The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1917

LIME ROCK — H. Amundsen has been housed with a cold.


TACONC — Mr. Wm. Field, who has been confined to the house for several weeks, is able to be out, and is busying himself at his favorite work among the hot-beds.


For Sale Cheap  A golden oak roll top desk, four feet wide, made by Sellew, the best maker in the country. In as perfect working condition as when first made, sold for lack of use. Geo. D. Harrison.


Changes at Sharon Hospital: Do your part

When Mike Browder, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of RCCH Health Care Partners, the current ownership group of Sharon Hospital, who has been involved with the hospital all the way back to Essent’s ownership, says it doesn’t make sense for his group to keep running the hospital, he should be believed. 

Spring will come on its own terms

The onset of spring in New England contains pitfalls for a nature columnist. The temptation to discuss the weather — mercurial, unseasonable, depressing — must be avoided at all cost. Predictions should be made as generalizations only. Better to concentrate dispassionately on observable patterns and trends. The snow will melt. The grass will green. Right now it is still quite cold in the mornings.

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Government in the Sunshine

Dodging the whole truth, outing the big lie

On Jan. 11, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia pressed secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, to admit to knowing of the company’s years-long practice of funding research designed to discredit climate science. When Tillerson declined to answer, Kaine asked, “Are you not answering because you don’t know, or because you don’t want to?” To which Tillerson, with a slight smile, replied, “A little of both.”

Human rights in the age of Trump

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States raises serious questions about the future of basic human rights in America. 

In his almost daily barrage of media commentary and tweets to the American public, the new president has shown an astounding lack of awareness or concern for human rights, such as free speech and assembly, freedom of religious belief, racial and gender equality, freedom to travel, labor rights, public education, freedom from want, or the right to vote. 

More travels with Louise: Letter from Haiti, Part II

Haiti is not exactly your classic Caribbean getaway. But it will shake you out of the winter doldrums.

Last summer, in these pages, I wrote about a trip to Haiti with Louise to help out the Centre de Santé Communautaire de Mare-Joffrey, a health clinic deep in the Southeast. It was my introduction to a beautiful, vivacious, but deeply troubled country. 

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Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1917

SALISBURY — The house formerly owned by Mrs. M.E. Bower will be used as an annex to the White Hart Inn the coming season. Extensive repairs and alterations are being made to the interior of the building.

CANAAN — Miss Sarah Rood was home several days last week with the quinsy.

SHARON — State engineers have been in town making surveys for the proposed trunk line from Lakeville to this village.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-16-17

The broken rung at HVRHS

During the last month, the administration at Housatonic has moved to revamp the class schedule to implement personalized learning. The new schedule must necessarily be an extended-period schedule (block schedule) in order to provide time for extended instruction. Parent complaints about this change are mounting. I believe that the community should be aware of some aspects of the situation that may not be obvious, to the parents or to the boards of education.