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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....

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Of Earth and mountains, sacred and mundane

It was one of those climate-change stories that, at least briefly, made headlines. On Aug. 19, a group of about 100 people, including Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdóttir, gathered at the site of the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change: Okjokull. A plaque titled A Letter to the Future stated, in Icelandic and English: “In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we knew what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.” 

The growing human population

“. . . and God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth...”

 

For millennia this anthropocentric view of the world from the Bible’s book of Genesis has dominated the attitudes of monotheistic religions and explains, as well as anything, our forthcoming existential plight. 

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Now is the time for gun reform legislation

It’s not often that The Lakeville Journal feels the need to return to what may be considered a national issue repeatedly in consecutive months. After all, readers get their national news elsewhere, and look to this publication for local news. But when it comes to gun reform, there cannot be too much said. Not when action still has not been taken by our political leaders, even after the mass shootings of August made it seem inevitable to some that action would be taken in September when Congress returned to its current session in Washington, D.C. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 10-3-19

Courtesy City of Kirkland

Pedestrians wave flags to slow approaching motorists in Kirkland, Wash.

An idea to improve road safety

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1919

SALISBURY — The bridge at Salisbury is now open and the entire street is now available for traffic.

 

LIME ROCK — P. Lyon who has accepted a position in Torrington spent Sunday with his family here.

 

Muffins and measles confuse commissioners

It all started when the Connecticut General Assembly, having run out of things to tax after failing to bring back highway tolls and legalize taxable marijuana, passed a sales tax increase on restaurant menus and dinners prepared by grocery stores.

There was a public hearing on the bill in April but it got little coverage and the one story I found online indicated the public’s only representatives were angry restaurant owners, who believed a 7.35% tax on dinner might not be attractive to diners.

A proposal for gun control, from high school survivors of a mass shooting

With our daily news focused on weather catastrophes and President Trump’s ongoing scandals, the publication of a proposal for gun control by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has come and gone with little media attention. A month after the mass shooting, which killed 17 and injured 17 others, the Parkland, Fla., students helped organize March for Our Lives to urge legislation preventing gun violence.  The Washington D.C. demonstration had over 800 sibling events throughout the United States and around the world. 

Will Trump implode with lies?

Donald Trump said he believes the Constitution lets him do “whatever I want as President.” In over two and a half years, Trump has been a serial violator of the Constitution, unmatched by any president in American history. Just about every day he is a constitutional outlaw.