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In this new column, we will explore the ways that hobbies (especially ones that connect the head and the hands) can offer serenity and a healthy sense of accomplishment. Our first featured pair of hands belongs to The Lakeville Journal’s own Patrick L. Sullivan, who not only covers town events but also writes our popular fly-fishing column, Tangled Lines.

For Patrick, fishing is a source of solace and a respite from the stresses of his job. It’s an activity that’s almost completely silent, except for the sound of the water and the light whizz of his fishing line....

The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Perspective on truth, lies, respect and hate

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Bored yet? Many Americans would be, if they were forced to read the amendments to the U.S. Constitution. (Of course, we don’t believe that of our readers.) Americans have a lot to worry about these days, however.

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In defense of a free press

We’ve been complacent.

We thought everybody knew how important a free press was to our world and that all this talk about us being the enemy of the people would be dismissed for the silliness that it is.

But the reckless attacks have continued, instigated and encouraged by our president. 

Hoping my first newspaper lives to be 100

My high school yearbook had a section devoted to predictions on the future of graduating seniors — who would be president or maybe a star of stage, screen and radio. Mine predicted I would be “bylining in the Daily News.”

It didn’t happen, but I truly would have welcomed the experience. The Daily News was the paper I grew up with, the first paper I read or had read to me, starting with my grandfather reading the Sunday funnies, as the comic strips were then known, somewhere around 1937.

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Was it a dream or did it actually happen? Nowadays, it is amazing to realize how news stories, whether happy or sad, are originated and evaporated faster than the blink of an eye. On June 8, we heard that Anthony Bourdain, the famous food critic, flamboyant chef, a man of a unique sense of delivery and the creator of the CNN’s “Parts Unknown,” had committed suicide in his hotel room in Paris. 

The war on democracy in America

Part 1 of 4

When President Woodrow Wilson famously said we must “Make the World Safe for Democracy,” most Americans assumed that he meant the threat to democracy would come from outside the USA, from foreign sources, not from within our own country. Today, however, the danger comes from a home-grown, well-heeled, and surprisingly well-organized network of radical-right ideologues and self-interested “oligarchs.” 

Turning Back the Pages - August 16, 2018

100 years ago — August 1918

SALISBURY — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Finnegan and Mrs. Asa Edelman motored to Norfolk Sunday where they secured 50 quarts of berries.

LAKEVILLE — Claude Shaw has accepted a good position as traveling salesman for the Kibbe Brothers of Springfield and expects to move his family to that city in the near future.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 8-16-18

It’s been a great Sharon Playhouse season

Bravo Sharon Playhouse! Under the new leadership of Alan M-L Wager, artistic director, aided by Robert Levinstein, the Playhouse started off with a huge success of “Anything Goes.” It was Broadway quality in every respect, based on the acting, singing, dancing, orchestra and set design. Consequently, it resulted in capacity attendances.

Same turtle, new name

The unobtrusive and federally threatened bog turtle managed to get a new scientific name quite a few years ago without my being aware of it. 

The world of taxonomy has been upended by genetic sequencing. It turns out that while previously grouped all together in the genus Clemmys, bog turtles are closely related to wood turtles but not directly related to spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata). The bog turtle is now Glyptemys muhlenbergii and the wood turtle Glyptemys insculpta.