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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-2-17

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Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1917

SALISBURY — Miss Lucy Reed has been assisting in the Library this week, while Miss Norton has been attending a Library meeting in New Britain.

CANAAN — The fire alarm was sounded at midnight Saturday night when a car used as a storehouse in the railroad yards was destroyed.

SALISBURY — Charles Sherman is the assistant at the station.

TACONIC — Painters from Boston are at present at Hill House, residence of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Scoville.

A rough day that could have been even worse

There are those who live in the Northwest Corner who believe that our law enforcement, sparse as it may be compared with that of more urban areas, is not up to the task of fighting serious crime. “Troop B is just a training ground for rookies,” or, “The resident troopers have too little to do,” some have been heard to say. Well, those people will have to readjust their thinking on the subject after the apprehension of two bank robbery suspects traveling from Salisbury into Lakeville on Feb. 15. 

Bourbon Latte

Russian emoluments

This is a cautionary tale for U.S. diplomats and businessmen traveling in modern Russia: It is almost impossible these days to stay in any upscale hotel in Moscow or elsewhere without one’s room being bugged and recorded on tape ­— in sound and, sometimes for more distinguished visitors, in visual media format. (I speak with some experience of this.)

Whither science in the Trump administration?

Part 1 of 2

 

Outstanding science and technological innovation have given the United States a distinct economic competitive advantage. Oddly, the importance of science and innovation were not issues in the presidential election, and seem to be missing in action in the deliberations of President Trump’s new administration. 

All you need to know about Medicare

More of us are signing up for Medicare every day. And as with Social Security, there are plenty of unanswered questions for those of us who are beginning the process. There are plenty of places to seek answers, but how to separate facts from sales pitches from health insurance brokers is part of the problem. Here is a primer that may help you navigate these muddy waters.

We’re running out of sins to tax in Conn.

Over the years, sin has been very profitable for the State of Connecticut, especially the varieties that attract large numbers of sinners. But we may be running low on sins suitable for taxation.

The wages of sin that come to the state’s coffers range from the traditional sin taxes on tobacco and alcohol to the more modern sources of sinful revenue provided by the legalization of lotteries, casinos, off-track betting parlors, charitable games and even the more exotic and less successful forays into jai alai frontons and a greyhound racing track.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — February 1917

SALISBURY — Miss Helen McCarty visited her grandmother in Torrington on Saturday.

It is said there is about three feet of frost in the ground.

SALISBURY — Miss Carrie Conklin is having a few days’ vacation from Clark’s store.

The manner in which the train service has been carried out on the C.N.E. during the past two months has been a fearful and wonderful thing.

What’s to be proud of at the White House?

Visualize a roulette wheel. It has 36 numbers, alternating odd and even, black and red. 

Spin the wheel. Now introduce a marble propelled along the edge of the bowl that houses the wheel, but in the opposite direction of the spin. 

Slowly, the ball will lose momentum and drift downward in its orbit until it collides with the wheel spinning contrarily. The marble jumps and wanders randomly until it finally settles on one number as the wheel drags to a halt. That then becomes the issue of the day, or hour.