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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 9-21-17

Kent is the wrong place for Birch Hill

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — September 1917

To the Owners of Dogs in the several towns in Connecticut westerly of the Connecticut River: The infectious disease known as Rabies has been epidemic in western Connecticut, resulting since January 1st, 1917, in the killing of a large number of infected dogs. Approximately 100 persons have been bitten by rabid dogs, necessitating Pasteur treatment, and three human lives have been lost by this terrible disease.

How to pay for your monumental tower

Suppose, hypothetically, you decided to build a monument to yourself, such as a multi-story steel and glass tower in the middle of Manhattan, costing a few hundred million dollars. How would you pay for it?

Well, if you happened to have the cash lying around, that would be a solution, but would it be the “smartest” solution? 

Changes at Housatonic Valley Regional High

When the financing for renovations at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) was first being discussed, one thing that was quite clear from the beginning, upon which everyone generally agreed, was that the upgrades were necessary and had probably been put off too long already. Even given that fact, however, it still was not a simple step to take to spend the money when the number of students at the high school has been steadily declining over the past years.

Avast, ye Mateys!

For the record, Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This conjures up an image of a guy with a peg leg, eye patch and parrot on his shoulder, men like Captain Kidd and Blackbeard. But like most things these days, pirates are not that easily defined. They can be foppish, like Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” or murderous hijackers, like the Somali pirates who took Tom Hanks hostage in “Captain Phillips.”

America, the battered

Extreme weather and other climate disasters appear to be occurring far more frequently than we would like. The loss of life and economic damage also seem to be increasing. But does the data support those opinions, and if it does, what price do we pay for all of these perfect storms?

Mark Twain’s connection in Norfolk

A new book of Mark Twain’s letters provides some details of the famous author and humorist’s visits to Norfolk in the early 1900s. “The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell” publishes all the known correspondence between Twain and his close friend and pastor, with much background about their lives, families and careers.

Ebola, Ça suffit! (Ebola, that’s enough!): Progress has been made on Ebola and other diseases

Part 2 of 2


Ebola virus periodically leaps out of a reservoir in Africa and causes high mortality in humans and great apes. We do not know for sure where the virus hides in the interim, but speculation centers on fruit bats. 

Usually the epidemics are small and are contained by quarantine and isolation, but the large outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in 2014 and 2015 caught the World Health Organization and other agencies unprepared. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 9-14-17

Blumenthal did lie about his service, Mr. Piel

Friendship is not always the best choice to make

In the 1920s, a new idea arose: pen friends. You could have a friend the other side of the globe just by writing back and forth. 

The Scouts made an international pact to all be friends. 

Following WWII, whole countries went out of their way to declare friendship for those who had stood together: Britain became the friend of America and vice-versa. Argentina liked Britain and America. The Philippines was the friend of the U.S., and so on.