The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

So long, 2011

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

As 2011 draws to a close, it is inevitable that there be reflection on the unique occurrences that gave the year its identity. In so pondering, it is impossible to ignore the effects of extreme weather events that plagued the Northwest Corner, and indeed the entire Northeast, during this past year.

Letters to the Editor - December 22

Troop B is needed for public safety in the Northwest Corner

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Winter rarities and Christmas bird counts

Nature's Notebook

One of the great things about winter birding is the anticipation of seeing one or more of the winter rarities that visit our area.


Editorial Cartoon

Judging Holiday Shopping

Editorial Cartoon

Did UConn really need to drop this $4 million? And, fairer redistricting

The Chris Powell Column

For the nearly $4 million it paid, the University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees might have been expected to get some spectacularly original money-saving ideas from the famous consulting firm McKinsey & Co. But the consultant’s report, delivered last month, was little more than boilerplate.

Tribute to an old friend

The remarks below were made by Donald Connery, remembering The Lakeville Journal’s late editor and publisher emeritus Robert Estabrook at his memorial service at the Salisbury Congregational Church, Dec. 10, 2011. The entire tribute will publish in two parts.

Part One

The Good Old Days were not always so good. For one thing, you were supposed to be sad and solemn at any ceremony marking the demise of a loved one, even if he or she had lived a fine, long and sometimes glorious life. These days, however, we are allowed to celebrate a person’s fruitful time on earth, and to speak of the dead in the most personal, affectionate and even joyful terms.

It’s your move, America: Create change

Independent Investor

It is no accident that a growing number of senators and congressmen are supporting an end to insider trading among Washington lawmakers. Given the dismal approval ratings of the nation’s politicians, anything that can raise ratings is at least being considered. But don’t count on the passage of this bill called STOCK (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge), which is scheduled for a vote in the next few weeks.

The evolution of the Pledge of Allegiance

If You Ask Me

The Pledge of Allegiance has been revered, censored, rewritten and politicized. It has given refuge to the occasional scoundrel and has hardly had a peaceful moment since it was created in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage and sell some magazines.

Now, it’s in the news again as football fans, atheists, super patriots and other interested parties debate the wisdom of requiring its recital before University of Connecticut (UConn) sporting events where they already sing the national anthem. There is no plan to read the Ten Commandments at halftime.

Thanks, Bob Estabrook et al.

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

The Lakeville Journal’s editor and publisher emeritus Robert Estabrook’s memorial service last weekend was a time of reflection for those of us at this newspaper, hearing so much about Bob’s full and wonderful life and remembering his vast influence on those around him, including this community journalism enterprise. It is with deep gratitude that we consider his ability and willingness to help inspire William E. Little Jr. and the late A. Whitney Ellsworth to join forces with him in 1995 and create The Lakeville Journal Company out of the previous company, Hatch Newspapers.