The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

NRA Discount

Shernoff, Bidart and Echeverria: lawyers for the people

I first heard about William M. Shernoff in the mid-1970s when he was pioneering a field of law known as insurance bad faith litigation. That bad faith occurs when insurance companies deny legitimate claims or try to use deceptive fine print clauses to escape policy coverage. He was starting to collect both compensation for his clients and large punitive damages when the evidence showed insurance companies were imposing these abuses on many thousands of their customers.

School shootings: What it’s about

The issue of school shootings isn’t just one problem: It’s about mental health, it’s about gun control, it’s about having the right guns in the hands of the right people and it is a constitutional issue. The Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights are as close to some as God and are almost held in the same light. 

The long, bloody road that leads to gun control

I share the frustration shown by Philip Truax  in his article,  “Revisiting the Use of the Second Amendment,” appearing in the Feb. 22 Lakeville Journal.  It is appropriate to do just that because it seems so absurd that this single sentence can be such a bar to much-needed gun control.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1918

SALISBURY — Benjamin Smith counted 20 robins on his premises last Sunday.


CANAAN — C.C. Callendar was in town last week. He sold his house on West Main Street to S.J. Briggs.


Rents are as scarce as ever in Lakeville this spring.


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-8-18

Thanks from EXTRAS

EXTRAS, a state-licensed after-school and summer program for children at the Salisbury Central School, held a sold-out fundraiser on Feb. 4 that exceeded expectations.  It was a pool and pizza party.  

EXTRAS would like to thank The Hotchkiss School, Mizza’s Pizza and all the families who came out for the event.  Without their support, this event would not have been possible.

Betsy Trotta

EXTRAS Board member



Oh no! Not my meals and entertainment

That’s right. The new tax bill eliminates the meals and entertainment deduction, so no more golf games, theater tickets or supping on the IRS. The new 2018 tax act has thrown out these categories of deductions. 

Florida teens: We are rooting for you!

I admit that I was totally wrong and biased in assuming that today’s kids, whether they are millennials or the upcoming members of Generation Z, show no aspirations to become responsible adults. After all, I assumed, this is the generation that is obsessed with nothing significant other than the latest trends in fashion, selfies, endless chit-chats on social media and video games. 

Winsted: Medical marijuana needed

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the medical marijuana program into law back in June 2012, after it was approved by the state Senate. As of this year, 29 states across the country have medical marijuana programs. According to Connecticut’s website on medical marijuana, residents can qualify for it here if they are suffering from one or more of 22 debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and cerebral palsy.