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How does she do it?

Consider This
tarak@lakevillejournal.com

As a working mother, I would much rather be represented by Julianna Margulies than Sarah Jessica Parker, any day of the week. Margulies plays the character of Alicia Florrick on CBS’s “The Good Wife.” Sarah Jessica Parker is currently starring as an overworked mom in the recently released movie, “I Don’t Know How She Does It.”

Not new to raise taxes on the rich

If You Ask Me

Raising the taxes of the wealthiest Americans to meet a crisis — soaking them, if you will — is a grand, old, bipartisan tradition, almost as old as the income tax itself.

In fact, the federal income tax was only 4 years old in 1917 when Woodrow Wilson raised the tax rate on the rich from 15 to 67 percent to help pay for the war.

The first president to increase taxes on the rich to deal with a depressed economy and high unemployment wasn’t, as one might suppose, Franklin Roosevelt. It was his predecessor, the conservative Republican Herbert Hoover.

A well-supported argument won the day

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Check one in the “win” column for the little guy. While over the years there have been many objections made to cell towers proposed for different locations in the scenic northwest hills, those objections have not often resulted in a change in plans for the phone company looking to erect the tower.

Turning Back The Pages 9-29

75 years ago — September 1936

Reflections of the Season (editorial): Judging from the scenes along most any of the highways one must conclude that in the course of time there will be a race of people with extra large thumbs.

SALISBURY — Edwin Fitting quite badly cut his hand on broken glass at the water tub recently.

LIME ROCK — Mr. Buttery is in a New York hospital for treatment.

50 years ago — September 1961

Letters to the Editor - September 29

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Generous donors for diabetes event
I would like to take this opportunity to express my thankfulness and heartfelt appreciation for all the generous donations and support Team Tavern received for the Juvenile Diabetes Walkathon.
The patrons of the Sharon Valley Tavern and the Cousins Mini Market in Wassaic, N.Y., really showed their commitment by not only donating to the cause but by also joining me on Sept. 20 at the walkathon to help raise awareness of diabetes.

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Invasive plants: now is the time to fight back

Nature's Notebook

A walk along our country roads is not what it used to be. Instead of a diversity of plants along our way, we are often faced with a wall of vines and a monoculture of shrubs. We all know that these are invasive plants and we have seen exhibits, read articles and maybe attended lectures on the issue.

Taking action to address the situation is another story.

Back to School

Editorial Cartoon

Nelson Brown helped Connecticut get past corrosive religious rivalry

The Chris Powell Column

Fifty-three years have passed since Nelson C.L. Brown II, Republican of Groton, was speaker of Connecticut’s House of Representatives, but the reception line at his wake at the state Capitol the other day would have done honor to any current denizen of the building.

For Brown never really left. He went on to have a long career as a lobbyist, representing, among others, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, and retired only a few years ago, already in his 80s.

Excuses, excuses

If You Ask Me
dahles@hotmail.com

Whenever there’s a special election to fill a U.S. Congressional seat, the winning party sees a significant national trend in the outcome and the loser makes excuses. That is precisely what happened after the huge Republican victory in New York’s historically Democratic 9th Congressional District last week.

The Democrats have had to do the fastest talking because the loss certainly looks like something the party and especially the president should be very worried about.

When is enough enough?

A View From the Edge

The truth always comes out. I was listening to former Vice President Dick Cheney the other day explain why torture, as a policy, is in America’s interest. He was not advocating carte blanche torture, just the torture “of individuals whose interests are against ours.”

OK, you say, he is all for protecting America. Now Cheney is not a stupid man, but for a smart man he is an awfully bad student (learning from the mistakes of others before him) and, what is worse, he is using his bully pulpit in the media to pervert reason for the next generation.