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Freedom of Assembly and Speech in the Age of Trump: An Oppenheimer Story: A learnable lesson for 2017?

Part 2 of 2

 

The following is a relevant, personal, cautionary tale from that time of McCarthyism and the Red Scare. In the 1950s, I got to know Princeton Professor J. Robert Oppenheimer (of Manhattan Project fame). A statistical wizard, he was quite a baseball fan and came to many a university game. Out of the blue one day, he asked me, “Would you please teach my 12-year-old daughter, Toni, how to play baseball?” 

Letter to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 5-11-17

Disagrees with Truax’s column on Trump

I began reading with interest Philip Truax’s viewpoint piece in the April 27 Lakeville Journal. I soon saw a definition of terms would be in order.

The column is “On the Left.” Here is where I first want the terms defined: What do you mean by “left?”

Next: “President Trump is moderating his positions on an array of subjects.”

A common goal: student success

What is more important to parents than the happiness and all-around health and well-being of their children? This universal sense is a strong motivator that keeps human society moving forward. Watching the next generations find their way in the world can inspire all adults, whether those younger people are part of their own families or someone else’s. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1917

SHARON — Miss Edna Kincaid visited her parents in Brooklyn recently.

A severe blast of wind last Saturday broke a section of one of the large elms in front of Edward Winckworth’s residence and nearly half the tree fell, demolishing quite a stretch of Mr. Winckworth’s iron fence and just missed the porch. A passerby who happened to be under the falling tree made a lively get-away and saved himself.

SHARON — The Woodmen of the World held an enjoyable card party on Wednesday evening.

Lena Dunham, radical rule-breaker

I have nothing but admiration for Lena Dunham. At 23 she wrote and produced a film, and by 24 she created a series that stayed on HBO for six years and launched a thousand think pieces, all puzzling over her role as the “voice of a generation,” or “a voice of a generation” as her character on “Girls” says in the first episode.

Trump tax plan — another stunt or the start of something big?

Last week, the Trump Administration capped its hundred days with a tax plan that is either “a necessary course correction that will help restore broad-based U.S. prosperity” or a “stunt by a gang of plutocrats looking to enrich themselves at the expense of the country’s future.” Maybe even something in between.

NRA World

A local problem in need of solutions, plus one big success

Some challenges to rural living have changed over the years, and others have not. Some of the amenities of urban life are available more widely now than in the past, mainly to do with communication and information, via cable and the internet. But then, public transportation is no longer an option, as it was when the trains ran throughout the region. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1917

SALISBURY — Paul Parsons and girl friend of Hartford spent the weekend at George Parsons’.

LAKEVILLE — An advance in price of two cents per loaf of bakers’ bread has gone into effect. The price is now 12 cents per loaf. Housewives should do their own bread making as it would be more economical.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 5-4-17

 

To all in Region One

Dear parents, students, and community members in Region One:

On March 22, at a meeting with parents regarding the 2017-18 Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) schedule, Assistant Superintendent Pamela Vogel proposed a process that would include teachers, parents and students to develop a new schedule for the high school.