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Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal - 9-10-20

Corner Food Pantry faces up to COVID-19 challenge

The Corner Food Pantry is dedicated to providing food for those in need in our community and has successfully remained open without interruption throughout the COVID crisis.  We instituted new practices according to the guidelines set forth by the CDC back at the start of the pandemic in March of 2020.  These included shifting our distributions from in-person to a contactless arrangement, mandating the use of masks for clients, staff and volunteers, setting up hand sanitizing stations, and requiring 6 feet of distance between all. 

In addition, the Corner Food Pantry has distributed free reusable cloth masks to clients and staff as needed.

Due to the tireless commitment and passion of our volunteers and board, together with our generous donors, we have been able to meet the surge in demand while implementing and maintaining strict adherence to suggested safety protocols. We will continue to adapt to the CDC’s COVID-19 changing guidelines to keep everyone as safe as possible while serving clients to the best of our ability.

We thank each and every member of our community for their ongoing support.

Mary Taylor


The Corner Food Pantry



Purposeful — not partisan —meddling

I was pleased to see, in Patrick Sullivan’s article in the Sept. 3 Lakeville Journal, that Attorney General William Tong has joined the legal fight being brought by state attorneys general to protect the United States Postal Service from political interference designed to suppress the mail vote.  

But I was disappointed, if Mr. Tong was quoted correctly, by the statement that he sees “Congress and Washington, D.C., in general as ‘broken’ by partisanship.”  

The policies Mr. Tong speaks of, as well as many others, are not the product of “partisanship,” but of deliberate action by the Trump administration and the U.S. Senate, both of which seek to dismantle government as a useful public balance against private greed, growing inequality and ongoing racism and bigotry. 

If opposing those policies makes Democrats “partisans,” then count me in!

Mike Abram



Horn is whip smart and compassionate

It is my honor to have worked alongside Maria Horn on the Board of Directors of Women’s Support Services from 2009 until 2019. In 2016, I succeeded Maria as board chair. Over 10 years, we worked closely on two strategic planning processes, the search for our executive director, and every committee.

I was fortunate to learn firsthand from Maria how to work effectively with a diversity of challenges. Various aspects of her leadership style resonated with me: her enthusiasm for listening to a divergent range of opinions; her laser-like ability to synthesize an abundance of information and articulate a distilled and understandable interpretation; her consistency in seeking democratic consensus on difficult issues; her understanding of the importance of investing confidence in her fellow board members; compassion for the victims of domestic violence and the importance of returning the conversation to that priority; a refreshing knack for seeing the wood in spite of the trees. 

Maria works hard in every quarter, she shows up, she speaks up, and she gets the work done. She is as smart as a whip. I want somebody smart, compassionate and committed to represent me in government.

Reeling from the results of the 2016 election, I resolved to do something.

When I learnt that Maria was running for state representative for the 64th District, I resolved to become a U.S. citizen, so that I could vote for her, and for this country. I became a citizen in March 2019. I understand that Connecticut is not a swing state, but this local election is critically important. 

Please exercise your right to vote, because your vote is vital, and please vote for Maria Horn, because Maria is the best somebody, and Maria will get the job done.

Thank you.

Judith Crouch



Wants to know about projects

There are a number  public works in progress and it would be helpful to area residents to have a progress report.

There is the sewer project on Salmon Kill Road, near the rail trail, and town.

There is the new Transfer Station which has had the longest gestation period of any project and now seems ready to take off.

And then there is the Eversource Project, which winds its way through several towns without anyone knowing what they are doing and for whose benefit.

What concerns me, is the fact that the bridge over Salmon Kill Road which has been designated One-Lane-Only because the infrastructure was in a weakened state, is now being used by Heavy Trucks all day long. 

Has consideration been given to the fact that a fragile bridge being used by heavy machinery is a real threat to the viability and safety of the bridge itself? Do we need to have a truck or a neighbor involved in an accident involving the collapse the bridge?

It is clear that the route to the Eversource site from Routes 41/44 would be longer but perhaps its might be safer.

It is my hope that no projects have been slighted.

Inge Heckel



Treasonous acts

There is no Joy in DeJoy

A drumpf flunkey, Oh boy

Treasonous acts by them both

I am sure I’m not the only one to loathe

The swamp gets deeper every day

On the citizens they do prey

November seems too far away

But after that I expect to play

And dance a jig

While they’re on the way to the brig.

Michael Kahler


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