The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Support our local volunteer organizations

Summer: the time when many of the area nonprofit organizations present their annual fundraisers, some high-profile and highly profitable, some low-profile and only moderately so. For each of these organizations, the money that is made during the short and busy summer season helps them provide services that are essential to the lives of our communities all four seasons of the year. This is the time to support them, choosing those closest to our hearts or of most relevance to the largest proportion of our area population.

A time to reminisce, and to plan for what’s next

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

— Nelson Mandela 


On demonization and a baseball game

Following the targeted shooting of Republican baseball players practicing last week in Virginia for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, there have been more bipartisan statements, from both sides of the aisle, than the American public has heard in perhaps years. That is fitting, in that the charity game itself, started in 1909 and played by members of Congress and their friends almost every year since, is an occasion of bipartisan congeniality, and competition, every summer. 

A problem that can and should be fixed

One of the key responsibilities of our elected officials — and, really, those who work for the state in any capacity — is to insure the safety of the citizens within their domain. That means keeping the electricity and potable water flowing, and attempting to keep the streets personally safe, and safe to travel. 

Taking responsibility for climate change

Nature: Who among us has not felt its power and been awed by it, despite perhaps at times trying to ignore our place in it? Spend time at the oceanside during a hurricane, or in Oklahoma during tornado season, or even in New England during a hard winter of heavy snowfall, and there will be no denying the vulnerability of human beings in the face of the natural world.

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.