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

‘If true’ doesn’t make an unconfirmed news story right

One story had the president ordering a subordinate to lie to the Congress about his private business dealings with a hostile foreign state. The other, an incident involving a hate group, Catholic high school boys and a drum-thumping Native American, required the consumer to judge whether he saw a 14-year-old kid smiling or smirking.  

Both stories gave the public reason to question the integrity of the news they read and watch and both broke a basic rule of journalism: being right is more important than being first.  

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — January 1919

The Robbins Burrall Trust Co. have installed this week a Burroughs Ledger Posting and Statement machine. This machine, which is electrically operated, is the “last word in mechanical bookkeepers” and was purchased in order to keep up with the growing business of the company.


LIME ROCK — Some people are filling their ice houses from Gillette Pond. The ice is eleven inches thick.


Can church, CCSU prevent more corruption by power?

At the admirable direction of Archbishop Leonard Blair, the Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford last week more or less came clean about the sexual abuse perpetrated by its priests during the last six decades.

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The real emergencies need our attention

“Keep your eyes on the prize. Hold on.”*

Several thousand immigrants at our border seeking asylum from violence and poverty do not constitute a national emergency worthy of a record-breaking government shutdown and the suffering of furloughed workers and their families. 

What does constitute a real national emergency? 

• 38,600 deaths caused by firearms

• 72,000 deaths due to drug overdoses

The virtue of being up close and personal

Some men wrest a living from nature and with their hands; this is called work.

Some men wrest a living from those who wrest a living from nature and with their hands; this is called trade.

Some men wrest a living from those who wrest a living from those who wrest a living from nature and with their hands; this is called finance.


Larson wouldn’t just save, but improve Social Security

Maybe nothing will come of it until the insanity in Washington dissipates, but Connecticut U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, is now in a position to do something important for the country and not just the military contractors back home.

Revisiting the dream of Dr. King

We live in a time when principles, values and profits are so interchangeable that I would assume that there was a correlation between the timing of the showcasing the recent movie, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and the recent commemoration day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Lessons learned in how to cover demagogues, from one era to another

I’ve been professionally involved in the news — reporting, editing, opining — since the June day in 1955 when I went to work for The Intelligencer, the morning paper in Wheeling, West Virginia.

That first newspaper is in the history books today because it assigned a reporter to cover the annual meeting of the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club on a February evening in 1950. The speaker, an obscure junior senator from Wisconsin, informed the women that he had in his hand the names of 205 communists currently employed by the U.S. Department of State.