The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Out of division, some unity

We citizens of the United States thought we were divided last year at this time, as we came together to honor those who fell in the service of their country during Memorial Day ceremonies. It would have been difficult to foresee then that we could become even more divided, yet here we are.

Changes for Catholics in Northwest Corner

Far be it from this newspaper to take sides in a religious argument. After all, this is a country that is built upon freedom of religion, so there should be space for all to find their own niche and worship with their spiritual communities as they choose. Yet the recent announcement of the consolidation of the area’s Catholic parishes, as reported last week by Leila Hawken, affects more than just religious life in the Northwest Corner. It affects the societal structure of all the Catholic families that live here, as well as many residents who are not Catholic.

Keep mental health care accessible

Anyone who has had to contend with the repercussions of either their own or a loved one’s mental illness knows too well that the length of time it takes to have access to help in emergency situations, or even just day to day, can make a real difference to eventual outcome. In the Northwest Corner, there used to be access to organized mental health support that was not the norm in such a rural area. However, in the past decade, that has dwindled, making it harder to find help. 

A common goal: student success

What is more important to parents than the happiness and all-around health and well-being of their children? This universal sense is a strong motivator that keeps human society moving forward. Watching the next generations find their way in the world can inspire all adults, whether those younger people are part of their own families or someone else’s. 

A local problem in need of solutions, plus one big success

Some challenges to rural living have changed over the years, and others have not. Some of the amenities of urban life are available more widely now than in the past, mainly to do with communication and information, via cable and the internet. But then, public transportation is no longer an option, as it was when the trains ran throughout the region. 

Supporting our most vulnerable citizens: young children

This week, April 24 to 28, is the national Week of the Young Child, which is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to draw attention to the needs of young children and their families across the country. 

Thanking the thankless, for a change

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did it, his people and the world loved him for it. When Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy did it, his popularity just fell more in his state. 

That is, many constituents did not applaud Malloy’s willingness to accept Syrian refugees into Connecticut when they were turned away from Indiana in the fearful aftermath of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. At least he was chosen, in 2016, to receive a well-deserved John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award for it. 

To have, or not to have, a hospital?

That was the theme of the four-and-a-half hour public hearing held April 5 at the Sharon Town Hall. 

There, representatives from Connecticut’s Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) came to hear from area residents and interested parties about their opinions on the sale of Sharon Hospital to Health Quest (see the article by Cynthia Hochswender on Page A1.) 

Budgets! (Bored yet?)

Northwest Corner towns are pretty fortunate in their governance at this moment. The six municipalities generally have committed selectmen who work hard to try to find the best options for their communities, and they seem relatively undaunted by the challenges they face this year in their budget planning. 

But they still must make some very difficult decisions as they try to foresee the future and successfully predict what the state of Connecticut will do in trying to address its own future shortfall. Really, not boring, right?

Change delayed but inevitable at high school

The unraveling of the initiative to implement a new 4x4 schedule at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) as early as September should be taken as confirmation that it’s always good to find ways to listen to one another, even in the most difficult circumstances.