The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Why didn’t President John Kennedy put women in outer space decades ago?

The first all-female space walk was cancelled last week because NASA didn’t have space suits of the right size for both female astronauts. Most NASA suits are designed for men, who are larger. So the walk was changed to one woman and one man.

Predictably, this raised a cry about female victimhood in a male-dominated world. So a little background is in order.

Some local history in need of a new home

When The Lakeville Journal moved its quarters from its longtime home in Lakeville to Falls Village in October of 2017, there was quite a lot of stuff to move out of that old location that would not fit into the new one. Much of it, like vintage desks, tables, chairs and cabinets, became scrap metal. Some of it was repurposed for our new space; community weekly newspapers aren’t known for purchasing a lot of new stuff, let’s face it.

The realized temptations of NPR and PBS

Recently an elderly gentleman asked me about my opinion on NPR and PBS, knowing of my vigorous support in the 1960s for these alternatives to commercial radio and television stations.

Here is my response:

Congress created NPR and PBS to provide serious programming, without any advertisements, for the American people. Former media executive Fred Friendly and others worried that the commercial stations were not meeting the 1934 Communications Act requirement that they operate for the “public interest, convenience and necessity.”

The true collusion: Trump and Russian literature

It may seem like the billionaires in Russia — Aras Agalarov, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Viktor Vekselberg — and agents with like-sounding and Scrabble-winning names like Konstantin Kilimnik are the ones directing Trump like a marionette from points east. 

But I am more afraid that he has been getting his cues from Russian literature — and that is far more dangerous.

We’re better together: new citizens

We are better together than we are alone.

It was one of many thoughts that crossed my mind Friday, March 15, at a ceremony in Sioux Falls, S.D., where I gave the keynote speech welcoming new citizens from 40 different countries to these United States. It was my first time at a naturalization ceremony. I wish everyone in America could experience it.


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 2-27-19

HVRHS student data is Not Yet Proficient

The recent student data that the Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) administration is using to compare previous Ds and Fs to current NYPs is, I believe,  purposely deceiving and only suits their agenda. They were called out on this a year ago, yet just two weeks ago, presented the same data to both the Region One Board of Education and The Lakeville Journal.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1919

SALISBURY — Arthur Dubois is visiting his parents.


The question of oil on the roads is becoming very acute, and it is hoped that the community will not be left in the lurch unexpectedly as it was last year.


SALISBURY — G.H. Selleck had the hard luck to lose a valuable horse last week.


SHARON — Mrs. John Carley, who fell last week breaking a leg, is reported as doing well at the hospital.


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-21-19

The country needs a new path of decency

After the rambling, angry, profanity-laced speech Donald Trump gave at the Conservative Political Action Conference recently, is there any doubt a madman is in the White House? His audience clapped and cheered him on, which absolutely boggles my mind. Frankly, the scariest part is the blind loyalty shown by his followers in the face of disaster.