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

After a close election, time to serve

Now that the holiday season has really taken hold, and we are in the thick of so many community-building events and gatherings, it is rather nice to be able to leave the election season behind us. But this time around, for the 64th District for the Connecticut State House, it was so extended a race that it is hard to call it quits.

Saudi Prince

Dogs and their humans: Pets and cars in America

Pet ownership in America is well over 50 percent. Nine out of 10 of these owners view their pet as part of the family. As such, dollars spent on traditional pet ownership areas such as food, veterinary needs and boarding have expanded to include things like exercise and travel. For more and more Americans, that trend has grown to include what cars we purchase.

China’s tormented Uyghurs: A backward glance

More than eight centuries have passed since Kubilay Khan approved of a response to a proposal by France’s king, Philip IV, that Christians and Mongols should join forces to drive the Muslims out of Palestine and defeat their forces in Egypt. The letter began: “We agree to your proposition,” and it went on to declare: “If, by the authority of heaven, We conquer these people, We shall give you Jerusalem.” 

Email wars: Hillary vs. Ivanka

The reader may already know of and perhaps even used Mohawk Internet for their email back in the day when there was no public email such as Gmail or Yahoo. We built our own servers and hosted thousands of users. We charged for the service, but there were no advertisements, ever.

At any time we could have peeked in on your email. It was our company policy not to do so. But on occasion a customer would have a problem and we would have to go in and track down the errant email and delete it so as to free up the user’s mail spool and return it to normal service.

Did you ask for whom the tolls toll?

Having gotten elected after promising not to increase the state income tax and sales tax while still reducing property taxes, Ned Lamont has to start looking for new money.  

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-29-18

The U.S. Constitution favors the liberal left

The constitutionality of Social Security, affordable health care, Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs such as nutrition assistance (SNAP, “food stamps”), unemployment insurance, public education, student loan assistance, and environmental protection lies not so much in the “Commerce Clause” as in the Preambular assertion that the very purpose of constitutional government in the United States is “to promote the General Welfare.”  

Toilet paper without tubes — too good to be true?

Dear EarthTalk: Does the Scott brand’s “tube-free” toilet paper really save much paper or is it just another form of corporate greenwashing?

Matt Potamki

Milwaukee, Wis.


Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1918

SALISBURY — Fred Seeley has resigned his position  at Dickinson’s Drug Store.


LAKEVILLE — H.L. Barnett attended the Sunday School convention in Winsted on Tuesday.


Fire at the Ore Hill school house last Thursday evening at about 6:30 did some slight damage to the wing of the building. The Lakeville Fire Co. were called out and the prompt use of extinguishers put out the blaze before it had gained much headway.


Thanks for the flamingos, and what else?

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many of us: It’s about making or buying some favorite foods, sharing them with family and friends and maybe catching some football in between sittings. (Shopping of any kind must be kept at bay until the day after, Black Friday, when for many the gift-buying kicks in and takes over the rest of the month. But really: Need ideas for gifts and fun things to do during the festive season? See the Holiday Gift Guide and Compass Hometown Holidays section in this week’s paper.)