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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

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1919

CANAAN — William Blass with the 301st engineers has arrived at Boston from overseas.

 

SHARON — Mrs. W.E. Hotaling continues to improve after her recent operation in Brooklyn.

 

LIME ROCK — Mrs. Curtiss who is in the Winsted Hospital is gaining slowly and at this writing is able to sit up an hour daily.

 

A fine hay crop is reported throughout this section and farmers are already beginning to gather it.

 

Two cultural icons mark milestones in 2019

It seems as if June crept up on us this year, what with lots of rain and cooler weather. But it has arrived, with some warmer sunny days that can adjust one’s mood to a summer attitude pretty quickly. One of the aspects of summer life in the Tri-state region that can lift anyone’s spirits is the vast array of cultural events at our fingertips, many of them less costly than in the cities and more easily accessible.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-13-19

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Members of the Salisbury Central School eighth grade class recently traveled to Washington, D.C., where they posed for this photograph.

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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-13-19

Photo submitted

Members of the Salisbury Central School eighth grade class recently traveled to Washington, D.C., where they posed for this photograph.

Thanks for supporting our class trip

Large gift to public education should be public information

During his campaign last year, Governor Lamont declared, “Change starts now.” But his administration is turning out to be just as hostile to open government as that of his predecessor, Dannel P. Malloy.

The Lamont administration has approved a contract with the State Police union that blocks public access to the personnel files of state troopers so the public can’t learn about complaints of misconduct on the job.

Will the USA violate the Rights of the Child ?

On June 5, the Trump administration announced that it would restrict or cancel education, legal aid and playground recreation (such as the playing of soccer) for children held in “shelter” camps on our southern border.

Society is in decay: When worst is first, best is last

Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue and to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country’s priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and bankrupt defenseless families, make millions more. 

Lost in space, or the end of sense

The other night I was watching “Billions” on Showtime. For the uninitiated, as opposed to those who are too embarrassed to admit that they watch it, “Billions” is an extremely exaggerated look at Wall Street, politics and the hedge fund industry. Money, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll on steroids. Recently, the character running for New York attorney general was propelled to victory after publicly announcing that he and his wife were into sadomasochism. OK, maybe it’s not so exaggerated.  

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