The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Is contempt of journalists really a new phenomenon?

Do journalists need protection from President Trump and his supporters? Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal professes to think so.

Remember the subjunctive mood?

“Brush up your Shakespeare, start quoting him now . . .

Brush up your Shakespeare and they’ll all kowtow.” 

From “Kiss Me Kate,” music and lyrics by Cole Porter


Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1919

SALISBURY — Alexander Suydam, who has been very ill with bronchitis, is greatly improved and is able to be up and around the house.


CANAAN — Nathan Blodgett has been transferred to Maybrook, N.Y., but his family will remain in Canaan for the present.


The telephone force have all received a substantial increase in wages. Within a few days it will be known to what extent phone rates have been increased.


Can he talk us into balancing our budget?

When Ned Lamont was running for governor last November, it was hard to get a lot of enthusiasm up for this relatively low-key, wealthy guy who made his money in telecommunications. He had been kicking around state politics since 2006, when he gained the Democratic nomination for the Senate, but ended up losing to incumbent and longtime Democrat Joe Lieberman. Lieberman decided to run as a third-party candidate after losing in the primary to Lamont. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 4-25-19

Clarifications about fiber broadband

My friend the epidemiologist

When my friend Matt became an epidemiologist, my first thought (and I’m not proud of this) was how does this benefit me? Actually, that was my second thought. My first thought was: What is epidemiology and what does an epidemiologist do? I found the explanation very long and somewhat incomprehensible for my 21st century attention span. I think it would have perplexed a 19th century attention span. And they had a lot more time to think about stuff back then. So, I asked for the watered-down version.

Children can challenge power of corporations on climate change

The famous anthropologist, Margaret Mead, once said to me that children have a distinct moral authority to change some of their parents’ habits or opinions. She gave use of seat belts and smoking cigarettes as examples.

Indeed, most of us know instances when sons and daughters have looked into the eyes of their fathers and mothers and urged them to wear their seatbelts or stop smoking. They say in their own plaintive way that they want mommy and daddy around for them. 

New Meters

What difference does it make?

I don’t know about you, but each time I am at the supermarket and have placed my items on the counter to check out, when the cashier asks if I will need plastic or paper, my immediate response always is: “What difference does it make?” But I never say it aloud. That is partly because I don’t want to be seen as a heartless and uncaring person toward our Mother Earth, who provides all the goodness I’m actually shopping for at this very moment.