at the many varied civilizations that have popped up in a plethora of places at different times around the world, I just love how history stimulates my imaginings.

Lessons for today: The lead-in to the ‘phony war’

The 80th anniversary of the start of World War II in September 1939 approaches, and merits special efforts to remember it, because how that war began has renewed relevance today, as Europe is roiled by internal conflicts, right-wing factions are increasing their power, and NATO is being weakened. 


He’s a Yankee Doodle Donald

I see that our president is proposing some modest changes in Washington’s traditional Independence Day celebration — changes that just might make the day more about him.

There will still be fireworks — the traditional kind, moved from the Mall to the Potomac, and the nontraditional kind in the form of an address from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial by our pyrotechnist-in-chief, Donald J. Trump.  

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1919

SALISBURY — The Connecticut Power Co. has put a Reo truck in local service. Part of a large tree at J.S. Perkins’ fell Monday morning without the slightest warning, carrying down the telephone and electric light wires. It is thought the tree was weakened by the severe wind storm that caused so much damage in March.


The work on the new state road has been started at the railroad bridge. The big steam roller is already on the job. 


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 5-16-19

More thoughts on teen suicide rates

Cynthia Hochswender’s article on the rise in teen suicide rates (Lakeville Journal, May 9) was appropriately alarming. It is true that more and more young people are taking their own lives these days. And there is such a thing as suicide “contagion,” when young people will be spurred by the suicide of a friend, popular figure, or even fictional character to make an attempt themselves.