The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Is your vote safe?: The critical question in a democracy

In our bitterly and evenly divided country, close elections have become the norm: from the 2016 presidential election, which was decided by a handful of votes in a few states, to the 2018 vote for state rep, won by Maria Horn over Brian Ohler by 65 votes.

The same can be expected in the 2020 election, and so we need to pay attention not just to the outcome of elections but to their security, fairness and technology. 

The dangers of markets bogged down by politics

Recently, financial and economic events have taken a back seat to politics.  Whistleblowers, United Nations speeches, White House tweets, and the ongoing trade wars seem to be moving markets far more than unemployment or earnings reports. Is this simply a short-term phenomenon, or is something else happening that is becoming a longer-term trend? 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago —October 1919

For Sale — Young pigs. Also potatoes. Phone 108-5.


ORE HILL — Mr. Thomas Finnegan of Salisbury was through this place on Monday.


LAKEVILLE — Donald Thrall was quite badly cut and bruised about the mouth on Saturday. While cranking a car the handle came off, flew up, hitting him in the mouth, breaking five teeth and cutting his lip and cheek.


Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — October 1919

SALISBURY — Miss Marie Dubois went to New York last week, and has entered the Metropolitan Hospital Training School for Nurses.


ORE HILL — Mrs. Jeanette Sanford of Long Hill is visiting relatives in this place and Lakeville.


SALISBURY — James R. Melvin is driving a new Buick touring car.


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 10-10-19

Welcome the new church 

As a member of the congregation, I would like to reassure Lakeville Journal readers and put to rest rumors and gossip that have been going around about Christ Covenant Anglican Church in North Canaan. Like the other churches in town, Christ Covenant has the same common goals: to teach, and preach, the Lord God’s works through Jesus Christ, teaching the power of prayer and faith. 

Stop the continuing assault on the US environment

As many concerned Americans know, or should know, congressional Representatives Debbie Dingell, Democrat from Michigan, and Jim Fortenberry, Republican from Nebraska, have introduced in the House of Congress a bipartisan bill titled the “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act” (RAWA), which is also cosponsored by Representatives Joe Courtney, Jahana Hayes and John Larson of Connecticut.

One sign of our changing culture: my last wallet

Retirement is a time when you are asked to make all kinds of choices about your uncertain future. For the headline issues — Social Security, 401(k)distributions, Medicare, and prescription drug plans — there is an avalanche of available information (and misinformation).

Of Earth and mountains, sacred and mundane

It was one of those climate-change stories that, at least briefly, made headlines. On Aug. 19, a group of about 100 people, including Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdóttir, gathered at the site of the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change: Okjokull. A plaque titled A Letter to the Future stated, in Icelandic and English: “In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we knew what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.” 

The growing human population

“. . . and God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth...”


For millennia this anthropocentric view of the world from the Bible’s book of Genesis has dominated the attitudes of monotheistic religions and explains, as well as anything, our forthcoming existential plight.