The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Putin’s crush on Trump’s America

We all know about the flirtatious “love letters” exchanged between President Donald Trump and “dear leader”  Kim Jong-un of North Korea. It could be a relationship of great mutual benefit, but apparently the relationship has never been fully consummated.

Summertime means interns at The Journal

It’s time to note how great it is to have the summer interns in our midst once again. Regular Lakeville Journal readers will have already seen several interns go by, pictured on the front page and bylined on numerous articles they have written. And, if you also listen to our weekly radio discussion with Marshall Miles and Jill Goodman on WHDD Robin Hood Radio (91.9 FM, 1020 AM) on Thursday mornings at about 8:30, you will also have heard them speak very well about the stories they have been covering for their community weekly newspaper.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 7-25-19

Which laws are OK to break?

William Shakespeare wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.” Simply put, it doesn’t matter what something is called, it still is the same thing. We have an interesting situation where a group of criminals, people who have come into the United States illegally, have had the term used to define them change. 

An old song about going back to where you came from

When President Trump ordered four members of Congress to go back where they came from—be it Cincinnati, Detroit, the Bronx or Somalia—I was reminded of a long forgotten song on the subject and quickly found it online:


“If you don’t like your Uncle Sammy,

Then go back to your home o’er the sea,

To the land from where you came,

Whatever be its name,

But don’t be ungrateful to me!”


Does your vote mean what you think it does?

Next Friday, July 26, there will be a Town Meeting and a vote in Cornwall that could have a profound impact on the town’s future and perhaps even its continued existence. Is it overly dramatic to say that the future of not just West Cornwall, but all of Cornwall, hangs on the ballot’s 39 words and a rather modest expenditure?  I would tend to say probably not — if the voting outcome gave voters a clear picture of what their vote would achieve — but it doesn’t.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — July 1919

Mrs. George R. Belcher of the Journal force is enjoying a week’s vacation.


LAKEVILLE — Archie Yaple of Winsted was in town Monday.


Agents from the Internal Revenue Office have been in town this week collecting the tax from drivers of jitney and livery cars. Every auto owner who transports passengers for hire is subject to the tax.


Fraud is rampant, even in the Northwest Corner

There are some who may think their local community weekly newspaper is not actually a business, but it certainly is. Proof of that fact came to the fore last week when this small business’ checking account was apparently hacked, and a fraudulent check written from our checking account to a person out West for almost $9,000, purportedly for a camper that person had put up for sale.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 7-18-19

Let’s move forward on the water septic problem

In response to Martha Lane’s July 11 comments in The Lakeville Journal on West Cornwall’s septic problem:

She doesn’t agree that the proposed system would be part of Cornwall’s infrastructure. It may be a stretch to compare this to a school, but how does it differ from roads or bridges that are routinely maintained or replaced to serve a limited number of homes?

A true consensus on community septic systems looked for in Cornwall

The June 28 Cornwall Town Informational Meeting about a Community WasteWater System for West Cornwall triggered substantial attendance. As the chair of the West Cornwall Water/Septic Study Committee, I was reinvigorated by the lively debate.