The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Words you can say on TV and how they evolved

The recent vulgar eruptions by two television personalities, Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee, brought to mind my own experience with words that were never to be uttered on the air. 

I had been with WTIC Radio and Television for a couple of years in 1965 when the radio station celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding in 1925.

As part of the observance, I was asked to write a memo on the events of the year 1925 so that the disc jockeys and talk show hosts could provide the listeners with colorful anecdotes about the events of the year.

Trump’s $50 billion in Chinese tariffs trash markets

Investors waited the entire week before June 15 for President Trump’s verdict. On that Friday, he did not disappoint his followers. He decided to move ahead with plans to slap $34 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports. Stock markets worldwide fell on the news as investors awaited a Chinese response.

Chinese trade officials had already outlined their planned retaliation. China will match Trump’s 25 percent tariff on 818 products by doing the same on 106 American goods worth about $50 billion. 

Responsibility of the electronic media: Free speech, falsehood and defamation

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In April 2018, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg made a commendable appearance before the U.S. Congress testifying about the role and intentions of Facebook in the light of the hacking and misuse of cyber communications technologies and social media to skew the 2016 U.S. elections and undermine the democratic process in America.  Facebook had been raided for personal information on more than 87 million unsuspecting users.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1918

SALISBURY — Mr. and Mrs. William Spurr and Mr. and Mrs. Woodin of Hartford spent Sunday at Frank D. Spurr’s, making the trip by automobile.


LIME ROCK — Mr. and Mrs. Card of Ancram Lead Mines called on old friends here Sunday. Mr. Card lived here sixteen years ago.


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-21-18

Vote for Holley Block option

We urge you to join us at the town meeting on Wednesday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. to vote to approve an option to lease the town-owned property known as “Holley Block” in Lakeville to the Salisbury Housing Committee (SHC) for the possible construction of 12 to 18 housing units that would be rented affordably to young workers, seniors, and others who qualify.

Looking back, but then looking forward

I believe you make your own luck. My motto is, ‘It’s always a mistake not to go.’

— Tom Brokaw


In search of common ground

No. This is not yet another self-help manual on how to find harmony and peace in life. It is not a guideline on how despite ongoing uncertainties — which have become integral parts of our everyday lives — we may achieve serenity. This is instead an effort to find that emotional balance between events that fill our hearts with joy and those that cause immense discomfort. 

From the Region One Superintendent’s Desk: Preparation for life, at school

Many changes that happen in education come under scrutiny, largely due to the fact that it is a departure from what we all have been accustomed to in our own past. We expect that changes should happen in the business world, but changes in education have lagged behind the world for which we are preparing our students.

Four minutes for tears, joy and shared humanity at Mexican border

In 2015, the two Koreas agreed to allow families split by the demilitarized zone to cross the border to visit, albeit briefly, with family members whom they had not touched in as much as 60 years. This month, the USA and Mexico allowed a similar family moment in a time of scarce altruism.

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