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Turning Back The Pages - April 7

Turning Back The Pages

75 years ago — April 1936
SALISBURY — Joyce Marston is ill with the whooping cough.
SHARON — At the American Legion meeting last week, a quantity of clothing and a donation of $5 were sent to Hartford for the flood refugees. The meeting was held at the home of Mrs. John L. Mott.
50 years ago — April 1961
LAKEVILLE — Allen Correll reported seeing 11 deer crossing the Millerton Road on the morning of March 29. They crossed in single file. Mr. Correll reports having seen three at one time before but last Wednesday’s parade set the record.

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Tower decisions must be made with great care

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

The work of the Connecticut Siting Council is important. Not just important in the immediate sense, either, but in the sense that its decisions will define the nature of the state’s landscape and environment for generations to come. Therefore, the public hearings run by the council should be structured for open discussion among all those affected by its work. No citizens should be made to feel that their voices will not be heard, or taken seriously, as decisions on cell towers, wind turbines, hazardous and radioactive waste and ash residue disposal are considered.

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The value of a good assessor

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Now seems like a good time to shower praise on someone who might be suffering slightly in terms of popularity at the moment: North East Assessor Katherine Johnson.

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April fool's

Editorial Cartoon

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Grating

Editorial Cartoon

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Domino Theory comes of age

A View From the Edge

Those of us old enough to remember the excuse, oops sorry, theory of why we were fighting in Vietnam — Eisenhower’s, Nixon’s and Cap Weinberger’s pet phrase, the Domino Theory — also remember that the reasoning was flawed, that if Vietnam fell to the Communists, then the rest of Southeast Asia would fall as well.
The problem there was that, except for Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, the largest portion (land and population) of Southeast Asia was already Communist: China, North Korea and the USSR (remembering that the USSR stretches all the way to the Pacific).

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A friend, indeed

The Country Curmudgeon

There are few perfect friends. In fact, some friends are aggravating. It may seem like a mystery as to why we stay friends with some of them.
This is where the old joke applies about the family that has an uncle who thinks he is a chicken living with them. He is very annoying with his clucking and scratching out in the yard. When the family is asked why they do not get him some treatment they reply, “Because we need the eggs.” And so it is with our annoying friends.

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Nature’s mimics

Nature's Notebook
sheth@audubon.org

I received an email recently from a reader of this column who encountered a bird that sounded like a woodpecker. A closer look revealed that it was actually a crow.
Crows are part of a family of birds that are considered mimics and includes jays, ravens, magpies and others. Crows are fascinating to watch and very smart. This group is considered the most intelligent among birds.
The old adage about the “wise old owl” being “wise” is actually not true. Because their eyes take up so much room in their heads, owls have relatively small brains.

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It’s a good time to set some real goals for statewide volunteerism

Guest Commentary

Former state Rep. Deborah Heinrich is the new nonprofit liaison to the governor, a position created this year to advocate for nonprofit agencies. Gov. Dannel Malloy, in creating the new position, noted that he would look for sacrifice from everyone but would not cut the safety net of services provided by the nonprofit community.
On Monday, March 14, the CPO Council of the Connecticut United Way went to Hartford to meet with Ms. Heinrich to talk about how she sees her new role and how the United Way can help be a part of the solution.

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Scrambling for a piece of the budget pie

If You Ask Me

Giving public employees the right to bargain collectively isn’t a very old idea or a very good one, but it’s not something you take back, certainly not in Connecticut.
In fact, Connecticut Democrats and a few Republicans in the Legislature are making some ill-timed noise about expanding public employee bargaining.

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