The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Give Region One initiative a chance

When an adult begins a new job and starts with a training period, the last thing she or he would want would be to be judged and assessed on the first or second day as to skill and mastery of that position. There is a learning curve, no matter what new activity one takes on, and each of us needs time to understand and internalize any task with which we are unfamiliar. 

So it is with students in elementary and high school, too, who take on so much new information in each school year that it can be daunting, even for them, whose brains are still growing and adding cells.

Global Warming

Longing for some sense from chaos

The land of the free and the home of the brave. I have wanted to support our new president. But I have two huge issues.

Mexico: When I was a child, at an age of perhaps eight, my father took us in our Studebaker station wagon to Tijuana, Mexico. He had bought some bags of candy. He wanted to show us, his children, how much different our lives were as Americans from those of other parts of the world.

Welcome to Dystopia on the Potomac River

In 1949, George Orwell wrote “1984,” his enduring novel about the totalitarian state of Oceania, where thought was controlled with the help of “Newspeak,” and its reduction of the English language to simple concepts that reinforced the power of the state.

In 2017, on its third day, the Trump Administration enriched American thought with the introduction of “alternative facts” courtesy of the administration’s accomplished doublespeaker, Kellyanne Conway. 

Letters to the Editor 2-2-17

Take action to combat this fresh hell

We are descending to a lower level of hell on Earth than that to which Cheney/Bush lowered us, with the Trump crowd of wealthy bullies in command. The destroyers of America in total control — Congress, president and Supreme Court. That can only be described as hell. We are now in the exact state that Republican President Eisenhower warned must not happen: control by corporations and the military (and all their political puppets).It is going to go faster and worse than ever before.

Turning back the pages 2-2-17

100 years ago — 1917

Richard Ramsey died at Litchfield Jan. 13. The deceased was formerly of Lakeville, being employed at one time as farmer by the late Dr. Knight and also conducted the town farm for several years. Mr. Ramsey was a brother of Mrs. Hardin Duncan and was 73 years of age. The cause of his death was appendicitis.


SALISBURY — Little Calvin Senior has been quite seriously ill the past week.


Choosing battles


“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman ...”

— Thomas Paine, The Crisis No. I, December, 1776


Another way to look at the potluck dinner


Mary Close Oppenheimer and her husband, Philip Oppenheimer, were among several people who asked for copies of the potluck dinner guidelines that were created by Brooke Loening, featured in our issue of Jan. 12. That article inaugurated a new column, Hungry Friends, that we hope will run regularly. The idea behind it is, as Brooke would say, taking us out of our culinary comfort zones by taking part in small potluck dinners. 

Trump should remember the fates of LBJ and Nixon

On his way out of the White House last week, President Obama assured the country that all would be well. But Obama is not returning to Chicago, which is engulfed by the violence of social disintegration, nor even to Illinois, the most insolvent of states, and if everything were well he wouldn’t be delivering the White House to anyone like Donald Trump.

Please rise

Sports stars who protest the national anthem aren’t sending the right message. Athletes like Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers are using their celebrity to show that they are against police brutality. What they’re doing is wrong. It spreads the idea that protesters of police tactics are unpatriotic people who don’t care what is right or wrong. They are inciting discord among fans, the populace and the NFL. It is also disrespectful to veterans and those who lost their lives serving this country.

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