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The Lakeville Journal Editorial

The Salisbury Forum: A local treasure with international reach

There is a long tradition of civic connectedness in the Northwest Corner. It could be that the town meeting system of government, which has pulled together communities over generations when important decisions have had to be made, contributes to that. In Salisbury, this sense of open discourse as an important part of everyday life has found expression through a unique regional organization with a long history: The Salisbury Forum.

Don’t use a vote to try to redefine a program

Even as things change in the world at large, it can remain very difficult for people to accept change in their community’s schools. There may be some vague hope that time can stand still inside the school walls that hold fond memories for those who look back at their school years, rather than being in the middle of them. 

HVRHS needs a reset

What hope is there for Housatonic Valley Regional High School to find a path forward that will make all those involved with it happy? That certainly includes administration, teachers, parents and alumni, but the ones who are most important are the students, right? All the rest of us can discuss ad infinitum what the problems are with the grading system, as well as the redefined structure for use of class time, but the most meaningful repercussions from the issues are felt strongly by the students.

Unnecessary crisis: She should have known better

It’s deflating when a respected public servant is revealed to have done something completely unworthy of respect. It is also surprising, despite the frequency with which it happens. 

But, we are all human, and none of us can claim perfection. We all make mistakes and take action, or inaction, we come to regret. Those who are elected to public office, however, should understand that they have a responsibility to their constituents, to the taxpayers who support them, to hold themselves to a high standard of conduct. 

At what price news, or the loss of it?

Newspapers are not only struggling in many parts of the country because people don’t want to handle newsprint any more. Those who work for large city, national or international newspapers tend to have strong journalistic instincts and a sometimes grating but often productive lack of fear for those in power. This has gotten them into trouble with those powerful people many times and in many ways over the past decades. Yet still they provide a service that will not quite be filled by any other media if they disappear. 

Preserving local history

Local history holds different meanings for different people. For some, it’s a way to understand their own family histories and the way they fit into their communities. For others, it’s a way to see the larger picture of the place they now inhabit, looking for connections to the past and hoping therefore to better understand the present and future. And for some of us, remembering the past is remembering our own or our loved ones’ youth. 

Lots of good energy at ‘The King and I’

Speaking of reasons to be proud of our students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, their production of “The King and I” March 15 through 17, presented by the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society, was performed before large and appreciative audiences made up of all age groups. Their enthusiasm, hard work and talent shone through, and gave everyone a gigantic boost during the end-of-winter doldrums. 

Winsted: Medical marijuana needed

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the medical marijuana program into law back in June 2012, after it was approved by the state Senate. As of this year, 29 states across the country have medical marijuana programs. According to Connecticut’s website on medical marijuana, residents can qualify for it here if they are suffering from one or more of 22 debilitating medical conditions, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and cerebral palsy.