The Lakeville Journal Editorial

West Cornwall’s September challenge

Each of the Northwest Corner towns has its own challenges and benefits, with each one’s individuality making it a destination and good place to live for its own reason. The Cornwalls are culturally rich, with many artists of all kinds calling them home, whether full time or part time. And West Cornwall, with its historic Covered Bridge across the Housatonic River that is especially lively in this stretch, has a charm that draws residents and visitors alike year round. 

New era in Lakeville needs one more change

The Lakeville renaissance, which has been noted in both the news and Compass sections of this newspaper, has improved the center of that town in many ways. The Patco Handy Stop store has a new renovation (yes, that is an important part of the center of town.) Seth Churchill has done striking renovations of two downtown structures: his own building company’s and the Green Café and the Studio Lakeville Gym and Fitness Center, which was the old firehouse. 

Wounds in need of healing

There are some threads of our human story that we would rather pretend affect only others, not those who are part of our own social spheres, or ourselves. Denial is too often the default, and can lead to bad behavior and life-changing victimization being hidden or ignored for long periods of time. Such is the case with sexual abuse. 

A new school year begins

It’s that time of year again, when school buses and walking children appear on the roads, making their way back to classes for their next school year. For all the students affected, anticipation can be measured out equally with trepidation, anxiety balanced by the enthusiasm to take on new challenges.

Estabrook’s life remains an inspiration at Journal

This is the time of year when students of all ages prepare to return to school, and whether it’s kindergarten, fifth grade, ninth grade or college, it’s a time of life-changing transition and a plunge into the unknown. For their families, it’s also a time to spend money on clothes, books, computers, tablets and phones, as well as any other necessary items that can change from year to year. So it’s a real help when area families can find support, especially as their children make the expensive step into higher education.

Sharon Hospital under fire but we need to listen

It’s an emotional and very personal topic: the proposed closing of the maternity unit at Sharon Hospital. From when the first release of the information about it leaked before the planned announcement July 3, it has been a difficult situation where the administrators at the hospital are trying to catch up to public perception, and too much of that public perception is based on discussion with others in the community who have not kept up with the real information. If that sounds circular, that’s because it is.

Thank a town clerk — and vote on Aug. 14

There are too many things in life we take for granted. Those who live in the Northwest Corner should take a solid look at the work the town clerk in each of their towns does, and consider what that work means to the lives of the people they serve. In an election year like this one, their role in holding together the strands of our democracy on the local level should be clear and appreciated, now more than ever.

A big change, almost a year on: Is it working?

Media companies are under a lot of pressure in this moment, especially any of those that print on paper, even if in conjunction with online publications. The media is too often now dismissed by the nation’s leaders, who should understand the crucial role the Fourth Estate plays in the health of democracy. The challenges make it hard for any large or small media company to survive, and many across the country have not. 

No easy answers at Sharon Hospital

There was a strong and swift reaction to the leak of Health Quest and Sharon Hospital’s plan to close the birthing suites in Sharon (see story in this issue by Cynthia Hochswender.) The leak happened the weekend of June 30 - July 1; hospital officials wanted to embargo the information until July 3, when they had planned to make the announcement public. It became clear they had told  too many people of their plans prior to the official release when it was posted on Facebook on July 1.