The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Letters to the Editor July 7

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So much is said about affordable housing in Salisbury with poor information

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Natural fireworks: the blinking firefly

Nature's Notebook

What would a warm summer evening be without the firefly? Enjoying a late barbecue with friends and family this weekend, we all commented that the firefly or lightning bug sets a relaxing mood and heightens one’s sense of wonder.

While fireworks were being enjoyed in celebration of the Fourth of July, fireflies, one of summer’s phenomena, were putting on a show of their own.

Fireflies are fascinating to children and adults alike. I’m sure that most of us collected fireflies in jars when we were children. I certainly did.

Changes in zoning for town of Salisbury?

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Neighbors can’t always get along and they can’t always agree on the best approaches to handling their properties and changes to them. Matters of planning and zoning can become extremely contentious, despite what are often the best of intentions of all concerned, and can lead to problems that can seem insurmountable. People pay a lot of money for their properties and so want to be able to make changes as they see fit while at the same time maintaining some control over the changes their neighbors may make that would affect their viewsheds.

Turning Back The Pages 6-30

75 years ago — June 1936

SALISBURY — Frank Knickerbocker is enjoying his annual vacation from his duties at the First National Store in Canaan.

LIME ROCK — Arthur Buttery and family motored to Bridgeport for the week end.

SALISBURY — George Parsons has fireworks for sale this year at the same old stand.


Editorial Cartoon

Trade union democracy

If You Ask Me

I’m sure most Connecticut citizens believed that once an agreement was reached between the governor and the state employee unions, a majority would have ratified the generous offer that avoided layoffs, guaranteed jobs and balanced the state budget.

That’s understandable. The union’s leaders thought so too. If they hadn’t, they wouldn’t be talking about such drastic measures as a revote or a change in sacred union bylaws. The leaders have even announced they’re going to talk to the membership — a novel approach for them.


A View From the Edge

Schools are wrong, according to Lynn Dugle, president of Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems.

“We are looking for talent in all the wrong places. And the organizations, agencies and companies that most need this type of talent will be the least likely to attract it.” Aerospace and defense are “over-reliant on historical learning methods and processes,” she went on to explain. She has “a real prejudice toward people who work 9 to 5, are willing to contain their personal time off to three weeks, and to charge their time in six-minute intervals.”

Could chestnut forests return?

The Body Scientific

We are assailed by microbial invaders. Whether it is a flu virus or the fungus of Dutch elm disease, all noxious invaders have a common property: They come from far away to infect a native population of people or plants that have not evolved ways to resist.

Asian longhorned beetles not here yet

Nature's Notebook

Last week, a concerned citizen brought what he thought might be an Asian longhorned beetle, or ALB (Anoplophora glabripennis), to the attention of The Lakeville Journal.

To put this into perspective for readers who are not immersed in the world of invasive forest pests and pathogens, confirmation of this insect in our region would be a calamity for our hardwood forests, and most especially for our sugar maples. It would be a disaster for these species comparable to the arrival of plague-bearing rats in medieval Europe for our own species.


The Lakeville Journal Editorial

A time of transition, a time of change: Annual graduations signify more than just a rite of passage. Changes of great magnitude, transformational, happen right on the heels of graduations, making them bittersweet for all those celebrating the successful conclusion of one phase of their lives.

There are some friends left behind, some friends made for life. Some teachers who will never be forgotten, whose lessons will carry their graduates forward and inspire them to achieve good things for the rest of their lives. Others will be too soon forgotten.