The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Supreme Court won’t ignore public opinion

More than a century ago, Mr. Dooley, the Chicago Irish bartender created by journalist Peter Finley Dunne, sagely observed that, “the Soopreme Court follows the illiction returns.”

Today, the observation still stands, though it might be more accurate to say the 21st century Court follows the public opinion polls, which can be an even more reliable measurement of the nation’s will than the election returns.

Game changer at Sharon Hospital

As a lifelong resident of this region, a 25-year resident of Sharon and as a selectman since 2013, I have watched and rooted for Sharon Hospital. I’ve participated on panels, testified at public hearings and been part of advisory groups, all with the intent to enhance or save health care services in the northwestern part of Connecticut. I’ve had both of my children there, visited the emergency department several times and have been very happy to be able to have routine services performed so close to home.  

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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 7-19-18

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Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1918

A force of men is busy constructing road from Dutcher Bridge to the Root corner near Canaan. Work on the new concrete bridge over the Housatonic is also progressing.


SALISBURY — William Jones Jr. is working at Smith’s Garage.


LAKEVILLE — George Miller, who endeavored to enlist in the Naval Reserve, was rejected, owing to color blindness.


A big change, almost a year on: Is it working?

Media companies are under a lot of pressure in this moment, especially any of those that print on paper, even if in conjunction with online publications. The media is too often now dismissed by the nation’s leaders, who should understand the crucial role the Fourth Estate plays in the health of democracy. The challenges make it hard for any large or small media company to survive, and many across the country have not. 

The United States vs. France: contrasting two revolutions

The closeness in dates of the American and French national revolutionary celebrations, July 4, Independence Day in America, and July 14, Bastille Day in France, seems particularly relevant this year. For as long as the U.S. has been in existence, people have been trying to understand the similarities and differences between those revolutions. In studying the period for a while, a few points jump out at me. 

A death in the family: Doing the work they believe in on a small newspaper

‘It’s like being a teacher or a nurse,” one reporter called his job after five colleagues were massacred in the newsroom of their small daily newspaper. “You get paid an honest wage to do work that you believe matters.” 

Since the tragedy, there have been many eloquent responses like this one, along with long overdue recognition of the role smaller newspapers like the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md., play in the life of the community and the nation.  

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 7-12-18

Setting the record straight

I am writing to correct a couple of inaccuracies in your otherwise excellent report of the Sunday, June 24, (not Saturday’s) demonstration in Kent, particularly President Trump’s cruel policy of separating children from their immigrant parents seeking asylum in the land of the free.