The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Budgets! (Bored yet?)

Northwest Corner towns are pretty fortunate in their governance at this moment. The six municipalities generally have committed selectmen who work hard to try to find the best options for their communities, and they seem relatively undaunted by the challenges they face this year in their budget planning. 

But they still must make some very difficult decisions as they try to foresee the future and successfully predict what the state of Connecticut will do in trying to address its own future shortfall. Really, not boring, right?

Trump Care

Trump’s plans show a contempt for women

It was that photo that really summed it up. The one of all those middle-aged white men around a table, making decisions about health care for the rest of us. Vice President Mike Pence sent out the photo with a tweet: “Appreciated joining @POTUS for meeting with the Freedom Caucus again today. This is it. #PassTheBill”

‘The newspapers will always break your heart’

Sixty-two springs ago, I went looking for my first newspaper job while at home in New Jersey, during what was probably not yet known as the spring break from my senior year in college.

So, still a student, that morning I joined the commuters on the Lackawanna train to Manhattan to see if any of the seven dailies I had been reading all my life might be interested in hiring a beginning reporter — or even a copy boy.

Letter to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-30-17

Thanks for listening at HVRHS

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1917

The 3:40 eastbound train was delayed about two hours on Wednesday by the derailing of the front trucks of the tender as the train was approaching the station. The truck left the rails just west of the overhead bridge at Holleywood Grove and bumped along over the ties as far as the W.B. Peabody place. Fortunately no damage was done to the train although about 500 feet of track was disarranged and had to be temporarily repaired before trains could go over it.

Change delayed but inevitable at high school

The unraveling of the initiative to implement a new 4x4 schedule at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) as early as September should be taken as confirmation that it’s always good to find ways to listen to one another, even in the most difficult circumstances. 

Russian Dolls

The tax loophole financial problem

Part 1 of 2

One of the most crucial economic and political issues facing the current U.S. administration and Congress in 2017 is how to manage the U.S. national budget deficit ­— to correct the imbalance between revenues and expenditures.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-23-17

Ryan plan’s many flaws for health care

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is pushing a plan for health care “reform” that would create chaos for doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, state governors and millions of Americans currently receiving medical and mental health care under Obamacare.