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Drawing new lines to germinate new planting ideas

The Garden Coach

I finally planted my fothergilla on Father’s Day. Now I can’t imagine it not being there.

Sometimes figuring out where to plant when lines have already been drawn and beds are full isn’t easy. It’s hard to see past what is already there, to think outside of the box, especially when beds run parallel to walls of the house.

Washington Cockroach

Editorial Cartoon

For real accountability in state government

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

What should the profile be for the person who fills the newly created state job of executive director of the Office of Government Accountability (OGA)? Well, according to the head of the Government Accountability Commission (which is responsible for choosing the candidates for this position) and the Office of State Ethics, Carol Carson, as quoted in the www.CTMirror.org, candidates ought to have “the ability to work with all of the varied commissions and offices — and their varied missions — in a way that won’t cause chaos.”

Turning Back The Pages 8-11

75 years ago — August 1936

Reflections of the Season (editorial): A lot of good money is being burnt up in gasoline these days that would go quite a ways toward keeping the home fires burning brightly next January.

SALISBURY — Reverend and Mrs. Earl O. Pearman returned Saturday from vacationing in the Green Mountains.

LIME ROCK — Miss Carolyn Stanton has returned after being in Torrington.

Tougher than one may think to find someone worthy of a person’s vote

If You Ask Me

If the presidential election were held today, I would find it difficult to vote for Barack Obama. His failure to lead during this long period of economic distress has led me to this unhappy conclusion.

Fortunately, the election isn’t being held today, so there’s still time for the president to show the many who once supported him that he deserves a second term. But it’s now his economy.

Evolution of a social Darwinist

The Long View

The zealous federal budget-cutters intent on slashing social programs are the latest social Darwinists, those who believe in economic and social “survival of the fittest” and think that toughness is the only route to a healthier society. Social Darwinists shout that if you can’t make it on your own, you should please die or get out of the way of those who can.

Letters to the Editor August 11

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Columnist Shanley gets it right in his assessment of the U.S. economy

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Black racer

Nature's Notebook

I came across a serpent in an Edenic setting last weekend, stretched out in the sun on a pile of brush just over an embankment. It was a black racer, Coluber constrictor, with its large eyes and a white area under the chin, and though they are not uncommon in our region I had not seen one for many years. This is a very fast snake, and it turned tail and vanished as soon as it caught sight of my movement as I was pointing it out to my son, Elias.

Murder Trial

Editorial Cartoon

Finances matter for state pols

If You Ask Me
With polls showing 80 percent of the voters disgusted or angry with Congress and the 20 percent not disgusted or angry apparently in a heat-induced coma, Connecticut voters will have only Democratic congressmen to blame next year. As a result, we may see stronger and maybe even better financed Republican challengers seeking to replace these Democrats in the 2012 election, leaving their congressional monopoly in some danger.