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How much fighting can we take?

If You Ask Me

When House Speaker Christopher Donovan visited several 5th District towns last week to announce he was running for Congress, you could say he came out fighting.

“Chris Murphy fought for the people of this district. And now that he is running for Senate, we need someone to represent us who will fight for us like Chris did. Not fight for the banks, not fight for the insurance companies, not fight for the Wall Street fat cats, but someone to fight for Main Street. And someone who has fought for you and with you for years — and won.”

How much has 9/11 cost us?

The Independent Investor

Picture an entire fleet of brand new Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, chock full of the latest stealth aircraft that money can buy, then double it. That’s about the size of the dollar and cents differences one finds in trying to estimate the costs of 9/11. Just how large is the range?

Free trade: a corporate scam

Body Politic

Free trade isn’t the only thing ruining America, but it’s a biggie. The most obvious reason is that so many jobs have gone overseas. You’d think economists might feel a duty to explain to our leaders what’s gone wrong. Well, that’s their job, but most economists these days work for industry, largely the very same employers who benefit from cheap foreign or imported labor. They’re surely not going to sound the alarm.

Farewell, Mr. Speaker

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Connecticut lost a longtime public servant last week who knew all about creating an atmosphere of unity. Nelson C.L. Brown II (1922-2011) was elected to the first of three terms as a state representative from Groton in 1952 and became the youngest ever speaker of the state House in 1957. He was a Republican who understood the importance of putting the needs of the state and his constituency first, above party politics. He had friends on both sides of the aisle and treated all of them with the same measure of respect whether or not he agreed with their political stands.

In defense of unity

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

The commemorations at Ground Zero on Sunday, Sept. 11, for the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were moving and even uplifting. It was especially affecting to see so many family members of those who were killed that day give tribute to their loved ones, reciting their names and poignantly saying goodbye once more.

Turning Back The Pages 9-15

75 years ago — September 1936
SALISBURY — Dr. and Mrs. John C. Goddard attended the golf tournament at Norfolk Monday.

TACONIC — Mr. and Mrs. Jules Rebillard and children of New Britain, Conn., spent the weekend at their camp at Kelsey’s shore.

LAKEVILLE — Mr. John McChesney received a fractured left collar bone on Wednesday when the saddle horse he was riding stepped into a woodchuck hole and stumbled, throwing Mr. McChesney. He is reported as comfortable.

Letters to the Editor - Sept. 15

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

A fisher is after our pet cats
I’m responding to the missing cat letter of Aug. 25. I also have a missing cat, since the last week of July. I’ve been hearing awful screeching sounds like nothing I have ever heard before in the woods behind my house,which is on Bostwick Street in Lakeville.

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It’s time to redirect energy in the garden

The Garden Coach

If you didn’t get around to pruning to shape that overgrown Japanese maple or clean out the congested clump of powdery-mildew plagued lilacs, you’re off the hook for now. Plants are redirecting their energy to get ready for winter and so should we.

Riders in the Storm

Nature's Notebook

As our area and communities around us continue to recover from wind and water damage caused by recent storms, there have been many questions regarding how these weather events have affected wildlife and how birds and other wildlife cope with high winds and 9 to 11 inches of rain all at once.

Fickle September

Nature's Notebook

Tonight the air is sultry and sticks to the skin. Earlier this week I watched my breath turn to frost in the cool of the morning. My tomatoes may go on producing throughout the month, or could be blackened by a hard freeze. September is like that in New England. You can have tropical storms and early frost and everything in between.