The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-23-17

Thanks to a caring community, a dog is found

There are many reasons why I love living in our small town.

The kindness of strangers, a sharp and caring first selectman and a devoted animal control handler all conspired to somehow ensure that my frisky Irish terrier, who bolted while we were hiking on Turnip Top, was found.

Thank you, Curtis Rand, for putting a recovery plan into immediate action.

Arrogance, ignorance and the Constitution

Arrogance and ignorance are, the adage says, a fatal combination. But what does it mean to be ignorant? An answer jumps out of the responses to a recent, annual Constitution Day civics survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The Center queried 1,000 American male and female adults -— the usual size of a survey sample, providing a margin of error of less than 3.7 percent — and found many appalling things. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1917

SALISBURY — A.L. Dickinson has purchased a Drug Store in New Canaan.


CANAAN — R.T. Farnum, A.H. Herriman, George Fisher, Charles O’Connell and William Wallace motored to Camp Devens Saturday.


LIME ROCK — The many friends of Hugh Cummings were glad to see him out Sunday.


SALISBURY — Mr. Cunningham has entered the employ of Mr. D.T. Warner.


Gratitude and change

Each year at this time, for each of us, there are different reasons to be thankful. Depending on one’s stage in life, gratefulness can be based on a wide range of realities.

For this small community publishing company, The Lakeville Journal, it’s been a challenging time, what with selling our home since 1983 to Salisbury Bank and moving into a new, much smaller, space in a new town. It seems that such upheaval inevitably breeds more change, as seen in this week’s story on our new associate and Compass editors.

Public cynicism enables costly political hypocrisy

The political hypocrisy of crony capitalism –  touting market capitalism while making taxpayers fund corporate welfare – is a rare and unfortunate case of bipartisan consensus. Republicans openly embrace it, but many Democrats also fall prey to government-guaranteed corporate capitalism when they believe it to be politically expedient.

Maybe these examples will get you steamed enough to tell your members of Congress, “Enough already!”

The good, the bad and ...

The GOP tax plan is a classic example of good ideas mixed with bad ideas and salted with outright greed. But like most human initiatives, it has good intention, no matter how deranged. Perfection is not a part of the human condition. Trump is not working to hurt America. He just doesn’t know how to fix it. To be fair, many of his predecessors didn’t either. At least he has not started a 17-year war.

Remembering the days when both parties liked Ike

Are we facing the demise of the historic two-party system that has served the nation so well?  

Will the next presidential election be between Trump or a Trumpian type on the right and a Bernie Sanders facsimile on the left with third and maybe fourth parties vying for those of us in the center right and left with no place to go?

Have we ever seen such a mess in modern presidential history?

The answers are No, Maybe and Yes.  

In honor of the elders who inspire our youth

The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Alumni Association is one of the most active such organizations around. Their service to the high school has gone above and beyond, and their initiatives often have the good of the current students at the school in mind, rather than simply the reminiscences of their own time spent there.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1917

SALISBURY — Mrs. John Pulver and daughters of Ancram Lead Mines spent Sunday with her sister, Mrs. Dwight Allyn.


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The contract for the reinforced concrete bridge between Salisbury and North Canaan has been awarded to Louis J. Sieling of New York. The contract amounts to about $35,000.


Care Act is still in force

The process, such as it has been, of our president and Congress trying to find an answer to the problem of providing health care to the American people has resulted in failure, according to their own stated goals. So, what has happened instead of “repeal and replace” very quickly upon their obtaining power in Washington is that the Affordable Care Act remains in place.