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

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 5-2-19

Just released in high-density: ‘The Godfather IV’ 

Produced and directed by Billy Barr, “Godfather IV” in wide-screen format, is now playing in selected theaters across the country. It takes place in The White House and stars Donald J. Trump as Michael Corleone, the part originated by Al Pacino.  

Welcoming our local immigrants

Given the aggressive anti-immigrant drumbeat from the White House, the immigrants in our communities need a little extra help these days — if only in a welcoming smile.

If most of us have been shaken by our president’s lack of any understanding or compassion for immigrants either inside our country or at our border, families who are new to this country, and whose status may be uncertain, must feel quite traumatized to find themselves here. What is their future? Is this the country where they dreamed of feeling safe?

Is contempt of journalists really a new phenomenon?

Do journalists need protection from President Trump and his supporters? Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal professes to think so.

Remember the subjunctive mood?

“Brush up your Shakespeare, start quoting him now . . .

Brush up your Shakespeare and they’ll all kowtow.” 

From “Kiss Me Kate,” music and lyrics by Cole Porter


Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1919

SALISBURY — Alexander Suydam, who has been very ill with bronchitis, is greatly improved and is able to be up and around the house.


CANAAN — Nathan Blodgett has been transferred to Maybrook, N.Y., but his family will remain in Canaan for the present.


The telephone force have all received a substantial increase in wages. Within a few days it will be known to what extent phone rates have been increased.


Can he talk us into balancing our budget?

When Ned Lamont was running for governor last November, it was hard to get a lot of enthusiasm up for this relatively low-key, wealthy guy who made his money in telecommunications. He had been kicking around state politics since 2006, when he gained the Democratic nomination for the Senate, but ended up losing to incumbent and longtime Democrat Joe Lieberman. Lieberman decided to run as a third-party candidate after losing in the primary to Lamont. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 4-25-19

Clarifications about fiber broadband