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Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1918

SALISBURY — Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Smith and son Andrew started Monday on a trip to the South.


LIME ROCK — Sympathy is extended to Miss Harriet Fenton who is ill with scarlet fever.


SALISBURY — Mrs. Grace Baldwin has purchased a five-passenger Reo automobile of A.S. Martin.


Fred Seeley has sold his car to Monroe Bailey.


Salisbury-Sharon transfer station: Still no easy answers

When the tariffs were slapped onto steel imports by President Donald Trump, using Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 as the rationale for his action, it may not have occurred to most residents of Sharon and Salisbury that this would affect the cost of their pending new transfer station. But it has, as have other factors related to the delays in construction since the amount to spend on this project ($3.8 million) was approved at town meetings in 2016. 


Post election aftermath of the U.S. Senate hearing

If the left was energized in the midterms by hatred of President Trump, the right was motivated by rage at what Democrats did to Brett Kavanaugh. The former helped Democrats take the House. The latter helped Republicans keep the Senate.

The Ford-Kavanaugh Senate hearing was always about politics and the direction of the Supreme Court for the next generation. But it was also about the rule of law. Who were you going to believe in the absence of proof? And how would that dynamic play out in future cases?

Rain or fire? Be careful what you wish for

The news is understandably preoccupied with the horrid but spectacular fires in California. Just last year California was bemoaning their horrible drought. The grass is always greener on the other side, especially if it rains. Then it rained, and rained and rained. Everybody was delighted and the reservoirs are now full. Streams ran wet and welcomed fingerling trout promising an end to the disaster of having been dry for years. The problem is that the grass is greener on the other side, only if it rains.

Advantage: Dannel over Donald

In an election influenced by two deeply disliked individuals, whose names appeared nowhere near a ballot, Dannel has prevailed over Donald. 

Being another Dannel Malloy, though hardly desirable, proved preferable to being another Donald Trump in the race for governor of Connecticut.  

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-15-18

What America really means

The heart-wrenching and horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh is a tragedy beyond words. It is the worst anti-Semitic attack in the history of the United States. The sad truth is that it’s not so shocking. We are living in a pervasive and permissive time of hate-filled rhetoric coming from the highest office in our country. President Donald Trump spews venom while proudly declaring he is a nationalist. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1918

SALISBURY — The ground was white with about an inch of snow at Plantain Pond Wednesday morning.


An impromptu celebration was held at Salisbury on Monday evening in honor of the cessation of hostilities. At 8:30 a big bon fire was set off in the street in front of the Congregational Church, and the ex-Kaiser was burned in effigy. Patriotic songs were sung, and groups of young people paraded, blowing horns and cheering.


Jim Buckley of Sharon: Our loss is Maryland’s gain

Jim Buckley was born in New York City, but when he was 3 months old, he was tucked into a bassinette and moved to Sharon. This week, 95 years later, he’s leaving.

In that four score and 10 years, Buckley has had a distinguished career — a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit (which ranks in judicial importance an eyelash below the U.S. Supreme Court), a U.S. Senator (the sole Conservative party candidate to be elected to a post at that level), Under Secretary of State and president of Radio Free Europe.

One very necessary way to plan for the future

Did you miss it? It’s very possible you did. After all, the eyes of the politicians, government and media have all been firmly planted on the mid-term elections, and all the drama that has accompanied them. It’s not until one really needs health care that access to it takes on a very personal kind of importance, and yes, even drama, that would rival that of any election or news cycle.