The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Hostage-taking in Falls Village?

After reading “Objections to the inn’s firehouse requests” in the Oct. 31 edition of The Lakeville Journal, we feel compelled to set the record straight on what has happened and what we’ve been trying to accomplish. The fact that our neighbor is quoted as labeling our position as “hostage taking” would be alarming if it weren’t so far from what has transpired.


Now comes the governing

No matter the outcome of the municipal elections, however each race has panned out, whether it went for the candidate you supported or not, now is the time for residents in each town to pull together and get down to the business of running the government. That is the great difference between local elections and the statewide or national ones: All those who won office can now put aside party allegiances and think wholly about the good of their towns.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-7-19

Think about how we save local history

Genealogy, a subject that increasingly engages aging Baby Boomers as they reach retirement age, would be crippled without local newspapers. While church, immigration, and military records, among others, help researchers pinpoint the names of our forebears, who they really were — their actions, personalities, statements — emerges only through narratives such as letters and old newspaper articles about them. 

Aging in place: choosing your own fate

Part 3


Growing old takes courage. You are fighting a rear-guard action you cannot, in the end, win. There are many kinds of courage. There is the courage to keep fighting long after you know the war is lost. And there is the courage to know when enough is enough and to hold fast to that decision.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 10-31-19

Shakespeare and Monopoly in D.C.

It is always a surprising pleasure when the connectivity of life rears up and what one is reading and doing has direct relevance to that day’s daily living — like playing Monopoly or the delicious reading of Shakespeare in the midst of events unrolling in D.C. and beyond.

World traveling: a city girl to a country girl

Hi! This is my first blog post of Country Gal.  I decided it would be fun if I did top 10 reasons why the country rocks. I hope you love it.

1. I love hiking. There are so many amazing hiking trails in the country! Seriously, you need to try a hiking trail around here.

2. Such a small community, I know everybody in my grade and everybody in the grade below me and everyone in the grade above me.

3. I know all my kind neighbors, and dog neighbors too!

Proposals to amend the U.S. Constitution

Part 1 of 3


Some five years ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens published a book titled, “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution” (Little, Brown, 2014). These proposals were quite significant then, but many of them have become even more relevant in turbulent America today. They are definitely worth a re-visit. What I have done below is summarize the essence of each in as few words as possible: