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Letters to the Editor - April 19, 2012

LJ wrong on capital punishment

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Shouldn’t public lands be saved for use by all?

EarthTalk - Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I understand that there are bills before Congress right now that seek to turn over public lands to destructive commercial and recreational activity. What can be done to stop this assault on the land that belongs to all the people?
Astrid Cameron
New York, N.Y.

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Cops know their beats

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

It’s not unusual for any union to disagree with its management. When it’s the two sides of the state’s law enforcement that are completely at odds, however, that is enough to give the public they serve chills. If the very structure of the state police in this region is in question, so is the solidity of a safe society.

Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative

Editorial Cartoon

Drone warfare — edging bit by bit into the sunlight

Field Notes From A Battleground

Because al-Qaeda leader Anwar al Awlaki was American-born and therefore a U.S. citizen, his killing in Yemen with missiles fired from a drone on Sept. 30, 2011, sparked an unusual degree of controversy. In fact, it was reported by Politico that the decision to put Awlaki on a target list in early 2010 had been challenged unsuccessfully by the American Civil Liberties Union. The court found the case not capable of judicial resolution because Awlaki’s father lacked the legal capacity to represent his son’s interests.

Defining the campaigns for president

If You Ask Me

Only a few days to go before the great Connecticut Republican Primary of 2012 and the tension isn’t mounting.

As this is being written — or more accurately, rewritten — to reflect Rick Santorum’s sudden retreat Tuesday afternoon, I guess there will still be primaries on not so Super Tuesday, April 24, in Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, but they will be nothing more than coronations of a candidate who will be fortunate indeed to carry any of them in November, Mitt Romney.

Thoughts of the Titanic and more: Sailing over the bounding seas

Ranting Retiree

The romance of the sea, ah, even sitting on a large boulder all alone at the edge of remote Dog Pond in Goshen my thoughts often wandered to the days I had sailed the bounding seas, first aboard Norway’s Christian Radich and then the USGC Eagle. Both were student training tall ships.

Was it really romantic? On our first Saturday night after we had hoisted the sails in Bermuda’s Hamilton Harbor, I sat on an orange crate on the Radich — this was not a cruise ship — with a reporter from the Associated Press, on his crate.

Finally, death sentences should end

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

True social change does not come easily or quickly. It often happens incrementally, as people take steps, sometimes reluctantly, away from one direction and toward another one. Rarely can there be universal agreement about the best ways for humans to behave, but as more and more people accept certain modifications to social norms, life can actually change.

Turning Back the Pages - April 12

100 years ago — April 1912

SALISBURY — Miss Charis Ladd, Allen and Jack Goddard were at the Parsonage for Easter.

LIME ROCK — Miss Ella Gown is not quite so well at this writing.

LAKEVILLE — Dr. H.E. Bartle one day this week caught a brook trout weighing 1 1/4 pounds.

Bradley & Egan will move their market to the basement of the Lampman building April 20th.

50 years ago — April 1962

There are ways to avoid a ‘postal panic of 2012’

Guest Commentary

What does 45 cents buy today? Not a cup of coffee, not a pack of gum, not a newspaper. But for 45 cents you can mail a letter to anywhere in the United States and be assured that it will reach its destination in one to three days. You also get return service if it cannot be delivered.

Daily, letter carriers traverse 4 million miles, carry 563 million pieces of mail to every home. They use snowmobiles, bush planes, mail boats, mules into the Grand Canyon. A nationwide system that links all people and communities. Without tax dollars!