The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Our ancestors came here through open borders

How many times have you heard someone crow that his or her ancestors came here legally, unlike those caravans of diseased rapists, murderers and drug smugglers preparing to invade San Diego?

Actually, coming here legally wasn’t anything to brag about for most of our ancestors because immigration wasn’t against the law. Laws covered naturalization — becoming a citizen — but not immigration.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — December 1918

While examining his traps on Mt. Riga last Sunday, William Taylor was fortunate enough to secure a good sized Canadian Lynx. It was necessary to despatch the animal to remove it from the trap. It is a very rare find in this section and the pelt is worth a goodly sum. The animal weighed 60 pounds and was fat and in fine condition.


Why no Voting Rights fix?

Part 2

Last week, Church examined how Congress erred in its 2006 renewal of the vitally important Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), leading to the U.S. Supreme Court’s gutting of one of its two crucial provisions described below. Now, he looks at why Congress has not fixed the statute since 2013, and at how the discriminatory practices in the states have changed significantly. Finally, he will touch upon what might be done.


What have I learned so far?

I remember when I was a very young child, every summer my family vacationed at the beach and visited a friend of my father’s who lived there. He was a fisherman delivering seafood for the local restaurants. And as soon as he saw me, he would ask the same question he had asked every summer: “Hey kid, tell me, what did you learn in the school this year?”

Replacing that which may disappear

Things change. Some things we wish would change more quickly, some we wish would never change, but really, we often have no control over all that, do we? 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 12-13-18

Decent, but there is more

GHWBush, by many accounts a decent man. Son of the Connecticut senator Prescott Bush; a patrician, a Yalie second baseman, a secret society CrushSkull and GrindBoneser, a Maine sailor, head of the CIA, vice-president for eight years under Ronald Reagan, president from 1988-1992, jumper out of airplanes at age 90. Many, many things.

The devastating demise of crucial provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Part 1 of 2


During the post-Civil War era, the 15th Amendment became one of the most essential features of our governing document by ordaining that the right to vote “shall not be denied or abridged...on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”  Crucial to the amendment’s future effectiveness was its less renowned Section 2, which granted to Congress the “power to enforce [it] by appropriate legislation.”  

Let’s deep-six Trump’s wall

An extremely hostile gesture toward Hispanic people on both sides of the border, President Trump’s proposed border wall is also an ineffective way of reducing unwanted migrants and goods from entering our country and a colossal waste of money. Even though the scope of the project has been scaled back, cost estimates keep increasing and Trump’s own estimates have grown from less than $10 billion dollars to a current budget demand of $25 billion; and this would only be an initial down payment.

Lamont has high praise for Bush, but the wrong one

Governor-to-be Ned Lamont remembered the late President George H.W. Bush as he said, “We will miss our native son. New York boasts seven presidents, Ohio five and Connecticut boasts George Bush.”

It was a nice sentiment, but Lamont was talking about the wrong George Bush.

George H.W. Bush, who died in his Houston home Nov. 30, was raised in Connecticut and educated in Greenwich and New Haven but he isn’t “our native son.”