The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

The funniest president in U.S. history?

By now, we’ve all come to recognize that, in addition to his genius and humility, we have a president blessed with a world-class sense of humor. Witness the levity in his suggestion that those who didn’t stand and join in applauding him during his State of the Union address were  “treasonous.”


Donald Trump, we can all agree, is the wittiest president in the past century — with the possible exception of that devilishly funny Richard Nixon.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 2-15-18

The right thank-you from SWSA

Due to my error as editor, the wrong (from 2016) letter to the editor from John Sullivan ran in this week's Lakeville Journal. My apologies to him, and to all who were wondering what John was thinking about, mentioning the zero temperatures. We all know that was not the case. Completely my fault. Below is the correct letter, as it should have run this week, which will also appear in next week's Lakeville Journal. Very sorry, John! - Janet Manko

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — February 1918

LAKEVILLE — Miss Bessie Argall is home from Bristol for a week owing to the closing of her school because of the coal shortage.


CANAAN — The schools closed Monday for two weeks until Feb. 25 on account of scarlet fever in the family of Hyatt Tripp living on Reed Street.


LIME ROCK — Mr. and Mrs. Brusie returned on Saturday from New York after spending seven weeks there. Mr. Brusie’s eye is much improved.


Science and the English language

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the former Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced that seven words should not be used in CDC budget requests. She was trying to help CDC staff escape the surveillance of budgeters. Dr. Fitzgerald just resigned because of a problem with her tobacco stock, but her greater sin was toying with the English language. Such comical censorship always summons the genie and genius of George Orwell. She should have read his 1950 essay “Politics and the English Language.”

LRP negotiations: Time for a new direction

What could encourage those who oppose Sunday racing at Lime Rock Park to consider a compromise position? If not the 47-page decision that came down last week from the Litchfield Superior Court, written by Judge John D. Moore, then it’s pretty clear that the answer to that question is “nothing.”


Emptying the attic, reviewing the life

This year I may actually keep a New Year’s resolution. While our attic storage space is not crammed full, I knew that it sheltered many items I no longer had any use for. I was determined to make definite decisions and to clear out the clutter.

I was proceeding well until I came to the clothes hanging on racks. Because there was space, it was easy to move outdated, although beloved, outfits from the closet to the attic. It was a convenient place to stash formal attire my husband and I no longer wear.  

What does Putin have on Trump?

There was a lot of news about Donald Trump and Russia last week, none of it that “vindicates ‘Trump,’” despite the president’s tweeted insistence that this is the case.  Much of the news, in fact, only makes it more important than ever to find the answer of the most troubling question raised by the president’s conduct vis-à-vis Russia and its dictator:

What does Vladimir Putin have on Donald Trump?

What’s the evidence for obstruction of justice?

What does one do when accused of a crime? Guilty or innocent, one denies it. A modern version of that is to say it’s “fake news.” So, when President Donald Trump denies the “Russia connection,” and calls the media coverage of the alleged coverup “fake news,” it doesn’t necessarily prove anything, one way or the other.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — February 1918

SALISBURY — The snow drifts on Barrack Matiff are being dug through by the town road gang.