The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

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.

Has Malloy had enough yet with the unions? And, oblivious at UConn

The Chris Powell Column

As he laid off state troopers and prison supervisors in unions that rejected the pay freeze he sought (before becoming immersed in storm cleanup duties), maybe Gov. Dannel Malloy at last had enough of collective bargaining with state government employees.

Shirer’s roots in Connecticut

If You Ask Me

When William L. Shirer’s publisher announced in the summer of 1961 that his history of Nazi Germany, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” had become the first $10 book to sell 200,000 copies, Shirer’s plumber paid him a visit.

“He thought that with $2 million in my pocket, I might be interested in some new plumbing for the house,” Shirer told me when I interviewed the best-selling author in his Torrington home in October 1961.

Global financial speculation: the short-selling of America


Part 2 of 2 - The Solution

The futures market, particularly what are called commodities futures, originally served laudable purposes.

Futures purchases permitted farmers, miners, energy producers, manufacturers and others to go ahead and plant crops, explore for resources, create energy and make products of value to society, knowing in advance that they could count on future marketability to customers and consumers. These were what we might call long sales. They were bets in favor of the future.

No Labor Day

Editorial Cartoon

Letters to the Editor — September 1

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

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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Corporate ladder

Editorial Cartoon

Raise the bar for better schools for all students

If You Ask Me

More than a half a century after the Brown v. Board of Education decision legally ended school segregation, we don’t like to be reminded that our children continue to attend separate and unequal public schools here in Connecticut and across the nation.

Examples of how separate and unequal our schools can be were evident recently at a predominantly white Glastonbury school and a mostly minority Waterbury school.