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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 7-27-17

North Canaan is a great place to live       

In contrast to Mike Parmalee’s July 20 letter to the editor, the North Canaan Economic Development Committee and its sub-committees are doing what he suggests needs doing. The “rose colored sunglasses” referred to are doing exactly what they are intended to do, and that is make Canaan attractive in as many ways as possible. The process takes time and those serving remain positive as improvements gradually take place.  

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1917

SALISBURY — George Barton had the misfortune to sprain his ankle Tuesday evening.

LIME ROCK — It was a great surprise to the community on Sunday when Mr. Bigelow announced that he had received a call elsewhere. The community hopes that Mr. Bigelow will not accept the call.

SALISBURY — William Ostrander, William Lamson and Roy Ostrander of Company M have been recalled and have gone to New Haven.

New transfer station should be built

It happens every single time. There is a long-term municipal project, one that has gone through all the regulatory and practical hoops in public for years, and as it comes to the time of approved construction, a group comes out in opposition with renewed energy.

Black Lung

Group pride, beneficial or detrimental

Part 5

I’ve been writing about a continuum of pride with arrogance at one far end and great humility at the other. An earlier column discussed individual pride in that context. 

There is also group pride. Even the Amish, who aim at humility, have group pride — based on their belief that they are on the right path while others who do not share their particular beliefs are not.

Do not let the internet be privatized

Some of the biggest players in the internet space are trying to achieve a seemingly minor but actually profound change in the way the internet delivers information to you. The internet is about to be moneti$ed. Some companies are proposing that they be able to pay for preferred delivery of internet packets (a fixed size of digital data much like a tweet is 140 characters) presumably based on some promise of helping to pay for a grander internet infrastructure “for the benefit of taxpayers.” 

How Donald Jr. is like, and not like, Mama Rose

The fascinating events of last week involving President Trump’s, son, son-in-law, then-campaign manager and various Russian operatives brings to mind Stephen Sondheim’s lyric from the 1959 Broadway musical, “Gypsy.”

“Have an Eggroll, Mr. Goldstone,” is sung to a gentleman caller interested in the talents of one of stage mother Rose’s children. Her enthusiasm for this Mr. Goldstone is not unlike the gratitude expressed to Rob Goldstone, the Kremlin messenger, by Donald Trump Jr. on being told he had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 7-20-17

Time to stop the status quo

Recently, I resigned from the Beautification Committee in North Canaan. The simple fact, I believe, is that those subcommittees of the Economic Development Committee were literally going nowhere. There are beautiful gardens and planters around town, and planted trees. It’s all a waste of time, I think.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1917

TACONIC — Miss Edna Hunt has been suffering from an attack of laryngitis.

SALISBURY — Miss Gertrude Hardisty has taken a position in G.H. Clark’s Dry Goods store.

LAKEVILLE — Miss Ruth Silvernail of Millerton visited her aunt, Mrs. George Cook one day last week.