The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Children and the trauma of immigration

Immigrant children have become the collateral damage of the Trump administration’s Zero Tolerance policies aimed at their parents, as well as “bargaining chips” in the administration’s negotiations with Congress. In addition, our current administration probably hopes that its disdainful treatment of children at the border will be a deterrent to Central American families contemplating life in the U.S.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1919

SALISBURY — Frank Ostrom is in Winsted for two weeks.


On to the next great thing

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”

— Anatole France


Life can seem more complicated at times of transition. While the stress of preparing for tests or finishing off projects can seem overwhelming, once all the dust has settled, planning for what might come next can seem more daunting than any of what came before.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-20-19

The buzzing of a swarm of bees with chainsaws

My 90,000-mile tomato-red Ford Ranger with roll-up windows is required to have a muffler. If the muffler is taken off, I’ll be ticketed and required to put the muffler back on. Why? Because without that muffler, I’d be waking up every homeowner, every cow and every rooster for miles and miles.

Old vaccines, and the search for new vaccines

I am a strict constructionist on the necessity of vaccines. Since Edward Jenner produced a vaccine for smallpox in 1799, millions, perhaps billions of lives have been saved by vaccines. The search for new vaccines will never end because infectious organisms constantly evolve. Influenza viruses evolve to escape last year’s immune defenses. We have yet to master HIV with a vaccine. 

A correction, 18 years in the making

Members of four generations, ages 37 to 77, are currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. The list includes two from a generation whose political obituary I wrote in this newspaper 18 years ago.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1919

CANAAN — William Blass with the 301st engineers has arrived at Boston from overseas.


SHARON — Mrs. W.E. Hotaling continues to improve after her recent operation in Brooklyn.


LIME ROCK — Mrs. Curtiss who is in the Winsted Hospital is gaining slowly and at this writing is able to sit up an hour daily.


A fine hay crop is reported throughout this section and farmers are already beginning to gather it.