The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1917

SALISBURY — Mrs. Harry Jones and son Charles of Torrington have been visiting at David Jones’. Mr. Jones spent the Fourth here.

LAKEVILLE — Miss Mary Flynn is enjoying a vacation from her duties at the central office. 

TACONIC — Mr. Peter O’Hara is suffering from intestinal trouble.

SALISBURY — Samuel Whitbeck has purchased Fred Sealey’s Buick automobile.

Letter to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 7-6-17

Thanks for supporting SVAS and the cricket players

On Saturday, June 24, the Salisbury Cricket Club hosted its second “international” match against the “Rest of The World” at Community Field in Lakeville in aid of the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service. Donations are still coming in, but to date the event has raised close to $5,000 for the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS).

Haunting memories of Gallipoli, lingering effects of the Great War

I read with interest the article on World War I remembrance in the May 18 issue of The Lakeville Journal, and Heather Chapman’s fine letter in the June 1 issue. She questioned some points in the article, and described her father’s war experience. 

Among other things, Henry Chapman served and was wounded in the Gallipoli campaign. It is extraordinary that we can thus be connected to this foreboding and long forgotten battlefield, on the other side of the globe, by the father of a neighbor in Falls Village.

Support our local volunteer organizations

Summer: the time when many of the area nonprofit organizations present their annual fundraisers, some high-profile and highly profitable, some low-profile and only moderately so. For each of these organizations, the money that is made during the short and busy summer season helps them provide services that are essential to the lives of our communities all four seasons of the year. This is the time to support them, choosing those closest to our hearts or of most relevance to the largest proportion of our area population.

A big lie in a small newspaper that launched McCarthyism

Dick Ahles

On Feb. 10, 1950, a West Virginia daily newspaper innocently printed what may have been the biggest lie up to that time in modern American history. This big lie in that small paper endures because it taught the politically ambitious that a big lie or two could take you far, like the more recent big lie about the birthplace of a president that paved the teller’s way to his own presidency.

Truth, democracy in the age of Trump

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has brought to the fore a national debate on the relationship between truth and democracy in American politics. 

It would seem obvious, almost beyond debate, that Abraham Lincoln’s “government of the people, by the people and for the people” requires a reasonably educated citizenry,  informed of actual facts. These may include basic, truthful facts about democratic government, current events, history, science, economic and social reality, law and politics. 

Truth-telling and representational democracy

All democratically elected presidents lie to the public now and then, some more frequently than others. But all autocratic leaders lie to the public all the time and every time, believing that telling the truth never benefits them. 

Our Founding Fathers had a sense that truth and democracy were irrevocably intertwined, that embracing honesty and truthful communications to the public was at the heart of what they referred to as republicanism. 

Democracy, republic: the question’s the same

I don’t believe that the United States is a democracy. My trusty old dictionary claims that a democracy exists where government is by the people, where the majority rules. If that’s correct, as judged by our last presidential election, in which Hillary Clinton received more popular votes than Donald Trump, we are not a democracy at all. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1917

SALISBURY — Miss Madeline Beers is absent from the tea room on account of an attack of grippe.

Mrs. John Hayde was struck by an automobile and quite badly injured at Millerton last Saturday evening. Mrs. Hayde sustained a fractured skull and a broken collar bone. She was hurried to Sharon Hospital where she is now reported as improving.

LAKEVILLE — The Hose Company was called out Thursday afternoon to extinguish a blaze in Mrs. Knight’s boat house.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-29-17

Esty is getting things done in Washington

Listening to the news from Washington, one would think the government was in frozen deadlock, with nothing getting done. But the good news is that our 5th District U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is proving that government can continue to get things done, for those who work hard and reach across the aisle.