The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

From the superintendent’s desk: Our job is to educate

Over the past several months, many questions have arisen regarding some of the changes that are taking place in the schools. Most of the questions referenced either the high school schedule or the grading practices. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 5-3-18

Region One administrators on wrong side of reform

Mr. Whelan’s statement last week that there is near-universal agreement regarding the benefits of Mastery–based learning is a questionable statement, given the fact that to the best of my knowledge none of the private schools in the area appear to have embraced this reform initiative.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1918

SALISBURY — The many friends of James Melvin are glad to see him out of doors and able to take rides in his car.


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.

Communication and understanding tax returns

Tax season for a tax pro is a little like being the single doc in an emergency room after a 10-car pile-up on the Interstate, except that it lasts for two months. Yet another filing deadline has passed, and I have survived.  

Because the tax field is so confusing for the civilian, and because it is an everlasting source of financial danger to the same civilian, being a tax pro is a big responsibility. Above all, communication with the client is the difference between a client’s panic, or alternatively, confidence.  

Too many candidates for governor, too few ideas

Nobody seems to be noticing or, I daresay, caring that Connecticut’s Democratic and Republican Parties will nominate their candidates for governor in a few weeks. For those who do, it’s May 11 and 12 in Hartford for the Democrats and May 18 and 19 at the Foxwoods Casino for the Republicans.

Maybe it’s because we’re so distracted by the dysfunction of the two national parties or maybe the more politically aware suspect that the nominating conventions won’t necessarily be nominating the next governor.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 4-26-18

A life of purpose

The April 12 edition of The Lakeville Journal included a letter from a Lakeville resident who noted that “At a time when national and state politics are filled with negativity … we need politicians who truly care about our communities and the people who reside within them.” I could not agree more.  

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — April 1918

SALISBURY — Miss Priscilla Goddard has been ill with tonsillitis.


TACONIC — Gus Schlock is visiting friends in town while convalescing from an attack of pneumonia previous to reporting for military duty at Fort Slocum.


SALISBURY — Mrs. Dickinson and daughters have moved into the rooms over the meat market.


LIME ROCK — Mr. Athoe is having the interior of his house papered and painted.


Don’t use a vote to try to redefine a program

Even as things change in the world at large, it can remain very difficult for people to accept change in their community’s schools. There may be some vague hope that time can stand still inside the school walls that hold fond memories for those who look back at their school years, rather than being in the middle of them. 

My Narcan journey (or how I spent my Saturday morning)

As the parent of a child with a serious substance abuse problem, I probably should have purchased Narcan a long time ago. Narcan, or Naloxone, is an antidote to opioid overdose. If administered soon after a person has overdosed on heroin or prescription painkillers (e.g., Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycontin), Narcan can save the person’s life.