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Bin Laden

Editorial Cartoon

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Playing the political system, 1940-style

If You Ask Me

They’re saying this is the most wide open Republican presidential race since Wendell Willkie emerged from nowhere to win the nomination in 1940. Maybe, but don’t expect another Willkie.
Willkie made it when primaries and caucuses didn’t get in the way of picking the best candidates. Nominating conventions actually nominated presidential candidates back then, and both Republicans and Democrats went to their conventions that summer of 1940, not knowing what to expect.

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Epidemic remembered

The Body Scientific

In 1735, a diphtheria epidemic swept through Connecticut and the rest of New England. It started in Princeton, N.J., and raged up the coast for several years, killing children throughout New England, including Connecticut. In one family it killed all eight children, swelling their throats until they suffocated.

Except for a monograph written in 1939 that was based on the memoir of a Puritan minister, the epidemic would probably not be remembered. For an additional 200 years, parents lived in fear of diphtheria and other epidemics.

Silly you if you thought concessions meant cuts

The Chris Powell Column

When Gov. Malloy announced that he would seek $2 billion in concessions from the state employee unions in the next budget cycle, a billion a year for two years, most people assumed that these concessions were to come out of the compensation state employees already were receiving.

Why do I like Andy Rooney and his goofy commentary?

Investigative Cartooning

My car was stopped at a red light on 10th Avenue in Manhattan, when (The) Andy Rooney crossed the street. He caught my eye and said, “I look much better in person.” Since he was “in person,” the remark made no sense at all, right? But, sort of funny.

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We take comments, but with some limitations

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Last week, The Lakeville Journal Company launched a new website, www.tricornernews.com, which has replaced the former site, www.tcextra.com, as the place online to find content of all kinds from our three newspapers covering the Tri-state region.

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Turning Back The Pages 5-26

75 years ago — May 1936
Several petitions are being circulated among patrons of the Lakeville Post Office protesting its removal from the present location in the Roberts building to the room under the Stuart Theatre.
SALISBURY — The house occupied by Mr. and Mrs. James Moore is being repaired with new sills and porch.
TACONIC — Mr. William Brayen and daughters Emma and May were callers on old friends in town. Mr. Brayen was at one time owner of the farm now owned by Frank J. Schmalling.
SALISBURY — Douglas Ostrander is driving a new Pontiac coupe.
50 years ago — May 1961

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Healing our home turf and environs

The Garden Coach

Nature doesn’t observe our property lines. The lives of plants, animals and all the unseen microorganisms that sustain life in the soil are circumscribed by different boundaries and connected in innumerable ways.

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Young birders

Nature's Notebook

Young birders
A couple weeks ago we ran our Audubon Bird-a-thon. It’s a typical “-thon” in most ways, but instead of collecting pledges for how many miles we walk, people pledged based on how many bird species our various teams saw. Here in northwest Connecticut, with among the highest diversity of breeding birds in the country, we can often accumulate quite a list.

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Letters to the Editor May 26

Oh, progressives are bad, bad

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