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Letters to the Editor - July 12, 2012

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Generosity abounds in community
Our town is filled with generous and community-minded people. A huge thank you to one of them: Victor Trivelli, owner and chef at Manna Dew Restaurant. Last Friday night he hosted a barbecue as a fundraiser for the North East Community Center, serving gourmet chicken and burgers long after the restaurant normally closes. Wonderful musicians Jonny G, Mimi Harney and Dani Hill played for hours, and the serving staff even gave up their tips to help provide donations for NECC.

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Caring for the habitats of our rarest species

Nature's Notebook

Our region has a number of unusual wildlife habitats, some of which are considered quite rare. We have just three federally listed rare species, however, recognized as endangered or threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. These are the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis); the small whorled Pogonia (Isotria medeoloides); and the bog turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii).
True, we also have a globally rare pond weed, Potamogenton Ogdenii, but because it is a fertile hybrid of two other aquatic plants it is not eligible for federal recognition as a rare species.

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Editorial Cartoon - July 5,2012

Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” : A look at substance, and lack of it, in the TV newsroom

Watching the first episode of “The Newsroom,” the new HBO series by the “The West Wing’s” Aaron Sorkin, I found the plot preposterous, the characters hard to believe and too much speechifying in the dialogue.

I also liked it a lot.

Obamacare: The right result for the wrong reason

In the recent case of National Federation of Independent Business v. Sibelius (2012) the U.S. Supreme Court vindicated the Constitutionality of “Obamacare.” The Court reached the right result, but for the wrong reason.

‘Obamacare’ decision invites everyone to grow up

All’s well that ends well, and it’s well enough that the Supreme Court has decided that it’s constitutional for the government to attempt a medical insurance system that covers not just the elderly and the poor but, at last, everyone in between too. With a little luck this principle will be accepted as the contention focuses more on details of implementation.

Made in America returns

Factory jobs are returning to the United States. So far it is only a trickle but the point is that the trend has begun to reverse and that’s good for America.

The number of manufacturing jobs in this country has been growing over the last two years. Factories have added 300,000 jobs since 2009. In the first month of this year alone manufacturers have added 50,000 jobs, which was the biggest monthly increase in a year. Those numbers are positive and a good start but let’s keep the gains in perspective.

Editorial Cartoon - July 5,2012

Turning Back the Pages - July 5, 2012

100 years ago — July 1912

SALISBURY — Mrs. C.F. Wanger, who sprained her ankle a number of weeks ago and was thought to be recovering, is again having trouble with it, and is confined to the house unable to step.

LAKEVILLE — Miss Hattie Woods, recently stenographer at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, has taken a position at the Wononsco House.

Lime Rock will enjoy a safe and sane 4th, as there will be no noise here this year. The merchants refuse to sell anything in the cracker line but “Uneedas.”

50 years ago — July 1962

Letter to the Editor - July 5, 2012

The attack on our environment
As we move into summer in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut, we feel especially blessed by the beauty of our surroundings, the cleanliness of our rivers and freshness of our air. Our environment gives us new vigor in tune with the season. We appreciate our good fortune to live where we do. Meanwhile, down in Washington, the Republicans in the House are working to roll back environmental laws and endanger public health.

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