The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

A big storm’s aftermath

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Here’s hoping the sun is shining as you read this. That was not the case last weekend, when Irene paid the Northwest Corner a visit. While some were relatively unscathed by the heavy rains and gusting winds of the storm, many others in the region were flooded out, lost trees and/or lost power. On Sunday, Aug. 28, just about all of Cornwall and more than half of Sharon were without power. The Housatonic River reached flood stage that morning, and kept rising, and many of the river’s tributaries overran their banks as well.

Has Malloy had enough yet with the unions? And, oblivious at UConn

The Chris Powell Column

As he laid off state troopers and prison supervisors in unions that rejected the pay freeze he sought (before becoming immersed in storm cleanup duties), maybe Gov. Dannel Malloy at last had enough of collective bargaining with state government employees.

Shirer’s roots in Connecticut

If You Ask Me

When William L. Shirer’s publisher announced in the summer of 1961 that his history of Nazi Germany, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” had become the first $10 book to sell 200,000 copies, Shirer’s plumber paid him a visit.

“He thought that with $2 million in my pocket, I might be interested in some new plumbing for the house,” Shirer told me when I interviewed the best-selling author in his Torrington home in October 1961.

Global financial speculation: the short-selling of America


Part 2 of 2 - The Solution

The futures market, particularly what are called commodities futures, originally served laudable purposes.

Futures purchases permitted farmers, miners, energy producers, manufacturers and others to go ahead and plant crops, explore for resources, create energy and make products of value to society, knowing in advance that they could count on future marketability to customers and consumers. These were what we might call long sales. They were bets in favor of the future.

No Labor Day

Editorial Cartoon

Corporate ladder

Editorial Cartoon

Raise the bar for better schools for all students

If You Ask Me

More than a half a century after the Brown v. Board of Education decision legally ended school segregation, we don’t like to be reminded that our children continue to attend separate and unequal public schools here in Connecticut and across the nation.

Examples of how separate and unequal our schools can be were evident recently at a predominantly white Glastonbury school and a mostly minority Waterbury school.

Global financial speculation: the short-selling of America


Part 1 of 2 - The Problem

Science and sausage

The Body Scientific

With the Dow in turmoil and Congress in disarray, it may seem odd to plan for the future, but American optimism is like a spring, and mine is getting pretty tightly coiled, so let’s think of constructive things to do.  

I leave economics, the dismal science, as Thomas Carlyle called it, to others. Good luck to them. There are optimistic (non-dismal?) forms of science.

Farewell to a great lady

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

This newspaper lost a friend and mentor this week. While every friendship has its ebbs and flows, Charlotte Reid’s respect and appreciation for community journalism was a constant. When she was being covered by this newspaper’s reporters during her time as first selectman of Salisbury, in the 1970s and 1980s (see her obituary and a front page article in this newspaper), she may not have always liked or agreed with what was written. But she did unfailingly acknowledge that such coverage was a necessity for open, free and effective local government.