The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Come in out of the cold

April and May are the months when the people who haven’t filed taxes in a long time wander into the tax lawyer’s office. It can be a decade or more since they last filed.  

For the law-abiding among us, such a lapse in filing seems incredible, but for 40 years, each year I have brought five to 10 taxpayers “into compliance,” meaning they file enough years of returns to satisfy the IRS.  

A recent ICE arrest in Amenia

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Correspondents’ dinner harmful to journalism

Mr. Dooley, the wise and witty saloon keeper created by the Chicago columnist Peter Finley Dunne, advised the gentlemen of the press a century ago that it was their duty to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

He said nothing about hiring a comedian to do it for them.

Forgot something?

Letter to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal - 5-17-18

Reflections post-referendum

First, many thanks to all of the members of the community who came forward to vote on May 8.  Referendums related to school budgets are generally not exciting, and those who made the trek out to vote should be applauded.

A visit to the Gray Lady

The New York Times recently held a reception at its Manhattan skyscraper for its “regulars” — a group of about 60 people whose letters it prints on a regular basis.

The Times receives 400 to 600 letters a day from every geographic location and partisan persuasion. Out of this flood it prints as many voices as it can, but the regulars get printed over and over, sometimes for decades.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1918

SALISBURY — Mrs. Lois Van Deusen has rented her house to Miss Alice Peirce for the summer months. Mrs. Van Deusen is to occupy W.W. Hortie’s house recently vacated by Fred Marston.


TACONIC — Aleck Angus is at present in New Brunswick, N.J., where he is employed in the work of erecting a large wireless station for the government.


Unwelcome interruption

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.