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The Lakeville Journal Editorial

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Malloy toughed out state employee unions

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Nobody can say that Gov. Dannel Malloy doesn’t have guts. He faced down the state employee unions, and he squeezed $1.6 billion of concessions out of them over the next two years by not only threatening, but acting on, thousands of layoffs when at first those concessions did not materialize. Now, he’s backed down on the layoffs since the unions agreed to enough compromises to help him balance the state budget. Of course, he had hoped for $2 billion in concessions, but filled in the extra $400 million with cuts in spending and increased tax collection.

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Energy innovation is crucial right now

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Can it be denied that good sources of alternative energy are important to the continuation of life as we know it in the United States today? While conservation should be part of the approach to energy consumption, the demands for power usage grow every day. The more Americans depend on digital devices, for instance, the greater the amount of electrical power that is needed. In order to meet those demands, there will have to be alternative ways to harness power and more creative ways in which to heat our homes, as well.

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Osama bin Laden

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Every citizen of the United States took the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, personally, for good reason. They were attacks on the very core of our civilization, with the intent of destroying not only the more than 3,000 lives they took, but also the fabric of our society. But in the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden as the result of a U.S. military operation this week, it became clear that for those who were children and teens at the time, the attacks were very personal and a defining moment in their young lives.

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Lakeville needs its post office to stay open

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Isn’t it funny how people take certain things for granted and believe those things will always be there no matter what evidence there is to the contrary? Such is the case with the local branches of the United States Postal Service (USPS). This, despite the fact that the general public uses its services less than they used to, what with paying bills online and the convenience of shipping options with other companies such as UPS and FedEx.

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Celebrate young children this week

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“The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people’s children.”
— Marian Wright Edelman (American activist, b. 1939)
While the Northwest Corner trends toward some of the most mature demographics in Connecticut, there are also, of course, families with children living here. There are good reasons why these families choose to live in a relatively isolated, rural area like this one, despite the challenges of expensive and sparse housing and a generally high cost of living.

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Tower decisions must be made with great care

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The work of the Connecticut Siting Council is important. Not just important in the immediate sense, either, but in the sense that its decisions will define the nature of the state’s landscape and environment for generations to come. Therefore, the public hearings run by the council should be structured for open discussion among all those affected by its work. No citizens should be made to feel that their voices will not be heard, or taken seriously, as decisions on cell towers, wind turbines, hazardous and radioactive waste and ash residue disposal are considered.

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The value of a good assessor

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Now seems like a good time to shower praise on someone who might be suffering slightly in terms of popularity at the moment: North East Assessor Katherine Johnson.

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Watch the budgets, and Region One students

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As municipal and education budgets come together, this is the time for citizens of the Northwest Corner to be acutely aware of where the painful cuts are happening (or not happening where they should) in each budget that affects their lives and be sure their voices are heard when the final votes occur.
This newspaper will keep track of meeting times for our readers; just be sure to take advantage of the knowledge and make an appearance when final votes on budgets are happening.

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Rules of tenure should change

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Teachers have become convenient targets for the frustrations felt by taxpayers as it becomes more and more evident that taxes will be rising once the state budget is finalized in Hartford. Because of strong unions and a well-defined system of seniority and remuneration based on education and experience, public-school teachers have maintained their salary and benefit levels through the recession. This, of course, while others in the private sector have seen their own salaries and benefits diminish, or lost their jobs altogether.

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