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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 1-24-19

The real emergencies need our attention

“Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on.”*

Several thousand immigrants at our border seeking asylum from violence and poverty do not constitute a national emergency worthy of a record-breaking government shutdown and the suffering of furloughed workers and their families. 

What does constitute a real national emergency? 

• 38,600 deaths caused by firearms

• 72,000 deaths due to drug overdoses

The virtue of being up close and personal

Some men wrest a living from nature and with their hands; this is called work.

Some men wrest a living from those who wrest a living from nature and with their hands; this is called trade.

Some men wrest a living from those who wrest a living from those who wrest a living from nature and with their hands; this is called finance.

 

Larson wouldn’t just save, but improve Social Security

Maybe nothing will come of it until the insanity in Washington dissipates, but Connecticut U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, is now in a position to do something important for the country and not just the military contractors back home.

Revisiting the dream of Dr. King

We live in a time when principles, values and profits are so interchangeable that I would assume that there was a correlation between the timing of the showcasing the recent movie, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and the recent commemoration day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

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Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — January 1919

SALISBURY — Miss Marguerite Marston, who has been visiting her brother in Canaan for the past week, has returned home.

 

LIME ROCK — Miss Margaret Hubbard was in Great Barrington over Sunday.

 

SALISBURY — Mr. Howard Aller of Phoenix, Ariz., spent the weekend at the Congregational parsonage.

 

LIME ROCK — Mr. Bradley dug some parsnips from his garden on Tuesday.

 

Thanks for writing

This is a time when communication is fast and sometimes careless, with partisan and often rude rants on social media becoming the norm rather than the exception. In such a climate, it can seem positively archaic to continue to use platforms that are based on civil, thoughtful discourse, with a forced period of time in between approach and response. When, for instance, is the last time you wrote a letter? Even emails are less common now than texts or other quick forms of conversation online, some of which can lead to miscommunication rather than mutual understanding.

Forget school aid formula; and impeach for shutdown

High on the agenda for the new session of the General Assembly is rewriting the formula for state financial aid to municipal school systems. It will be a big waste of time.

Connecticut has been rewriting its school aid formula almost every year since the state Supreme Court’s decision in the school financing case of Horton v. Meskill in 1977, with little result except greater expense. State payments to school systems with poor populations and weak property-tax bases have been greatly increased but student performance has not improved.

We are all descended from some ancestors, but which ones?

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) launches her presidential bid, she’s scrambling to repair the damage caused by her decades-long claim of native ancestry. Liberal media is helping her by putting favorable spin on the story or ignoring it altogether.