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Gun control: We need answers

In this era of extreme polarization in our country, what will it take to make some measure of compromise happen? 

On changes in federal gun control legislation, we wrote much the same thing as this and the following almost five years ago, after the shooting in Newtown at Sandy Hook elementary school: If not now, then when? But in the time since, there have been many more school shootings, and mass shootings, with the record-setter in Las Vegas still stunning our national psyche. 

You're Fired

‘Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water’

Part 2 of 2

Last time, Church showed why the Army Field Manual provides the most effective protection against torture, and that President Obama’s Executive Order 13491 extended its reach to all U.S. interrogations, including those conducted by the CIA. But can Trump, with a pen stroke, sign a new order freeing the CIA from the manual’s restraints?

 

Certainly Trump could rescind President Obama’s order. But where would that leave Trump and Pompeo, who may have put the president up to it?

Freedom for the thought that we hate

Maybe it’s time to remind ourselves that Americans have the constitutional right to do unpopular, even obnoxious things in public, like kneeling when the national anthem is played at a football game or screaming “lock her up” at a political rally. A little perspective may be in order. 

WOW! Women in business celebrated at Torrington forum

There are some pretty impressive facts about women in the workforce. These statistics are noteworthy. Women comprise 46 percent of the total U.S. labor force but 46 percent earn less than $8 per hour. A big change from the past is that most women today know that getting a job is a part of life.

Women make only 77.5 cents for every dollar that men earn. However, this gap is closing because more women are continuing higher education. According to the Pew Research Center, today’s young women are starting their careers better educated than their male counterparts.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 10-5-17

The Soul — mens sana in sano corpore

The Soul — mens sana in sano corpore

Sound mind in sound body

Is it the mind?

Does it separate itself when the body ceases to exist?

What is it? Is it an “It”?

Does Soul have a gender?

Does Soul officiate at same sex weddings?

Does Soul protest White Supremacist rallies?

It’s OK to disagree, but not to attack

For those who were thinking this bucolic corner of the world might be immune to the vituperative divisiveness seen across the country, think again. There is plenty of uncivil discourse and action to go around, even here.

Repeal Replace

Losing our grip on reality 2.0

Regardless of where one stands on the current controversy about the “statue worthiness” of various historical figures, we can all agree on one thing. These people actually existed in real life. A low bar to be sure, but from a reality perspective not the lowest. That distinction would go to the plethora of statues around the country of actors as the fictional characters they played on TV or in the movies.

Yale to use two or three words where one will do

Amidst the turmoil of the fading summer of ‘17 — the hurricanes, a nuclear North Korea, racial and political divisions and the like — you may not have noticed that one of our great universities had quietly eliminated its freshmen and upperclassmen.