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Global warming deniers and the ‘global left’ believers

In his June 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si,” Pope Francis described global warming as a major threat to life on Earth. 

Optimal healthcare in a post-Trump world: The answer is ‘Medicare for all’

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The Medicare-for-all proposal takes advantage of the existing mechanism of Medicare as the central gatekeeper to control the current skyrocketing of U.S. costs and prices for insurance premiums, deductibles, health services and pharmaceuticals, which are the Achilles heel of the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

The current escalating cost/price situation under the ACA results from decades of GOP opposition to any form of price regulation, all in the name of freedom to fix and raise costs, prices and profits. 

Writing about politics when the stories keep on changing

Writing a weekly column often devoted to national politics when the story line changes every half hour can be something of a challenge. 

There was the sharing of intelligence with the Russians as TASS photographers recorded the event closed to the American press. 

Or the allegation that the former FBI chief has notes indicating President Trump tried to get him to walk away from investigating Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia and therefore, what Flynn — and Putin — may have on Trump. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 5-25-17

Care for mental health needed in NW Corner

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1917

SALISBURY — Laurene Travis recently underwent an operation for adenoids and tonsils at the House of Mercy, Pittsfield.

Interlaken Inn will open tomorrow for the season.

LAKEVILLE — Hennequin Bros. of Torrington are going to start wiring St. Mary’s Church for electric lights Monday.

LIME ROCK — The community has presented Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow with a Ford touring car.

Changes for Catholics in Northwest Corner

Far be it from this newspaper to take sides in a religious argument. After all, this is a country that is built upon freedom of religion, so there should be space for all to find their own niche and worship with their spiritual communities as they choose. Yet the recent announcement of the consolidation of the area’s Catholic parishes, as reported last week by Leila Hawken, affects more than just religious life in the Northwest Corner. It affects the societal structure of all the Catholic families that live here, as well as many residents who are not Catholic.

Tall Comey

A sincere reply to Monica from Philip

You are absolutely right to require that all terms be defined. I have corrected innumerable student papers telling them to define their terms, and I apologize that I did not do so myself. “Left” as opposed to “right” is often considered to be “liberal” rather than “conservative.” I, however, respect intelligent conservationism. 

The contemporary human need to ‘be somebody’

• “Arrogance is aggressive presumption.” 

• “Arrogance is an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people.” 

• “Arrogance is an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions.” 

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None of these contemporary definitions satisfies me.