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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 2-23-17

This is a battle that we must win

Supporting those who help in times of emergency

Anyone who has needed to call 911 to request help in a medical emergency will never forget every moment, every detail, of the event. Whether in one’s own home, or out on the road in a vehicle, or elsewhere, what leads up to that call is a series of steps that makes it clear an emergency is at hand. 

Then, the choice must be made to reach out for help rather than trying to manage it oneself. Difficult steps to take, as we all share the human quality of wanting to maintain control of our own destiny, even when all evidence points to the contrary.

Maple sap is running strong

I saw an icicle of sap suspended from a branch like a stalactite, and knew that it was time to set my spiles and start this year’s maple sugaring.  This past weekend’s warm temperatures really got if flowing, and by Monday my two-pail sap works had produced 8 gallons — enough to make almost a quart of syrup. 

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Drawing and lettering

State’s public education really isn’t public at all

Democratic legislators are always most conscientious when they are playing stooges for the teacher unions, the biggest component of the party’s base. Hence the all-nighter Democratic U.S. senators pulled on the Senate floor to posture against President Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary.

Goodbye, Grand Union: What we’re losing

Everyone remembers their first job. I will definitely remember mine, even though according to the internet, it doesn’t exist. That’s right: If you Google “Grand Union Family Markets” and go to Wikipedia, you’ll be told that there are no more stores in existence.  

Our Grand Union slipped under the radar somehow. It stood strong through the selling, rebranding, and demolishing of the rest of its species, and while they closed down one by one, it somehow survived. Come Feb. 25, it will be gone, too.

The Trials of Denial: Science and the Trump administration

Part 2

Eppur si muove

‘And yet it moves!” These are the words of Galileo, after torture by Pope Urban VIII and the Inquisition forced him to recant the idea that Earth moves around the Sun. Scripture said otherwise, and the Pope had a vested interest in that fiction. Galileo was slammed into house arrest in 1633. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — February 1917

SALISBURY — Mr. J.H. Priestman has been under the doctor’s care the past week, suffering from an injured shin bone. Next time, Jack, you better hit the nail on the head.


LAKEVILLE — Joseph Honour disposed of his dairy of 50 cows at auction last Monday.


SALISBURY — Mr. Fred Marston is on the sick list with indigestion.


Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal - 2-16-17

Salisbury volunteers need a new ambulance

It is all well and good to read the factual account of how the Volunteer Ambulance Service was started in 1971. However, there are a few of us still around who remember the personal commitment, dedication and sacrifice involved. 

I do remember that fateful accident which was the final impetus needed to put words into action. 

A new look and feel for your weekly read

Regular readers of The Lakeville Journal many have noticed that over the past year there have been gradual changes to the sorting of information within our pages. Stories were for about 16 years arranged on individual town pages (with regional, health, sports, family and friends news and front page stories having their own pages). There has been an incremental shift to more themed pages, with stories on the same topic (municipal government, the schools, the arts, etc.) from Northwest Corner towns being grouped together.