The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Changes at Sharon Hospital: Do your part

When Mike Browder, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of RCCH Health Care Partners, the current ownership group of Sharon Hospital, who has been involved with the hospital all the way back to Essent’s ownership, says it doesn’t make sense for his group to keep running the hospital, he should be believed. 

Sunshine Week: Time to think about open government

Discussions of and decisions on the state, town and educational budgets are a large part of the conversation in Northwest Corner towns right now, as evidenced in recent articles in this newspaper. And there will be more such coverage in the weeks to come, as approved budgets go to public hearings and then final votes. The outcome of all of these budgets has the specter of the looming state budget cuts and increased costs (for items like one-third of teachers’ pensions) hanging over them.

Another chance?

It was just a month ago that this newspaper asked its readers to give a chance to the Region One initiative for a significant change in scheduling and grading practices. In the following four weeks, a lack of effective communication has led to a highly polarized breakdown into factions of teachers, parents and students set against the administration at the office of the superintendent, where the proposal was initiated. Can this situation be salvaged? 

A rough day that could have been even worse

There are those who live in the Northwest Corner who believe that our law enforcement, sparse as it may be compared with that of more urban areas, is not up to the task of fighting serious crime. “Troop B is just a training ground for rookies,” or, “The resident troopers have too little to do,” some have been heard to say. Well, those people will have to readjust their thinking on the subject after the apprehension of two bank robbery suspects traveling from Salisbury into Lakeville on Feb. 15. 

Supporting those who help in times of emergency

Anyone who has needed to call 911 to request help in a medical emergency will never forget every moment, every detail, of the event. Whether in one’s own home, or out on the road in a vehicle, or elsewhere, what leads up to that call is a series of steps that makes it clear an emergency is at hand. 

Then, the choice must be made to reach out for help rather than trying to manage it oneself. Difficult steps to take, as we all share the human quality of wanting to maintain control of our own destiny, even when all evidence points to the contrary.

Well done, SWSA

Give Region One initiative a chance

When an adult begins a new job and starts with a training period, the last thing she or he would want would be to be judged and assessed on the first or second day as to skill and mastery of that position. There is a learning curve, no matter what new activity one takes on, and each of us needs time to understand and internalize any task with which we are unfamiliar. 

So it is with students in elementary and high school, too, who take on so much new information in each school year that it can be daunting, even for them, whose brains are still growing and adding cells.

Too few students at Region One schools?

When we who live in the Northwest Corner get into a discussion about declining enrollment in the Region One School District, there can be an undercurrent, or even blatant overtone, of, “So why are we spending so much money on those schools?” Looking at Patrick Sullivan’s reporting on the district’s enrollment numbers for students as of Oct. 1, it’s undeniable that the trend is downward, even as some of the elementary schools maintain or even increase slightly. 

Time for belt-tightening

State budget

During the Great Recession, Connecticut residents suffered along with the rest of the country, trying to pull back from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. A range of measures worked to improve the economy in some parts of the nation, but Connecticut continued to struggle to come to a real balance that could hold into the future.

Why reluctance to vote?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, yet it always does, to see the difference in voter turnout between a presidential vote, even just for the primary, and a referendum vote on the Region One budget. This year, the two votes were only a week apart, so it is easy to compare the numbers.