The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Remembering when the state was rich and Republican

Once upon a time, Connecticut was two things it hasn’t been for a very long time — rich and Republican.

The state could boast it was Republican from the start, having joined the other New England states, along with New York, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin in supporting John C. Fremont, the first presidential candidate of the two-year-old, anti-slavery party. Fremont lost that 1856 election to the man who is perhaps our worst president ever, James Buchanan.  

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 1-17-19

All races are equal

In reference to Tony Piel’s letter in the Jan. 10 issue of The Lakeville Journal, I say, “Thank you, Tony.” To think that in the year 2019 science is still claiming that black people are less intelligent than whites. This bogus science feeds into the thinking of bigots and racists, of which, unfortunately, there are many.


Keep the momentum going on transfer station

Picture this: A large public project is proposed. It then goes through the regulatory approval process. It takes so long and meets with so much opposition that it is no longer viable. While the service it would have provided to the public would have been welcome and necessary, it goes by the wayside.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 1-10-19

As the poet said, ‘Something there is that doesn’t love a wall’

This quote from Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” is particularly resonant at this moment in American history. The caravans from Central America are not a threat to our country. However, their very existence provides President Trump with an opportunity to create an “enemy” so that he can stir up xenophobia and racism. This is wrong.

A few environmental New Year’s resolutions

In the Northwest Corner, we are blessed with unusually favorable surroundings; still, the overall environment of the planet is deteriorating fast. Our politicians are not doing enough to halt the damage. And the most significant modifications needed to slow environmental degradation, especially climate change, need to be made by governments at the national and international scale. But individual efforts, if done by a large enough number of people, add up and can make a big difference. Here are some suggestions for Lakeville Journal readers.

What biology tells us about addiction

Second of a series on opioids



Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — January 1919

LAKEVILLE — The lake closed up for the first time this year on Saturday night.


SALISBURY — Miss Priscilla Goddard has gone to Waterbury to take up canteen work.


LAKEVILLE — The flag in the Park has been at half mast owing to the death of Former President Roosevelt.


LIME ROCK — Francis Dean, seven-year-old son of M. Dean, broke his leg Monday morning while sliding.


Looking back and forward in NW Corner towns

With the new year comes a re-evaluation of where we are, where we have been and what might be coming. It is never simple to take on the endlessly popular new year’s resolutions, yet we all seem to try to do it. Each time we do, it means looking back at what went well or not so well in the previous year. Let’s look at some of our Northwest Corner towns and see what was significant for each of them. It could give us a clue about what to expect in 2019.