The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Two approaches to government transparency

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

There’s a certain irony in the fact that the governor and state Legislature have likely put open information in Connecticut at great risk, while the state’s judiciary has taken a step that improves the public’s access to the courts in a very real way.

Turning Back The Pages 7-7

75 years ago — July 1936

SALISBURY — Miss Nellie Ball and Mrs. George Senior enjoyed a trip to Hartford last Sunday and visited the Rose gardens now in full bloom.

TACONIC — Herbert Scoville Jr. is enjoying the fishing in New Brunswick, and last week sent home a beautiful 30 pound salmon, a very substantial evidence of his skill as an angler.

A different take on Medicare, Social Security

If You Ask Me

This year, the first baby boomers are celebrating their 65th birthday, and their generational birthday/retirement parties will continue until 2029 when the last of them, those born in 1964, reach 65. Seventy-six million in all.

There will be aging baby boomers around, devouring monthly Social Security checks and Medicare payments, if there still are such things, well into the second half of the century.

Rare earth elements : Let’s invest in America


According to a recent report of the Washington-based Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS), China controls approximately 97 percent of the world’s rare earth elements market. Some 3 percent is controlled by a handful of other countries, such as Australia, India, Malaysia and Russia. The U.S. share is perilously close to zero. Should we be worried? What’s the problem? What’s the solution?

Letters to the Editor July 7

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

So much is said about affordable housing in Salisbury with poor information

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Natural fireworks: the blinking firefly

Nature's Notebook

What would a warm summer evening be without the firefly? Enjoying a late barbecue with friends and family this weekend, we all commented that the firefly or lightning bug sets a relaxing mood and heightens one’s sense of wonder.

While fireworks were being enjoyed in celebration of the Fourth of July, fireflies, one of summer’s phenomena, were putting on a show of their own.

Fireflies are fascinating to children and adults alike. I’m sure that most of us collected fireflies in jars when we were children. I certainly did.

Changes in zoning for town of Salisbury?

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Neighbors can’t always get along and they can’t always agree on the best approaches to handling their properties and changes to them. Matters of planning and zoning can become extremely contentious, despite what are often the best of intentions of all concerned, and can lead to problems that can seem insurmountable. People pay a lot of money for their properties and so want to be able to make changes as they see fit while at the same time maintaining some control over the changes their neighbors may make that would affect their viewsheds.

Turning Back The Pages 6-30

75 years ago — June 1936

SALISBURY — Frank Knickerbocker is enjoying his annual vacation from his duties at the First National Store in Canaan.

LIME ROCK — Arthur Buttery and family motored to Bridgeport for the week end.

SALISBURY — George Parsons has fireworks for sale this year at the same old stand.


Editorial Cartoon

Trade union democracy

If You Ask Me

I’m sure most Connecticut citizens believed that once an agreement was reached between the governor and the state employee unions, a majority would have ratified the generous offer that avoided layoffs, guaranteed jobs and balanced the state budget.

That’s understandable. The union’s leaders thought so too. If they hadn’t, they wouldn’t be talking about such drastic measures as a revote or a change in sacred union bylaws. The leaders have even announced they’re going to talk to the membership — a novel approach for them.