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Doing the math on overseas tax havens and tax avoidance

Insight

According to the latest Tax Justice Network estimate, the total funds held by a limited number of multimillionaires and billionaires in such foreign tax havens as the Caymans, the Bahamas, Monaco and Switzerland amount to $31 trillion.

Cheap politics: or, why we should argue about HFCS

Political Cuisine

Food politics confusion has been raging since the early 1980s, when America was introduced to a new mass-produced food and beverage sweetener. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has inspired as many arguments of conspiracy theory, corporate cover-ups and hypocrisy in federal farm bills as any other. Perhaps this is because HFCS originated from brilliant brainstorming within the Nixon administration, to put the corn surplus to use instead of destroying it, or paying farmers not to grow it at all.

Supporting those who served in the military

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

There are some things in life that are just too easy to take for granted. If they’ve been around for decades, one can tend to assume they will just be there for decades more. It’s simple to feel as if they will wait for some future date, when life doesn’t interfere, to make time for an appreciative visit.

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Turning Back the Pages - August 23

100 years ago — August 1912
LAKEVILLE — Dempsey and Sabin of Salisbury have taken the contract to install a steam heating plant in George D. Harrison’s residence.

John Shepard Jr., who owns Ravinehurst near Sage’s Ravine, has deeded the property to his wife. He is a Providence and Boston merchant.

Hoyt and Bauman have taken the contract for the plumbing and heating of the new hotel at Sharon Station which is being built by William Trafford of Millerton.

Letters to the Editor - August 23

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Many helped with fundraiser
All of us at The Kent Children’s Center would like to thank everyone who attended our beer tasting on July 28. Without help from Ira Smith of Kent Wine & Spirit and Jeffrey Namm of Kent Kitchen Works, the event would not have taken place.
Also, a special thank you to our local business contributors — Bulls Bridge Inn, Davis IGA, Doc’s Trattoria, The Fife ’n Drum, J.P. Gifford, The Kent Pizza Garden, The Villager Restaurant and Wasabi — who provided food for our event.

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Resilience

Nature's Notebook

There are places on our planet where weather patterns seldom vary. When I lived in southwest Africa, I could predict the weather forecast almost word for word before it was announced on the national news. Summers in Namibia are universally “fine and hot” in the interior and “cool with fog patches” at the coast. Rain is a local event, however, and if there is any to be had it will fall heaviest in the north and east of the country. This variation in both rainfall amounts and distribution creates a non-equilibrium environment to which all life in an arid land must adapt or perish.

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Clint Eastwood

Editorial Cartoon

Just because we can, should we?

If You Ask Me

After that New Haven lawyer cleverly took a hand gun into a theater showing the same Batman movie that was playing during the Colorado movie killings, we were surprised to learn it’s perfectly legal to take a gun into a theater and most other public places in Connecticut.

The lawyer, Sung-ho Hwang, who is also president-elect of the New Haven Bar Association, was charged with breach of the peace and interference with a police officer, but with his permit, he was within his Second Amendment rights to have a gun on his hip at the movies, as he righteously protested.

Innocent Bystanders

Political Safari

There we stood,open-mouthed, embarrassed, angry, defensive and not a little afraid, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We were being forced to watch two political parties yell and scream at each other, communicating nothing but contempt and falsehood not only for their opposite number, but for all of us. The inability of candidates, let alone our esteemed Congress, to deal with life-altering problems on the horizon might force the nation into a more prolonged recession than it has already experienced and perhaps even change the very character of our nation.

Candidates first:

Amazingly small numbers

By The Numbers

My last article covered the Amazingly Large Numbers which aggregate our national liabilities — at over $80 trillion. I commented about how little was being done to deal with these giant sums. In this sequel, I would like to discuss some relatively small numbers which are being given an enormous amount of air time in this election year. The huge amount of hot air being spent compared to the tiny numerical amounts, yields my conclusion that the focus is on political mumbo jumbo and not economic results.