The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

No saving Connecticut without ‘nattering nabobs’


uring the congressional election campaign in 1970, a campaign almost as nasty as last year’s presidential campaign, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew famously derided the Nixon administration’s critics in the news media. 

“In the United States today,” Agnew said, “we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism.”

Harry Truman, a president for his time and for our time

Just before Christmas, The Wall Street Journal had a piece on presidential oral histories, a relatively rare species that tends to range from revealing to self-serving.

But the story, which selected the best of the bunch, recalled a forgotten favorite of mine, “Plain Speaking,” the blunt reminiscences of an aging Harry Truman as told to the novelist and biographer Merle Miller. 

Turning back the pages 1-5-17

100 years ago — January 1917

SALISBURY — George H. Clark has been on the sick list with the grippe the past week.


TACONIC — Mr. Graham is slowly recovering the use of his arm and is much improved in health. He has purchased a new pair of horses and the hope of the community is that he will soon be able to fully attend to his duties.


Letters to the Editor 1-5-17

Donovitch Trumpovitch? 

Welcome to 2017

With each new year, many of us try to look back and evaluate where we’ve been and look ahead to plan where we’re going. This year is no different, though it certainly feels like it is, in many ways.

In the political realm, the country is bracing for a new president, most of us hoping for the best. Of course, Democrats, some independents and even some Republicans are expecting the worst, while Trump supporters are expecting better than what came before. 

The trials of denial

Part I


The newly appointed head of the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, does not accept the evidence for carbon-based climate change. Many members of Congress are climate skeptics, as is President-elect Trump, who called it a hoax. Against the podium pounders of climate denial, it may be a lonely quest, but let me ask: what is the evidence that the “hoax” is instead a real threat?

The invaluable, yet scarce, Senate Torture Report

Part 1 of 2


Recently, I traveled for the fourth time to Guantanamo Bay Naval Station to observe, once again, pre-trial proceedings in the prosecution by military commission of the 9/11 defendants, which case, as I have opined in this newspaper before, may never reach trial. Something very important happened that week, and we do not yet know the result.

Poverty explodes in state but government is oblivious

Nearly every day lately brings reports of deepening poverty and social disintegration in Connecticut, but state government fails to put them together and make sense of them.

The state Department of Children and Families is being sued for $20 million by lawyers nominally representing an infant boy who suffered serious injuries in the custody of foster parents. The department already had taken four children from the boy’s mother, who was unmarried and deemed mentally ill and incompetent.

Fighting the winter blues

We are all inherently heliotropic, drawn to the light, both physically and metaphorically. This time of year, many of us fall victim to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), more commonly known as “the winter blues,” a form of depression closely related to the scarcity of daylight during the colder months. This affliction is more common in northern latitudes and to some degree probably affects more than 10 percent of all New Englanders. Typical symptoms are sadness, listlessness, irritability, and sleeping problems.