The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Next step at Region One

Now that the dust has settled after the Region One budget vote, it’s time to look at the underlying issues that are not going away simply because the towns have accepted the numbers. There was a reasonably good turnout, 1,184 voters, with three of the towns saying “yes” and three of the towns saying “no.” The referendum passed by 84 votes, or 54 percent (See Patrick Sullivan’s article last week.)

The personal side of immigration enforcement

This week, we begin a series of three columns written by John Carter of Lakeville on the local ramifications of our national immigration policies and their implementation. Carter, as you will see in his bio at the end of the column, is a retired Episcopal priest and currently director of Vecinos Seguros. He has been active in supporting area families who, in one way or another, struggle with a lack of documentation to stay in this country. 

Emissions program is an unsung environmental hero

Over the past few weeks, there were Earth Day celebrations throughout the Northwest Corner.

There have been celebrations at Great Mountain Forest in Falls Village, where a poetry reading was held. A festival featuring environmental organizations was held at Peoples State Forest in Barkhamsted. And there were community cleanups held in just about every town.

These events celebrated the natural resources in the Northwest Corner, along with the various environmental groups and organizations that protect natural resources across the state.

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.