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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-29-18

The U.S. Constitution favors the liberal left

The constitutionality of Social Security, affordable health care, Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs such as nutrition assistance (SNAP, “food stamps”), unemployment insurance, public education, student loan assistance, and environmental protection lies not so much in the “Commerce Clause” as in the Preambular assertion that the very purpose of constitutional government in the United States is “to promote the General Welfare.”  

Toilet paper without tubes — too good to be true?

Dear EarthTalk: Does the Scott brand’s “tube-free” toilet paper really save much paper or is it just another form of corporate greenwashing?

Matt Potamki

Milwaukee, Wis.


Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1918

SALISBURY — Fred Seeley has resigned his position  at Dickinson’s Drug Store.


LAKEVILLE — H.L. Barnett attended the Sunday School convention in Winsted on Tuesday.


Fire at the Ore Hill school house last Thursday evening at about 6:30 did some slight damage to the wing of the building. The Lakeville Fire Co. were called out and the prompt use of extinguishers put out the blaze before it had gained much headway.


Thanks for the flamingos, and what else?

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many of us: It’s about making or buying some favorite foods, sharing them with family and friends and maybe catching some football in between sittings. (Shopping of any kind must be kept at bay until the day after, Black Friday, when for many the gift-buying kicks in and takes over the rest of the month. But really: Need ideas for gifts and fun things to do during the festive season? See the Holiday Gift Guide and Compass Hometown Holidays section in this week’s paper.)

In the war over words, Republicans easily defeat the Democrats

The Republican Party lost ground in the congressional and state elections earlier this month, but they continue to triumph in the all-important contests over words.

Why community still matters

Recent events confirm how complex and divided our nation has become. From Charlottesville to Parkland to immigration these divisions grow and further divide us. On the national level, political clashes between Democrats and Republicans are a source of antagonism. On both sides of the political spectrum, more radical views and opinions are expressed. 

Giving thanks for renewed life in a neglected garden

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t spend much time outdoors this past summer. It seems that either it was raining — movie rains, coming down in voluptuous sheets, obscuring windows and flooding driveways; or, it was so hot that I was reluctant to leave my air-conditioned living room. To be honest, the outdoors has never held a great attraction for me. Hiking and biking are not my thing. Wining and dining is more like it.  


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-22-18

Thank you, Brian Ohler, and I’m sorry

Brian, I was going to vote for you, but in the end I didn’t. 

A lifelong registered Democrat, who has voted in every election since 1960, in state elections I have in the past crossed over and voted Republican — I voted every time for Andy Roraback and for Gov. John Rowland when he proposed HUSKY, Connecticut’s health insurance program for children.  

NRA to MDs: Gun control not your business

Little attention was paid in the media and elsewhere when the American College of Physicians and Surgeons (ACP) updated its position on gun control at the end of October.  

The new proposals — keeping people with domestic violence history from buying guns, allowing families to get guns legally taken from a member at risk of hurting himself or others, safe gun storage and banning assault weapons, large capacity magazines and bump stocks — were both reasonable and unsurprising from a group dealing with gun violence and its victims every day.