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What will be the unkindest cut of all?

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

With the unveiling of Connecticut’s state budget this week, one thing is sure: There are now plenty of unhappy recipients of fewer state dollars. It’s also pretty sure that all those at the wrong end of the budgetary knife strongly believe theirs is the one and only entity that must retain its funding. It’s everyone else who’s squandering the state’s money, not them.

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Turning Back The Pages 2-17-11

Turning Back the Pages

75 years ago — February 1936
On Monday morning the mercury stood at 16 to 20 below according to locality and thermometer. On Tuesday it registered from 10 to 14 below.
 
Ice is being harvested from the lake.
 
SALISBURY — Charles DuBois was quite badly jarred and bruised in a fall down the cellar stairs at his home last Thursday evening, when he stepped upon the family cat. The cat died as a result of the accident.
 

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The day I said no

Ranting Retiree

This is a tale the Tea Party folks will enjoy (I do hope they read my column). I was way ahead of them in standing firm that government shouldn’t interfere with our fine capitalistic way of following the Constitution to the letter of the law.
It was many years ago when I was managing the state’s Travel Promotion Department. It was one of those very dry winters that all of you digging out your drive and walkways today remember.

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412 calls in 2010

At Your Service

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) is an all-volunteer organization whose members are on call 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week to respond to emergencies in the community.

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Have faith, spring will come

Nature's Notebook

This memorable winter of deep cold and heavy snowfall has entered that wearying stage where most of us are desperate for the inevitable thaw and the onset of spring.
I certainly am done with ice dams and the labyrinth of piled snow I must negotiate just to squeeze out of my driveway.
Still, there are a number of ecological benefits from such a winter, and those who lived on the land before the age of central heating and the internal combustion engine endured far worse.

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The eternal Drug War

Body Politic

The Afghanistan War seems interminable. It is the longest hot war in U.S. history. Europe’s Hundred Years War remains the world record holder, but things moved slower back then. Pentagon officials appear to dream of setting a new record in Kabul.
Meanwhile, our War on Drugs is quietly building its own longevity record. This war dates back to the Nixon administration and shows little sign of abating.

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Birds in the wake of spring

Nature's Notebook

It’s hard to imagine that spring might be around the corner, but there are some signs. First off, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow in Pennsylvania and called for an early spring. And Chuckles VII, a groundhog at the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, Conn., agreed!

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Are electronic toll systems environmentally efficient?

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: Has the use of E-ZPass and similar programs to facilitate faster highway toll-paying cut down on traffic jams and therefore tailpipe pollution? Why do we need tolls at all?
Dianne Comstock
New York, N.Y.
 

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Question brings life to important program

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Are You Okay? It’s a question asked millions of times by millions of people every day. It’s also the name of a program that could very easily save your life.

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So long, Q103, and thanks

The Lakeville Journal Editorial
editor@lakevillejournal.com

The loss of a local media outlet is to be mourned at any time. The health of any community depends on a steady flow of good information going out to its residents, whether on the airwaves, on paper, online or by satellite or cable TV. However, in this day of dwindling small-market, independent media, it is particularly difficult for communities to accept such a local closure, especially when an outlet has been a part of the local psyche for years.

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