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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

How close are we to autonomous vehicles?

While we aren’t yet at the science fiction world of flying cars, the notion of driver-less vehicles looks well within reach, and in some cases, is being successfully tested around the country. But how close are we to being able to commute to work while playing sudoku in what used to be the driver’s seat?

Dickinson: A famous poet’s faded photographs

“Because I could not stop for Death,

He kindly stopped for me;

The carriage held but just ourselves

And Immortality.”

— Emily Dickinson

 

Why not tell us their names?

In elementary school, they taught us the names of inventors. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, Robert Fulton the steamboat, Alexander Graham Bell the telephone and Thomas Alva Edison the electric light bulb. Nowadays, we rarely know the names of the inventors of modern technology—think biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, safety technology. Not every breakthrough is invented by a single person, but there are still clusters of people inventing new things each year.

The war on democracy in America: What the radical right extremists really believe

How do we know what the Kochs and the radical right really think and believe? Rather than try to summarize or paraphrase their thoughts and beliefs, I prefer to let them speak for themselves in their own words. For the following quotations, I am indebted to Nancy MacLean  and her excellent new book, “Democracy in Chains,” published by Viking/Penguin Random House in 2017.

Half Staff

A new school year begins

It’s that time of year again, when school buses and walking children appear on the roads, making their way back to classes for their next school year. For all the students affected, anticipation can be measured out equally with trepidation, anxiety balanced by the enthusiasm to take on new challenges.

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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 8-30-18

Hospital’s maternity unit should stay open

As one of the senior members of the Sharon Hospital Medical Staff and former chief of staff, I find it very painful to see the impending closure of the hospital maternity unit. Without an in-house maternity service, we cannot have a community hospital. Without deliveries, we will lose our gynecologists and the essential services that they provide to the women of our communities. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 8-30-18

Hospital’s maternity unit should stay open

As one of the senior members of the Sharon Hospital Medical Staff and former chief of staff, I find it very painful to see the impending closure of the hospital maternity unit. Without an in-house maternity service, we cannot have a community hospital. Without deliveries, we will lose our gynecologists and the essential services that they provide to the women of our communities. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — August 1918

SALISBURY — Miss Hustis is the new teacher in the 7th and 8th grades of the public school.

 

LIME ROCK — Mrs. Oscar Sabin of Falls Village was a guest at Geo. W. Belcher’s over Sunday.

 

LAKEVILLE — Contractor John H. Garrity is putting concrete steps in front of St. Mary’s Parochial School.