The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1918

SALISBURY — D.M. Thrall has purchased an Overland touring car of John H. Smith.


LIME ROCK — Mr. Frank Brown has bought of Harry Amundson, the house known as the Ensign house.


SALISBURY — A.T. Tufo has purchased a horse, wagon, etc. of D.M. Thrall.


Preserving local history

Local history holds different meanings for different people. For some, it’s a way to understand their own family histories and the way they fit into their communities. For others, it’s a way to see the larger picture of the place they now inhabit, looking for connections to the past and hoping therefore to better understand the present and future. And for some of us, remembering the past is remembering our own or our loved ones’ youth. 

Government algorithms and the public’s right to know

In many respects, computers have made life easier. But they have also made life quite a bit more complicated. For example, before the computer age most government documents were on paper. Today, people not only need access to government information on computer media and in computer-readable formats, they need access to the computer programs and systems government uses to make policy and other important decisions. Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin calls this “algorithmic transparency.”

From the Region One superintendent’s desk: An open letter on school safety

To the Parents, Students, and Community Members of Region One, 

 I always prefer to speak and write about the positive things taking place in our schools. Our students and programs designed to promote increased learning are what we should be spending all of our time communicating.


Let’s finally solve the gun problem

Following the latest school shooting at Parkland, Fla., Trump/GOP spokesmen and NRA proponents were quick to say it’s “too bad, too sad and too soon” to discuss gun control and gun safety. Under unprecedented protest and pressure from students, parents and concerned citizens nationwide, the Trump/GOP apologists have attempted to shift the focus of attention to mental health services ­— a subject they have never spoken about, cared about or provided funding for, up to now.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-22-18

Support a bear hunting season

Over the past 20 years, the black bears have become more and more of a nuisance in northwestern Connecticut. They are causing property damage and occasionally killing livestock. A few months ago, a bear killed a donkey in Watertown. A donkey is not a small animal.

I do not hunt, and I love wildlife as much as the next person, but I believe the time has come to establish a limited hunting season for bears in Connecticut. This is not to eradicate the bears, but to bring their numbers to a controllable level. 

Our planet is in jeopardy; we need to act now

The cold polar winter air is pushing down deep into the south while the warm Atlantic air has been darting well north of the Arctic, a condition that has endured well into March now. Where is the “Comes in as a Lion and departs as a Lamb?” March we want? It is the warm south breeze coming up our coast and the Gulf Stream which are penetrating the Polar Vortex and are the most visible facts of global warming. One is water and the other is air, but the effect of both are cumulative.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1918

Benjamin Baldwin of  Taconic has purchased the Salisbury Market. David Hatmaker is in charge there at present.


SALISBURY — George Barton and Walter Hardisty left on Monday afternoon for Fort Slocum to enter service in the Coast Artillery. The best wishes of many friends go with them.


Lost — An Airedale Dog with the name “Bob” on his collar. $5.00 reward. H.N. Willard, Salisbury, Conn.


Lots of good energy at ‘The King and I’

Speaking of reasons to be proud of our students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, their production of “The King and I” March 15 through 17, presented by the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society, was performed before large and appreciative audiences made up of all age groups. Their enthusiasm, hard work and talent shone through, and gave everyone a gigantic boost during the end-of-winter doldrums.