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Some wishes for 2013

At the beginning of each new year, it’s not uncommon to look ahead and think about what goals one might want to reach by the end of that year. What is on your wish list for 2013? Material goods, peace on earth, peace of mind? Whatever you may wish for, here’s hoping it is achievable and that you reach your goals.

Here are some wishes for the Northwest Corner in 2013:

Santa

Editorial Cartoon

The Newtown massacre: a communal tragedy

The Long View

As with everyone else, I am horrified by the recent massacre of 20 children and eight adults in Newtown. No words can really ameliorate, and perhaps none can adequately explain such a communal tragedy, but the publisher has asked me to offer a few thoughts. I do so based on two different sets of special knowledge that I have accumulated. One comes from my years of working with the Amish, and the other, from collaborating on three books with the world’s leading expert on serial killers, Robert K. Ressler.

Haven’t we had enough of this?

If You Ask Me

This time, it was children, a literal slaughter of the innocents, and the first comment from the National Rifle Association was there would be no comment until the facts were in.

But these facts were immediately established: 20 children, just 6 and 7 years old, and six women, trying to protect them, were murdered at school in the worst massacre of children in our history.

Sharon Hospital, 10 years later

Guest Commentary

Twelve years ago this past June the Board of Directors of Sharon Hospital with the concurrence of the hospital’s medical staff made the decision to sell the hospital to Essent Healthcare of Nashville, Tenn. When word of this decision became known in the community, it resulted in a two-year battle between those opposed to the decision and those who had faith in the board and medical staff’s decision.

After Newtown, the gun show is over

Guest Commentary

I am 74 years old. I have owned a lot of guns. I can tell stories about guns. Here I will tell two — both about me, guns and public schools.

As many firearms as people

Political Safari

How do you write about something that’s on television 24/7 and about which viewers are already feeling, perhaps, that it’s enough, it’s horrible, we have to move on? I think you point to something so clear and obvious that it’s inarguable.

But not right away.

When I was 12 years old, I was given a .22-caliber target rifle. I had learned to shoot at summer camp, and I was pretty good, achieving sharpshooter status with four bars. Of course, in order to do this, I became a dues paying member of the NRA.

A devastating shooting in Newtown

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

The intense sorrow following the horrendous massacre in Newtown has had a strong grasp on the consciousness of all Americans, including the town’s neighbors statewide and those across the nation who have seen and heard unfolding media coverage of the tragedy. The horror of first-graders and the defenseless educators trying to protect them being gunned down is more than most of us can even begin to fathom.

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Turning Back the Pages - December 20

100 years ago — December 1912
SALISBURY — Margaret Spurr entertained several of her friends in a most pleasing manner, on Friday evening last. The evening was devoted to piano playing and games, all greatly enjoyed themselves.

LAKEVILLE — Benjamin delivered two Torpedo Runabouts to Torrington parties last week.

LIME ROCK —  Cap O’Donnell of West Cornwall was in town Monday.

Letters to the Editor - December 20, 2012

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

The ‘next’ greatest generation
The tragedy of having a large group of our youngest school children, attending the very institution we provide to teach them much of what we value as a society — massacred, by one of our own, is at the farthest edges of human understanding. We are shocked, brokenhearted, mournful — and then what?

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