The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Science and sausage

The Body Scientific

With the Dow in turmoil and Congress in disarray, it may seem odd to plan for the future, but American optimism is like a spring, and mine is getting pretty tightly coiled, so let’s think of constructive things to do.  

I leave economics, the dismal science, as Thomas Carlyle called it, to others. Good luck to them. There are optimistic (non-dismal?) forms of science.

Farewell to a great lady

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

This newspaper lost a friend and mentor this week. While every friendship has its ebbs and flows, Charlotte Reid’s respect and appreciation for community journalism was a constant. When she was being covered by this newspaper’s reporters during her time as first selectman of Salisbury, in the 1970s and 1980s (see her obituary and a front page article in this newspaper), she may not have always liked or agreed with what was written. But she did unfailingly acknowledge that such coverage was a necessity for open, free and effective local government.

State should show solidarity with private and public sectors

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

So state union workers have approved their contracts, and most layoffs have been avoided, after much negotiation and wringing of hands. It’s probably safe to assume nobody really wanted their fellow Connecticut workers to lose their jobs. However, it has been difficult for those working in the private sector in this state, which has been struggling mightily over the past few years, to watch the circus that was the too-long discussion on the contracts for state workers.

Turning Back The Pages August 25

Turning Back The Pages

75 years ago — August 1936
ORE HILL — Messrs. Roland and Robert Fenn of Millerton were guests of Morris Dennis last Thursday. While fishing Roland captured a six pound bass. Richard Solan is working hard with his new casting rod to catch the mate to Fenn’s bass.

LAKEVILLE — Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Doyle have severed their connection with the chain store which they have been managing the past year. They have not announced their future plans.

Summer’s bounty

Nature's Notebook

You can feel the changes in seasons already.  Early mornings are cooler, the days are shorter and the forests are noticeably quieter having lost many of the singing migratory birds to parts south. I like this time of year a lot. There is still plenty of warm weather to come for those of us who think in terms of “half full” rather than “half empty” and there is even more to see in our woods and meadows than in previous months.

Paper Bags

Editorial Cartoon

Region would benefit from improved rails

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

There are good reasons why upgrades to the rail crossings and lines in North Canaan, Cornwall and Kent would be good for the entire region. The Housatonic Railroad Co. has already set the stage for renewed passenger service on its Berkshire line, and as reported by Karen Bartomioli in this newspaper last week, the North Canaan-based company is now vying for between $10 and $12 million in transportation grant money to help take area rail service to the next level.

Turning Back The Pages 8-18

75 years ago — August 1936

Reflections of the Season (editorial): The state Motor Vehicle Department states that while not naming the man, the worst driver in the state has had 17 accidents in 10 years. While very interesting, it raises the question as to why after about the 10th accident, the fellow was still able to get a license. Please don’t all answer at once.

SALISBURY — Livingston Lansing is spending his vacation at his home on Lansing Hill.

First aid for the United States economy: revenue reform


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.