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Venomous politics as usual

If You Ask Me

When Chris Shays announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate next year, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee quickly branded him a carpetbagger, of all things.

These days, a carpetbagger is a person from out of town or out of state who moves in and tries to get elected. Sometimes, if the person is famous enough, it works. Hillary Clinton and Robert Kennedy, two successful candidates from elsewhere who were elected senators in New York, come to mind.

Good news in worldwide innovation

A View From The Edge

Sometimes, good inventions come in simple packages. And sometimes good people redefine their life’s goals to change the lives of many.

Jose Gomez-Marquez at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was frustrated at the lack of money for expensive medical equipment in developing nations. People were dying because, for example, IV drip machinery could cost $5,000. For some hospitals that is the budget for the entire emergency room.

Towns are right to proceed with caution

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Now is not the time for people, or municipal governments, to spend money for which they haven’t accounted. Get in a jam, and there are now fewer ways to find a way out. So it is that two Northwest Corner towns, Cornwall and Falls Village, are being cautious in proceeding with costly civic projects.

Turning Back The Pages 9-8

75 years ago — 1936

SALISBURY — The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Morey has been christened Frank William.

LIME ROCK — Mrs. Salem and daughter and Mrs. Athoe are enjoying a motor trip to Maine.

SALISBURY — Earl Senior has returned to his duties at the First National store after being confined to his home with Tonsilitis.

FOR SALE — (Advertisement) 35 six-week-old pigs. $5.00 each. F.J. Schmaling. Taconic, Conn.

Changes in Washington are not for the better

The Keith C. Burris Column

Washington has changed in the last few years, our national politics has, and not for the better. We got a full-blown demonstration last month with the debt ceiling/debt reduction fight.

There are at least three ways our politics have changed.

Letters to the Editor - Sept. 8

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Thanks for helping young campers

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Letters to the Editor — September 1

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Where was DOT during storm?
As a dispatcher at Troop B, I worked the Sunday of Storm Irene, Aug. 28.
I would like to commend all town crews in the Northwest Corner for their response and efforts during this time.
All town crews and our state troopers, armed with chainsaws, cleared as much as possible to allow for emergency vehicle passage, while it was “too dangerous” for our state DOT personnel to be on the roads. Their overtime piled up while sitting in their garages.

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Turning Back The Pages 9-1

75 years ago — 1936

Reflections of the Season (editorial): Someone has invented a sort of nose guard to prevent hay fever. Why couldn’t someone invent an ear muff that will filter out the nutty radio speeches.

SALISBURY — Dormer Cannon and a party of young friends enjoyed a masquerade dance at his home last Saturday evening.

TACONIC — Verton Thomen was home from the CCC camp at Madison, where he is stationed, to spend the weekend with his parents.

Look at me!

The Country Curmudgeon

It all starts with that little bell on your tricycle. Nobody ever got run over by a tricycle. It is not really a warning device, but rather an announcement of your coming. Jing! Jing! Here I come!

As you got older you graduated to a two-wheeler, but you still went Jing!, unless you had one of those deluxe models that had a horn. Then you went Blaaah.

A big storm’s aftermath

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Here’s hoping the sun is shining as you read this. That was not the case last weekend, when Irene paid the Northwest Corner a visit. While some were relatively unscathed by the heavy rains and gusting winds of the storm, many others in the region were flooded out, lost trees and/or lost power. On Sunday, Aug. 28, just about all of Cornwall and more than half of Sharon were without power. The Housatonic River reached flood stage that morning, and kept rising, and many of the river’s tributaries overran their banks as well.