The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Giving thanks for renewed life in a neglected garden

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t spend much time outdoors this past summer. It seems that either it was raining — movie rains, coming down in voluptuous sheets, obscuring windows and flooding driveways; or, it was so hot that I was reluctant to leave my air-conditioned living room. To be honest, the outdoors has never held a great attraction for me. Hiking and biking are not my thing. Wining and dining is more like it.  

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-22-18

Thank you, Brian Ohler, and I’m sorry

Brian, I was going to vote for you, but in the end I didn’t. 

A lifelong registered Democrat, who has voted in every election since 1960, in state elections I have in the past crossed over and voted Republican — I voted every time for Andy Roraback and for Gov. John Rowland when he proposed HUSKY, Connecticut’s health insurance program for children.  

NRA to MDs: Gun control not your business

Little attention was paid in the media and elsewhere when the American College of Physicians and Surgeons (ACP) updated its position on gun control at the end of October.  

The new proposals — keeping people with domestic violence history from buying guns, allowing families to get guns legally taken from a member at risk of hurting himself or others, safe gun storage and banning assault weapons, large capacity magazines and bump stocks — were both reasonable and unsurprising from a group dealing with gun violence and its victims every day.  

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1918

SALISBURY — Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Smith and son Andrew started Monday on a trip to the South.


LIME ROCK — Sympathy is extended to Miss Harriet Fenton who is ill with scarlet fever.


SALISBURY — Mrs. Grace Baldwin has purchased a five-passenger Reo automobile of A.S. Martin.


Fred Seeley has sold his car to Monroe Bailey.


Salisbury-Sharon transfer station: Still no easy answers

When the tariffs were slapped onto steel imports by President Donald Trump, using Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 as the rationale for his action, it may not have occurred to most residents of Sharon and Salisbury that this would affect the cost of their pending new transfer station. But it has, as have other factors related to the delays in construction since the amount to spend on this project ($3.8 million) was approved at town meetings in 2016. 


Post election aftermath of the U.S. Senate hearing

If the left was energized in the midterms by hatred of President Trump, the right was motivated by rage at what Democrats did to Brett Kavanaugh. The former helped Democrats take the House. The latter helped Republicans keep the Senate.

The Ford-Kavanaugh Senate hearing was always about politics and the direction of the Supreme Court for the next generation. But it was also about the rule of law. Who were you going to believe in the absence of proof? And how would that dynamic play out in future cases?

Rain or fire? Be careful what you wish for

The news is understandably preoccupied with the horrid but spectacular fires in California. Just last year California was bemoaning their horrible drought. The grass is always greener on the other side, especially if it rains. Then it rained, and rained and rained. Everybody was delighted and the reservoirs are now full. Streams ran wet and welcomed fingerling trout promising an end to the disaster of having been dry for years. The problem is that the grass is greener on the other side, only if it rains.

Advantage: Dannel over Donald

In an election influenced by two deeply disliked individuals, whose names appeared nowhere near a ballot, Dannel has prevailed over Donald. 

Being another Dannel Malloy, though hardly desirable, proved preferable to being another Donald Trump in the race for governor of Connecticut.