The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

A better way to nominate a president

If You Ask Me

We can assume there are bigger things ahead for Connecticut in the coming presidential campaign than Sarah Palin stopping for gas at a Sunoco station in Berlin on the way to somewhere else.

Not really much opportunity in Connecticut outside of government

The Chris Powell Column

Gov. Malloy and the other Democrats in charge congratulated themselves a couple of weeks ago on the orderly conclusion of the 2011 session of the General Assembly. Everything the majority wanted to do got done in time.

But as it all was facilitated by the largest tax increase in Connecticut’s history, this orderliness wasn’t much of a challenge or a virtue. Rather, it was the consequence of a betrayal.

Cyberwarfare: Air Force to the rescue?

A View From the Edge

The 24th Air Force division is responsible for conducting U.S. defense cyber operations.

Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, vice commander of the Air Force Space Command, said, “We can’t defend the whole network just like we can’t defend all the air domain. Instead we defend the portion we need to operate in. We’ve done it already to assure [support for] Predator [in Afghanistan and Iraq] and space launch operations.”

There are lots of ways to jazz up the perennial border

The Garden Coach

Driving to and from Kent Center School, you can’t help but notice the flowery perennial borders Karren Garrity planted along the picket fence outlining her corner lot. As you round the corner or sit at the stop sign waiting for a school bus to turn, there it is, a gift to the street and a joyous reminder that summer is here. The walkers get a real treat.

When Karren asked me for some coaching, she expressed a sense of liking her plants but being vaguely dissatisfied with the garden as a whole. It looked great in May, June and into July, but then there wasn’t much to see.

Summer’s icons

Nature's Notebook

There are some birds that are just synonymous with summer. Everyone has their favorites. Maybe it’s a wren returning to a box in the yard or a familiar call heard from the garden on an early morning.

Regardless of which one you connect to, the more you become aware of nature around you the more nature becomes part of your everyday life.

I have three birds that connect me to the warm lazy days of summer. The first is the Eastern phoebe. One has nested outside my office window for several years now so I know her well.

The weekend was darker than usual

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

This was a rough weekend for many Northwest Corner residents and several of the largest area businesses due to a lengthy power outage. The quick and damaging storm Thursday afternoon, June 9, brought down many trees and wires and created a bad situation with closed roads and lack of power. (See story, front page.) Throughout the state, and here, this storm seemed to be too much for CL&P to handle in a timely way.

Turning Back The Pages 6-16

75 years ago — June 1936

SALISBURY — Henry Laussucq celebrated his birthday last Saturday by entertaining 12 of his friends at the Warner cabin on the mountain.

SALISBURY — Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Landon celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary last Saturday.

Letters to the Editor - June 16

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Conservatively amused at liberally annoyed responses to letter

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Short-lived try for transparency

If You Ask Me

Transparency, we hardly knew ye.

Shortly after his inauguration on Jan. 5, Gov. Dannel Malloy issued his first executive order, calling for the establishment of an accurate and transparent accounting system for state government, just as he had promised in his campaign. There was no mistaking its importance to Malloy.

Japan: Is the sun beginning to rise?

The Independent Investor

Readers should know by now that I’m a contrarian. The worse things seem to get, the more interested I become. Take Japan for example.

This island nation has suffered one economic bad spell after another for more than 20 years. Japan is a depressing tale of economic and political mismanagement that has resulted in years of negative interest rates, a huge budget deficit, a stagnant economy, moribund stock market and a disillusioned and aging population.