The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Islamic law is no issue here, so lay off state’s Muslims

Everybody knows that Islam is having a civil war between murderous totalitarians and people who just want to live and let live. Civilization’s urgent agenda must be to help the good guys. 

But as Connecticut saw last weekend, some people are determined to insult and intimidate the good guys by suggesting that all followers of Islam are bad, which can only discourage the good guys and strengthen the bad guys.

Congressmen who heard shots should be wary of silencers

Among the business postponed by Congress last week after a gunman attempted to shoot several of its baseball-playing members was a hearing on the proposed Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-22-17

Black bear population growing quickly in the state

The black bears frequently seen across Connecticut, particularly in Litchfield County, are one of our state’s most majestic and increasing omnivores. According to DEEP, “Much of Connecticut’s landscape is now forested and is suitable for black bears. The rapid increase in the bear population between the 1980s and early 2000s is expected to continue. As the bear population expands, interactions between humans and bears will increase.”

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1917

SALISBURY — David Jones has been suffering from an attack of lumbago, but is now on the gain.

Scott Flint is the station agent at Twin Lakes for the summer season.

SALISBURY — Mrs. Nora Foley has sold her house to W.W. Hortie and has moved her household goods to Norfolk.

TACONIC — A party from here motored to Pittsfield Monday night to see Buffalo Bill Show.

LIME ROCK — At this writing Grandma Stone is in a critical condition.

Let This Go

The pitfalls of arrogance and pride

Part 4

Imagine a continuum of pride, with extreme arrogance at one end and abject humility at the other. I’ll be examining this continuum in this and the next several columns. 

As examples of arrogance proliferate, the continuum is being continually extended further in that direction. But the other end, that of humility, is shrinking, as examples of abject humility become harder to find — humility is out of fashion, and those who aspire to humility don’t trumpet it. 

Another president went directly to the people, but did it right

Very early in his administration, the president decided he had to find a way to get around the mainstream media and appeal directly to the people. He succeeded better than most, including the current awkward practitioner of the art.

John F. Kennedy had been in office for only a few days when, on Jan. 25, 1961, he became the first American president to hold a live, televised news conference. His predecessor, President Eisenhower, had done some filmed news conferences, but he insisted on White House approval before any exchange could be broadcast. 

Impeachment and criminal prosecution

Part 2 of 2

Secret meetings and back-channeling of secret, encrypted communications, designed to be hidden from our own U.S. national security and intelligence services, would hardly make the President’s situation any better. If treason is proven to be the case, then the solution is clear: “Lock him up.”

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-15-17

Lakeville stretch of road is dangerous

I am writing about the state highway, routes 41 and 44, running through Lakeville, which is referred to in a letter to the editor in the May 25 edition of The Lakeville Journal, written by Nina and Brian Goodall. I found their letter compelling and powerful, pointing out that something must be done.

A problem that can and should be fixed

One of the key responsibilities of our elected officials — and, really, those who work for the state in any capacity — is to insure the safety of the citizens within their domain. That means keeping the electricity and potable water flowing, and attempting to keep the streets personally safe, and safe to travel.