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 - 2-21-19

Place your bets: Nature, or humanity?

I guess we should all just be quiet (“shut up” is so rude) and throw up our hands and keep driving gas guzzlers and consuming ‘til we all end up like toast, literally. The way the coverage of the Democrats’ launch of the “Green New Deal” in Congress has played out, you’d think that Republicans had never heard of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison or Jonas Salk. Passionate individual thinkers all. And passionate doers to boot!


The realities of being an undocumented immigrant today in the USA

I admit it. I probably don’t realize how often I should be asking a question until suddenly I’m stunned by the answer. This is what happened when I read “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,” by Jose Antonio Vargas, a successful journalist, immigration activist, and perhaps our most famous undocumented American. For years, I’ve heard people complain: They don’t have a problem with immigrants, what they mind is the ones who’ve come here illegally. Why don’t these people play by the rules and go to the back of the line? 

Have no fear, voters, the Democratic centrists are coming

Yes, voters, there is more to the Democratic Party than 29-year-old lefties going nowhere who would eliminate cows and airline travel to save the environment and ensure economic security for those who don’t want to work.

They are moderate or centrist or conservative Democrats — pick your own designation — for whom socialism doesn’t go beyond the kind that gave us Social Security and Medicare and not, as the Trumpsters would have you believe, the variety espoused by the late Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — February 1919

SALISBURY — Rev. C.B. Carpenter and family are moving back into the Rectory.


LAKEVILLE — A valuable horse belonging to Mrs. Andrew Whalen was drowned one day last week at Mudge Pond.


TACONIC — Ten-inch ice is being harvested.


LIME ROCK — Mrs. Geo. Belcher has been ill with a hard cold.


Find a way to agree on rebuilding the sidewalks

It can be hard to make a change, even if it’s for the better. The uncertainty of the outcome of any new initiative is part of the hesitation. Will it work out as well as expected?

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 2-14-19

We can do our part

The planet is warming up, and we are seeing the results in extreme weather, melting polar ice, receding glaciers, unprecedented droughts, and rising sea levels. It is not a mystery why this is happening. We burn fossil fuels like mad men. In spite of all the promises, protocols, and protests, carbon emissions continue to rise. According to an early report, carbon emissions rose 3.4 percent last year in the U.S. And carbon dioxide (CO2) is only one of the heat trapping greenhouse gases being pumped up into the atmosphere.

Will Democrats nominate a candidate who will scare voters?

“Only Democrats can save this president. They can do so by nominating someone loopy enough to panic voters who are asking only for someone cheerful, intelligent and tethered to reality.”


These 30 words, written last week by George Will, should get the attention of those who want to see the reign of Donald Trump limited to a single term. To do it, the Democrats must nominate someone very different from the incumbent.