The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1917

There will be an illustrated lecture on Forestry in Connecticut by the State Forester, W.O. Filley at the Scoville Memorial Library, Friday evening at 8 o’clock. Admission 15 cents.

Everybody is busy hoeing, raking, spading and planting. The late spring has caused delay.

LIME ROCK — Grant and Hilen Eggleston were home over Sunday.

SALISBURY — Mr. Edward Williams had the misfortune to sprain his ankle while stepping out of a wagon.


Keep mental health care accessible

Anyone who has had to contend with the repercussions of either their own or a loved one’s mental illness knows too well that the length of time it takes to have access to help in emergency situations, or even just day to day, can make a real difference to eventual outcome. In the Northwest Corner, there used to be access to organized mental health support that was not the norm in such a rural area. However, in the past decade, that has dwindled, making it harder to find help. 

When lilacs last in the backyard bloomed

We purchased the 1920s Sears, Roebuck bungalow in 1978. It came with a lilac bush in the rear yard. The bush dutifully bloomed each spring. But gradually the flowering diminished.

I clipped out the old wood and it revived. For a while.

This year, nothing.

How could this be? You prowl along old country roads, follow a stone wall, find a stone cellarhole — and there will be either an old apple tree in the dooryard, or a lilac.

There are white lilacs, purple lilacs and what we called double lilacs — twice as purple as the regulars.

The presidential summer of ‘46

We didn’t know it at the time, but the summer of 1946 has turned out to have been a rather significant season in American history. Between June 14 and Aug. 19 of that first postwar summer, three of the first Baby Boomers were born, and all three grew up to be president.

The last arrived first. Donald Trump was born in Jamaica, N.Y., on June 14 to Frederick Trump, a real estate developer, and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, a Scottish immigrant who came to America at 18 and worked as a housemaid. 

Free speech: Banned in Berkeley

There really isn’t much difference between burning books and banning speakers. Either way, it amounts to the same thing — censoring ideas that don’t comport with your world view.

Budget Cuts

Freedom of Assembly and Speech in the Age of Trump: An Oppenheimer Story: A learnable lesson for 2017?

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The following is a relevant, personal, cautionary tale from that time of McCarthyism and the Red Scare. In the 1950s, I got to know Princeton Professor J. Robert Oppenheimer (of Manhattan Project fame). A statistical wizard, he was quite a baseball fan and came to many a university game. Out of the blue one day, he asked me, “Would you please teach my 12-year-old daughter, Toni, how to play baseball?” 

Letter to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 5-11-17

Disagrees with Truax’s column on Trump

I began reading with interest Philip Truax’s viewpoint piece in the April 27 Lakeville Journal. I soon saw a definition of terms would be in order.

The column is “On the Left.” Here is where I first want the terms defined: What do you mean by “left?”

Next: “President Trump is moderating his positions on an array of subjects.”

A common goal: student success

What is more important to parents than the happiness and all-around health and well-being of their children? This universal sense is a strong motivator that keeps human society moving forward. Watching the next generations find their way in the world can inspire all adults, whether those younger people are part of their own families or someone else’s. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1917

SHARON — Miss Edna Kincaid visited her parents in Brooklyn recently.

A severe blast of wind last Saturday broke a section of one of the large elms in front of Edward Winckworth’s residence and nearly half the tree fell, demolishing quite a stretch of Mr. Winckworth’s iron fence and just missed the porch. A passerby who happened to be under the falling tree made a lively get-away and saved himself.

SHARON — The Woodmen of the World held an enjoyable card party on Wednesday evening.