The Lakeville Journal Editorial

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.

North Canaan: Charged up for future?

The proposal to have an electric car charging station in North Canaan, presented at an Exchange Club meeting by Selectman Christian Allyn last month is one more reason to believe that this town is on its way to an economic resurgence. If a relationship between North Canaan and the electric car manufacturer Tesla, Inc. can become a reality, it will bring a whole new kind of traveler into town and give them the impetus to stop, obtain a great service they need and look around at a charming New England destination.

Just like before?

Doesn’t it seem as if the concentrated attention given to gun control and other steps to stop gun violence in the wake of the Parkland high school shooting is starting to disperse into governmental inaction? The students from the Florida high school have been brave and vocal in the face of trauma that few of us ever deal with, and they deserve better than platitudes and a lack of meaningful change in the way our legislators act on gun violence.


Change at top at HVRHS

It will be a sad loss for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) students, faculty and administration when Principal Jose Martinez ends his tenure there at the end of this school year. Dr. Martinez has led the school with a steady hand over his time there. That’s not to say it’s been smooth sailing, but he has brought a strong commitment to doing what’s right for the students while maintaining open communication with the HVRHS community. 

History will judge us

Americans love guns. There is ample evidence for that, including the sales of all kinds of them, whether pistols, rifles, shotguns, revolvers, semi-automatic, pump-action, you name it, we love them. Though sales slumped immediately after Donald Trump’s election, it was only due to the large spike before the election, when many believed Hillary Clinton was going to win and wanted to stock up in advance of any gun control legislation a Democratic president might have gotten passed. And, of course, there were increased sales of guns every year during the Obama presidency.

LRP negotiations: Time for a new direction

What could encourage those who oppose Sunday racing at Lime Rock Park to consider a compromise position? If not the 47-page decision that came down last week from the Litchfield Superior Court, written by Judge John D. Moore, then it’s pretty clear that the answer to that question is “nothing.”

Open, closed, open, closed, open ...

This is how it’s gone for Route 7 south of Kent since the ice jam first formed in the Housatonic River there on Jan. 13. And while Kent residents and town officials are accustomed to the river’s both freezing (after all, they do have the ice watch there every year) and flooding, the current situation has been extreme and surely frustrating for all affected by this ice jam.

Winsted needs to fund school building upkeep

While we live in the 21st century and have an abundance of advanced technology, scientists still have not invented a way for buildings to completely take care of themselves. Maintenance and upkeep are two basic (yet sometimes complicated) things any home or commercial building owner has to do in order to make sure a structure doesn’t fall apart.  And to take care of any building, you need to invest in it, whether by purchasing a roll of duct tape from the local hardware store or investing in expensive building contractors.