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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-13-19

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Members of the Salisbury Central School eighth grade class recently traveled to Washington, D.C., where they posed for this photograph.

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Large gift to public education should be public information

During his campaign last year, Governor Lamont declared, “Change starts now.” But his administration is turning out to be just as hostile to open government as that of his predecessor, Dannel P. Malloy.

The Lamont administration has approved a contract with the State Police union that blocks public access to the personnel files of state troopers so the public can’t learn about complaints of misconduct on the job.

Will the USA violate the Rights of the Child ?

On June 5, the Trump administration announced that it would restrict or cancel education, legal aid and playground recreation (such as the playing of soccer) for children held in “shelter” camps on our southern border.

Society is in decay: When worst is first, best is last

Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue and to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country’s priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and bankrupt defenseless families, make millions more. 

Lost in space, or the end of sense

The other night I was watching “Billions” on Showtime. For the uninitiated, as opposed to those who are too embarrassed to admit that they watch it, “Billions” is an extremely exaggerated look at Wall Street, politics and the hedge fund industry. Money, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll on steroids. Recently, the character running for New York attorney general was propelled to victory after publicly announcing that he and his wife were into sadomasochism. OK, maybe it’s not so exaggerated.  

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Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1919

SALISBURY — Thomas Finnegan is driving a Maxwell touring car.

 

CANAAN — John C. Jackson has gone to the House of Mercy, Pittsfield, for treatment.

 

LAKEVILLE — Editor A.W. Krause of Canaan was in town Tuesday and purchased a Reo car of A.S. Martin.

 

SHARON — Mrs. Robert Dowd has moved into the Prindle apartment vacated by Miss Parrott.

 

‘Bullet’ Sherwood: An extraordinary life, very well lived

There are few community members who are so well known and beloved that just about everyone knows them. And fewer still who are instantly recognizable by the mention of just one name. This is as it was with Robert “Bullet” Sherwood, who was Salisbury’s quintessential volunteer, often the first at the scene of a fire or accident, directing traffic or taking on some other necessary task. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-6-19

Nader v. Dershowitz on U.S. Constitution

In Letters to the Editor to The Lakeville Journal (May 23), John Carey writes that Ralph Nader’s arguments in his May 9 column, “Trump versus Congress and our Constitution” are “poorly constructed.” Carey recommends that Nader should in effect brush up on the Constitution by reading Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz’s “The Case Against Impeaching Trump” (Hop Books, 2019).

Drain the swamp?

“I will make our government honest again, believe me.                             
But first I’m going to have to drain the swamp in D.C.”

Donald J. Trump, Oct. 18, 2016

 

To drain a swamp means to remove water from marshy areas to make that land more amenable to human use and also to remove mosquitos, alligators and other scary creatures that depend on the water.