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First aid for the United States economy: revenue reform

Insight

It comes as something of a surprise to read pronouncements by some conservative gurus in the pages of mainstream newspapers such as the New York Times that “Obamacare is the principal cause of the economic recession and the U.S. debt crisis.”

That’s curious. Didn’t the debt problem begin under President George W. Bush in 2001-2008? Didn’t the economic recession begin in late 2007, and didn’t President Obama take office afterward in January 2009?

Trade union democracy

If You Ask Me

When we were first told that the state employee unions required an 80 percent yes vote to ratify a contract, a union official proudly proclaimed we were witnessing trade union democracy in action.

But since then, the 80 percent rule was magically reduced to a simple majority, without the advice and consent of all those trade union democrats.

In more authoritarian societies, this sort of thing is known as the dictatorship of the proletariat, the proletariat being the industrial working class that is theoretically endowed with all the political power, but not really.

What to expect after a waterfall decline

The Independent Investor

It’s been one heck of a two weeks. One would think the world was coming to an end, given the way global markets have behaved. You may not be able to make much sense of why markets sold off so quickly, but out of the carnage we may be able to predict what comes next. Here’s why.

Stock market free falls, such as the one we are presently experiencing, are called waterfall declines, which are sudden drops of 20 percent or more compressed into a few short weeks or days. They are fairly rare events and most follow a roughly similar pattern consisting of three phases.

Letters to the Editor August 18

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Tag sale proceeds will help Habitat
As Habitat for Humanity puts the wraps on another record-breaking tag sale, several acknowledgements are in order:  The Hotchkiss School for providing a great venue along with an extremely helpful staff; tables from Salisbury School and the Lakeville Hose Company; Lynn and Tony Nania for hosting our victory party; and all our faithful  volunteers and the public for their unwavering support.

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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.