The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Avast, ye Mateys!

For the record, Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This conjures up an image of a guy with a peg leg, eye patch and parrot on his shoulder, men like Captain Kidd and Blackbeard. But like most things these days, pirates are not that easily defined. They can be foppish, like Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” or murderous hijackers, like the Somali pirates who took Tom Hanks hostage in “Captain Phillips.”

America, the battered

Extreme weather and other climate disasters appear to be occurring far more frequently than we would like. The loss of life and economic damage also seem to be increasing. But does the data support those opinions, and if it does, what price do we pay for all of these perfect storms?

Mark Twain’s connection in Norfolk

A new book of Mark Twain’s letters provides some details of the famous author and humorist’s visits to Norfolk in the early 1900s. “The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell” publishes all the known correspondence between Twain and his close friend and pastor, with much background about their lives, families and careers.

Ebola, Ça suffit! (Ebola, that’s enough!): Progress has been made on Ebola and other diseases

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Ebola virus periodically leaps out of a reservoir in Africa and causes high mortality in humans and great apes. We do not know for sure where the virus hides in the interim, but speculation centers on fruit bats. 

Usually the epidemics are small and are contained by quarantine and isolation, but the large outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in 2014 and 2015 caught the World Health Organization and other agencies unprepared. 

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Blumenthal did lie about his service, Mr. Piel

Friendship is not always the best choice to make

In the 1920s, a new idea arose: pen friends. You could have a friend the other side of the globe just by writing back and forth. 

The Scouts made an international pact to all be friends. 

Following WWII, whole countries went out of their way to declare friendship for those who had stood together: Britain became the friend of America and vice-versa. Argentina liked Britain and America. The Philippines was the friend of the U.S., and so on. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1917

SALISBURY — The Misses Marston and Duncan, Messrs. Sam Whitbeck and Paul Parsons motored to Washington on Tuesday.

Miss Frances Norton is one of the teachers in the Lakeville High School.

TACONIC — Frost damaged farm and garden crops in this vicinity on Tuesday and Wednesday. Few of the farmers had their ensilage cut and it is a great loss.

Have you heard? The Lakeville Journal is moving

This is a big week for your community weekly newspaper. On Friday, Sept. 8, Salisbury Bank purchased The Lakeville Journal Company’s central location at 33 Bissell St. in Lakeville (see story on the front page). After about two years of planning, the door is now open for the bank to create new offices for its people adjacent to its corporate facility and trust division along Bissell Street. This is a change that will be beneficial for both Salisbury Bank and The Lakeville Journal.

Violate Principles

Sheer Hell