Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-8-18

Thanks for the Habitat support

Sometimes, it takes a region — not just a village. Northwest Connecticut is blessed with individuals and institutions that believe in the mission of Habitat : that all families deserve a decent and affordable home to live in. 

The “Raise the Roof – The Mad Hatters Ball” event on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Salisbury Town Grove in Lakeville was a demonstration of the capacity of generosity in our area. The Steven Aresty Foundation, The Hotchkiss School and an anonymous supporter provided invaluable financial support, as did so many other generous businesses and individuals.

We are extremely grateful to Heather, Colleen and Michael Schopp for the wonderful food; Chris Weld of Berkshire Mountain Distillery for the local spirits; Charles Wetmore of Cascade Mountain Winery for providing the wonderful wines; Bill Heaton of Big Elm Brewing for the local beers, and Harney Tea for the lighter refreshments. There is a huge list of local businesses and individuals that donated items for the auction and most all of the items needed to make an event of this size successful. Then, there’s the efforts of the people who worked so hard to prepare for the event, and we’d have to fill a page with the names of everyone involved.  You know who you are and we thank you.

The Board of Habitat will make sure the community is aware of the next projects that these efforts will support as we look ahead to 2019. The work in Lime Rock has begun.

Bob Whelan

Executive Director 

Habitat for Humanity of 

Northwest Connecticut for the 

Mad Hatters Ball Event Committee



Piel’s rant in letter was unwelcome

It’s well understood that The Lakeville Journal leans to the left, fine, but does it have to be a personal sounding board for the likes of Tony Piel? In Tony Piel’s latest rant against all things Republican, this one appearing in the Letters to the Editor section, his columns alternately appear there or in the Viewpoint section. Apparently the Journal just can’t get enough of Tony’s factually challenged diatribes. 

In his latest, with the header “Be prepared for coming Trump/GOP recession”, Tony uses fragments of sentences, which he puts in quotes and attributes to Republicans to convey what he believes is their attitude about the less fortunate in society. Big problem, he does this with absolutely no attribution as to who, when and where and what context these alleged remarks were made. Are these quotes from a hodgepodge of different people or from just one person? Are they from a Republican position/ platform paper or are they from a Republican leader or some guy at the bar? 

More likely, they might simply be what Tony believes a Republican might say or think. The reader does not know.  No matter, this deception works for Tony,  it’s twofold, first it helps him to do what he says Republicans do, I’m quoting Tony, “to deceive and misinform a gullible public.”  Secondly, it helps him to paint all Republicans as reprehensible people. I find it questionable that the Journal would print an irresponsible piece like that, it does nothing to promote civility in today’s politically charged environment.

Tom Olownia

North Canaan


Waiting for the booms

As a little kid I was always totally transfixed by one of Nature’s most epic booms — thunder. What made thunder booms so cool was that an unbelievably bright flash of light would shock you by coming out of nowhere and take over the whole darkened sky, silently. Then you had to wait, wait, wait in the silence while counting the seconds until the big ol’ boom caught up to you — “One Massachusetts, Two Massachusetts ...” (I grew up in Massachusetts). If you saw one of those blue-white flashes, you just knew that one of those big ol’ booms was going to follow,  sooner or later. 

The booms in a thunderstorm were such a thrilling payoff to the bright flashes of lightning. The flashes seemed to illuminate every detail in the whole wide world in an instant — in a ghostly spasm of incandescence. It all seemed to happen so fast and so slow at the same time. It was awe-inspiringly dramatic. As well, I think one of the main reasons that I loved the whole thunder/boom process was that I loved anything that involved numbers (I love math). To have Nature serve up such a deliciously dramatic celebration of simple counting, in silence, while waiting for the heavens to deliver the big payoff boom, caused me to have such respect for the beautiful mysteries only she can provide. 

Recently, the bright flashes are not as they once were: filled with the blue-white light of mysterious truth. The flashes have become something different. The flashes still stop the whole wide world for just an instant, but not with beautiful mystery — now with menace, with fierce spasms of red-hot passions gone mad. They shed very little light. Rather, they roil with invective heat. Now, under the darkening sky we stand, counting, counting, counting  — waiting for booms.          

Michael Moschen

Cornwall Bridge


Thanks for warm clothing

On behalf of the parishioners of All Saints of America Orthodox Church in Salisbury, I would like to thank all the people of the Tri-state area who helped us with our winter clothing giveaway. The donations of warm clothing from the community were overwhelming. 

Thank you also to the local social workers and schools for spreading the word. We had a record turnout! There were so many people and families who came out on a rainy Saturday that we lost count. We feel so blessed to be able to help others and to be in such a caring, loving community.

Hope Mongeau

Church Council Member