The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Thoughts and Prayers

Revisiting the use of the Second Amendment

When our Founding Fathers amended the Constitution to include a right to bear arms, arms were very different. I will point out that it was an amendment and not in the original Constitution. The Founding Fathers had made provisions for means by which the Constitution could be altered as needed over time. This provision has served us well enough in the past, but perhaps, like Prohibition, it is time to reconsider the Second Amendment.

A current student’s view of HVRHS grading

My name is Mia Tittmann and I am a ninth-grader at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Of course there have been changes to the school over time, but the response to them has never reached this point.

A Housy graduate’s view of the grading controversy

I hear things from current students about how things at Housy (Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village) are going these days, and I have to say that I’m so glad to have graduated before the ongoing controversy there arose. Between student protests, NYPs and an administration that has reportedly banned students from saying “Housy,” it seems like a real mess these days. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — February 1918

The roads are reported in bad condition, owing to the severe winter weather and old timers are looking for some pretty deep mud when the spring thaw begins.


LIME ROCK — Mr. and Mrs. Garrity went to Pittsfield Tuesday with Tom Dunn who has gone to Hillcrest Hospital for treatment.


William Raynsford and Miss Louise Heaton have returned to Winsted to resume their studies at Gilbert School.


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 2-22-18

Editorial misses the point

The editorial in last week’s Lakeville Journal totally misses the significance of the court’s decision. By upholding the Lime Rock Race Track’s appeal to overturn the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) regulation of the race track, the court has taken away the power of a legally designated local authority to do its job: preserve, protect and regulate. 

History will judge us

Americans love guns. There is ample evidence for that, including the sales of all kinds of them, whether pistols, rifles, shotguns, revolvers, semi-automatic, pump-action, you name it, we love them. Though sales slumped immediately after Donald Trump’s election, it was only due to the large spike before the election, when many believed Hillary Clinton was going to win and wanted to stock up in advance of any gun control legislation a Democratic president might have gotten passed. And, of course, there were increased sales of guns every year during the Obama presidency.

How will the changes in the U.S. tax law affect us all?

Part 2 of a series

The 2018 Tax Act limits the deduction of state and local income, real estate, personal property and sales taxes to a total of $10,000 per return, regardless of filing status or amount paid. It also eliminates exemptions and gives a break to the self-employed. 

I tested four wide-ranging scenarios for the effect of the tax act. Here are the results:

What is stalling wrongful injury lawyers?

Up against four decades of megacorporate erosion of wrongfully injured Americans’ access to our courts, trial lawyers are wondering what use is left of the Seventh Amendment, our constitutional right to trial by jury?