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The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Local storm communication

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During the Oct. 29 Storm Alfred, when just about every household in the Northwest Corner was without power or regular forms of communication, WHDD radio based in Sharon became a real clearinghouse for information. Anyone with a battery-powered, solar, wind-up or car radio was able to hear where to get water, free meals, access to warmth or other help to get through the aftermath of the storm. On Oct. 29, few thought they would still be without power seven days later, but many were. The recovery from the storm would have been even more difficult without the local communication WHDD provided.

He was our compass

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There were few things one could find in which Bob Estabrook was not interested. Anyone who kept track of his thoughts through the weekly column, Perambulating, which he wrote for this newspaper for decades concluding with the Dec. 25, 2008, issue, knew he found the habits of his backyard squirrels equally as fascinating as the habits of world leaders. His curiosity was boundless, as was his taste for adventure. These characteristics helped define his legacy for all at this newspaper, and that legacy is felt profoundly by all this week as we report on his death, and his life.

Thank a veteran

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Veterans Day ceremonies remind us all of the sacrifices made by those who protect the United States. It should be remembered that a simple thank-you to any veteran, or anyone currently serving in the military, is much appreciated all year round, but especially on Veterans Day.

There when you need them

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There’s a paradox to civic service: By its very nature, it can be simultaneously rewarding and frustrating. Rewarding, in that one can feel the real possibility of making a difference to the quality of life in one’s own community; frustrating in that barriers to accomplishing goals for the betterment of that same community arise at, it can sometimes seem, every turn.

Our endorsements

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Local elections are different from statewide or national ones, or at least they ought to be. The partisanship that reigns in the wider elections should find some respite at the municipal level. In small towns such as those of the Northwest Corner, candidates are often known personally by many voters, who are also their neighbors. So one might hope that political lines would be more lightly drawn during these elections.

Why and how we make our endorsements

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Many smaller newspapers no longer endorse candidates in local, state or national elections. Certainly no TV or radio stations (no matter how slanted their news coverage) officially endorse candidates, local or otherwise, and neither do many news websites. So why bother to endorse, and what is the process for choosing endorsements at a small news organizations such as the one that publishes The Lakeville Journal, The Millerton News, The Winsted Journal and www.tricornernews.com?

When will you need help of volunteers?

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A dramatic rescue at the top of Mount Frissell in the Taconic Range a couple of weeks ago was described in last week’s Lakeville Journal by one of the hikers, Ann vonHoorn of New Preston, who was in the injured person’s party. The hikers are eight women who get together for an outing every Monday in the summer and fall. One misstep on a challenging hiking trail turned a weekly celebration of nature into an exercise in emergency response and critical care.

Public access TV still important in Corner

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There are at least two sides to every story. The story reported by Patrick Sullivan in last week’s edition of this newspaper on the jockeying for ownership of Comcast’s CATV6 shows that very well. Sullivan spoke with four different sides of the ownership question: Tri-State Public Communications, Northwest Corner Public Access, Comcast and the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA, formerly the DPUC, a state oversight agency).

A well-supported argument won the day

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Check one in the “win” column for the little guy. While over the years there have been many objections made to cell towers proposed for different locations in the scenic northwest hills, those objections have not often resulted in a change in plans for the phone company looking to erect the tower.

There’s a surplus?

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Plan for the worst, hope for the best: It’s what most area boards and financial departments have been doing with their budgets this year. Cutting, carving out savings wherever they can and not stopping until there is no more they believe they can do.

This approach has stood Region One Business Manager Sam Herrick in good stead. Rather than having to come back to the Region One school board with bad news, Herrick was able to come back with some very good news about additional savings, as reported in last week’s Lakeville Journal by Patrick Sullivan.