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Trade union democracy

If You Ask Me

I’m sure most Connecticut citizens believed that once an agreement was reached between the governor and the state employee unions, a majority would have ratified the generous offer that avoided layoffs, guaranteed jobs and balanced the state budget.

That’s understandable. The union’s leaders thought so too. If they hadn’t, they wouldn’t be talking about such drastic measures as a revote or a change in sacred union bylaws. The leaders have even announced they’re going to talk to the membership — a novel approach for them.

Cyberwarfare:

A View From the Edge

Schools are wrong, according to Lynn Dugle, president of Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems.

“We are looking for talent in all the wrong places. And the organizations, agencies and companies that most need this type of talent will be the least likely to attract it.” Aerospace and defense are “over-reliant on historical learning methods and processes,” she went on to explain. She has “a real prejudice toward people who work 9 to 5, are willing to contain their personal time off to three weeks, and to charge their time in six-minute intervals.”

Could chestnut forests return?

The Body Scientific

We are assailed by microbial invaders. Whether it is a flu virus or the fungus of Dutch elm disease, all noxious invaders have a common property: They come from far away to infect a native population of people or plants that have not evolved ways to resist.

Asian longhorned beetles not here yet

Nature's Notebook

Last week, a concerned citizen brought what he thought might be an Asian longhorned beetle, or ALB (Anoplophora glabripennis), to the attention of The Lakeville Journal.

To put this into perspective for readers who are not immersed in the world of invasive forest pests and pathogens, confirmation of this insect in our region would be a calamity for our hardwood forests, and most especially for our sugar maples. It would be a disaster for these species comparable to the arrival of plague-bearing rats in medieval Europe for our own species.

Transitions

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

A time of transition, a time of change: Annual graduations signify more than just a rite of passage. Changes of great magnitude, transformational, happen right on the heels of graduations, making them bittersweet for all those celebrating the successful conclusion of one phase of their lives.

There are some friends left behind, some friends made for life. Some teachers who will never be forgotten, whose lessons will carry their graduates forward and inspire them to achieve good things for the rest of their lives. Others will be too soon forgotten.

Letters to the Editor June 23

Letter To The Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Concerned about the future of the Little Scholar School

Turning Back The Pages 6-23

75 years ago — June 1936
SALISBURY — Charles R. Nash is home for a few days before leaving for Lone Pine Camp, Paul Smiths, N.Y.

TACONIC — The Twin Lakes Post Office opened on Monday for the summer season. Miss Nellie Kelsey will be in charge as in former years.

SALISBURY — Moore & Moore have rented the J. Cox Howell place on the Lime Rock road to Mrs. Rebecca Riggs, mother of Headmaster Riggs of Indian Mountain School for the season.

Literary Agent

Editorial Cartoon

A better way to nominate a president

If You Ask Me

We can assume there are bigger things ahead for Connecticut in the coming presidential campaign than Sarah Palin stopping for gas at a Sunoco station in Berlin on the way to somewhere else.

Not really much opportunity in Connecticut outside of government

The Chris Powell Column

Gov. Malloy and the other Democrats in charge congratulated themselves a couple of weeks ago on the orderly conclusion of the 2011 session of the General Assembly. Everything the majority wanted to do got done in time.

But as it all was facilitated by the largest tax increase in Connecticut’s history, this orderliness wasn’t much of a challenge or a virtue. Rather, it was the consequence of a betrayal.