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There are 2011 elections

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

With so much talk about and national reporting on the 2012 elections, one might be tempted to believe there were no 2011 elections. Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth. The elections of 2011 are closer than we think and are very important on the local level.

Turning Back The Pages 7-28

75 years ago — July 1936

Reflections of the Season (editorial): A large part of the American public seems to be victims of trailer-itis. The modern trailer seems to have all the comforts of home, but the hotels and tourists’ home proprietors are not exactly giving three cheers on account of this modern method of travel. The trailer is just another example of changing times.

TACONIC — Misses Eleanor and Lois Bloomer spent Monday in Great Barrington on business.

Letters to the Editor July 28

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Disagrees with Journal’s approach to reporting town political news

Last week’s article by Patrick Sullivan on Bob Riva’s candidacy, alternative candidate slate and the Salisbury Republican Town Committee (SRTC) caucus was surprising.

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Air conditioned

Nature's Notebook

There is a cool, steady rain falling outside my window as I write this column. This follows on the heels of the record heat we endured last weekend, which other parts of the country have been suffering through for much longer.

I was in Manhattan last Friday when the temperature hit 106, and the combination of radiant heat and humidity was oppressive in the extreme. I cannot begin to imagine what it was like for those without recourse to air conditioning.

Maybe it’s the name

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

The gala celebrating the 20th anniversary of the northwest Connecticut chapter of Habitat for Humanity Saturday was quite a success (see photo, Page A4). The support given freely to this organization seems at odds with the general feeling about affordable housing in the Northwest Corner, however. The homes built by Habitat are meant for area residents who would otherwise be unable to afford a house in the region, yet there are those who don’t seem to equate them with affordable housing.

Turning Back The Pages

75 years ago — July 1936

SALISBURY — Miss Minnie L. Carroll is enjoying a two weeks’ vacation from her duties at the Occy-Crystine Corp., and has been spending a few days with her sister Ellen in Hartford.

TACONIC — Little Peggy Cunningham of New York City has arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.T. Bloomer to spend the summer.

The large poplar tree in front of the Salisbury Pharmacy has been taken down by Charles Parsons, local tree surgeon.

Letters to the Editor July 21

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Kent belongs in different district

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Editorial Cartoon

The real solution to Social Security, Medicare and the national debt

Insight

Aren’t we making undue heavy weather over the alleged solvency or insolvency of Social Security, Medicare and the nation? Are we not overlooking the obvious? Let’s have a closer look at the facts, and apply a few principles of democratic equity and fairness.

Social Security, introduced under FDR in 1935, fiercely defended by Eisenhower in 1956 and declared a sacred trust by Obama in 2011, is fully solvent, “in the black,” now and for two decades to come, even if we don’t tweak it.

Yes, we could raise the retirement age above 65; that’s a discussion worth having on its own merits.

Getting the job done for students

If You Ask Me

In his five years as superintendent of Hartford’s schools, all Steven Adamowski did was close bad schools, open small, specialized academies, institute longer school days, slash an expensive, unproductive bureaucracy, improve test scores, raise the high school graduation rate from an embarrassing 29 percent to 52 percent, put students in uniforms and fight with the teachers union.