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 — January 1919

SALISBURY — Miss Marguerite Marston, who has been visiting her brother in Canaan for the past week, has returned home.


LIME ROCK — Miss Margaret Hubbard was in Great Barrington over Sunday.


SALISBURY — Mr. Howard Aller of Phoenix, Ariz., spent the weekend at the Congregational parsonage.


LIME ROCK — Mr. Bradley dug some parsnips from his garden on Tuesday.


Thanks for writing

This is a time when communication is fast and sometimes careless, with partisan and often rude rants on social media becoming the norm rather than the exception. In such a climate, it can seem positively archaic to continue to use platforms that are based on civil, thoughtful discourse, with a forced period of time in between approach and response. When, for instance, is the last time you wrote a letter? Even emails are less common now than texts or other quick forms of conversation online, some of which can lead to miscommunication rather than mutual understanding.

Forget school aid formula; and impeach for shutdown

High on the agenda for the new session of the General Assembly is rewriting the formula for state financial aid to municipal school systems. It will be a big waste of time.

Connecticut has been rewriting its school aid formula almost every year since the state Supreme Court’s decision in the school financing case of Horton v. Meskill in 1977, with little result except greater expense. State payments to school systems with poor populations and weak property-tax bases have been greatly increased but student performance has not improved.

We are all descended from some ancestors, but which ones?

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) launches her presidential bid, she’s scrambling to repair the damage caused by her decades-long claim of native ancestry. Liberal media is helping her by putting favorable spin on the story or ignoring it altogether.

Remembering when the state was rich and Republican

Once upon a time, Connecticut was two things it hasn’t been for a very long time — rich and Republican.

The state could boast it was Republican from the start, having joined the other New England states, along with New York, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin in supporting John C. Fremont, the first presidential candidate of the two-year-old, anti-slavery party. Fremont lost that 1856 election to the man who is perhaps our worst president ever, James Buchanan.  

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 1-17-19

All races are equal

In reference to Tony Piel’s letter in the Jan. 10 issue of The Lakeville Journal, I say, “Thank you, Tony.” To think that in the year 2019 science is still claiming that black people are less intelligent than whites. This bogus science feeds into the thinking of bigots and racists, of which, unfortunately, there are many.


Keep the momentum going on transfer station

Picture this: A large public project is proposed. It then goes through the regulatory approval process. It takes so long and meets with so much opposition that it is no longer viable. While the service it would have provided to the public would have been welcome and necessary, it goes by the wayside.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 1-10-19

As the poet said, ‘Something there is that doesn’t love a wall’

This quote from Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” is particularly resonant at this moment in American history. The caravans from Central America are not a threat to our country. However, their very existence provides President Trump with an opportunity to create an “enemy” so that he can stir up xenophobia and racism. This is wrong.

A few environmental New Year’s resolutions

In the Northwest Corner, we are blessed with unusually favorable surroundings; still, the overall environment of the planet is deteriorating fast. Our politicians are not doing enough to halt the damage. And the most significant modifications needed to slow environmental degradation, especially climate change, need to be made by governments at the national and international scale. But individual efforts, if done by a large enough number of people, add up and can make a big difference. Here are some suggestions for Lakeville Journal readers.