The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Affordable Care Act enrollment

In our last editorial on the ACA, there were a couple of points that need clarification, and this is one topic that needs all the clarification humanly possible.

The open enrollment period in Connecticut ends at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2017, rather than on Dec. 15, as in some states. The coverage begins on Jan. 1, 2018. So take that extra time to do the research necessary at Access Health CT, www.accesshealthct.com/AHCT/LandingPageCTHIX, to figure out the best option for you and your family. 

Gratitude and change

Each year at this time, for each of us, there are different reasons to be thankful. Depending on one’s stage in life, gratefulness can be based on a wide range of realities.

For this small community publishing company, The Lakeville Journal, it’s been a challenging time, what with selling our home since 1983 to Salisbury Bank and moving into a new, much smaller, space in a new town. It seems that such upheaval inevitably breeds more change, as seen in this week’s story on our new associate and Compass editors.

In honor of the elders who inspire our youth

The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Alumni Association is one of the most active such organizations around. Their service to the high school has gone above and beyond, and their initiatives often have the good of the current students at the school in mind, rather than simply the reminiscences of their own time spent there.

Care Act is still in force

The process, such as it has been, of our president and Congress trying to find an answer to the problem of providing health care to the American people has resulted in failure, according to their own stated goals. So, what has happened instead of “repeal and replace” very quickly upon their obtaining power in Washington is that the Affordable Care Act remains in place. 

One casualty of the state budget fight

This legislative session’s state budget season was gut-wrenching in its length and, of course, its need to deal with ever-diminishing resources. In the final analysis, Northwest Corner towns came out of it with better support than expected and planned for. That gives some relief to town coffers and taxpayers.

Our endorsements for Nov. 7 elections

What’s the best thing about local municipal elections? They aren’t the national ones. We can rest assured (can’t we?) that there won’t be Russian intervention or intensely personal attacks on Twitter during this year’s town races. For that, we can only be grateful.

A time for change

This is the week, after residing in Lakeville since 1897, that The Lakeville Journal will move its core operations to make its new home in Falls Village. Our new location is at 64 Route 7 North, where we will be renting a long, low, one-story, 2,800-square-foot building from Michael and Joann Garfield Real Estate. Our new landlord, Mike Garfield of Garfield Builders, will continue to operate his business on the same property, next door in his busy and well-kept woodworking shop.

Gun control: We need answers

In this era of extreme polarization in our country, what will it take to make some measure of compromise happen? 

On changes in federal gun control legislation, we wrote much the same thing as this and the following almost five years ago, after the shooting in Newtown at Sandy Hook elementary school: If not now, then when? But in the time since, there have been many more school shootings, and mass shootings, with the record-setter in Las Vegas still stunning our national psyche.