The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Let’s deep-six Trump’s wall

An extremely hostile gesture toward Hispanic people on both sides of the border, President Trump’s proposed border wall is also an ineffective way of reducing unwanted migrants and goods from entering our country and a colossal waste of money. Even though the scope of the project has been scaled back, cost estimates keep increasing and Trump’s own estimates have grown from less than $10 billion dollars to a current budget demand of $25 billion; and this would only be an initial down payment.

Lamont has high praise for Bush, but the wrong one

Governor-to-be Ned Lamont remembered the late President George H.W. Bush as he said, “We will miss our native son. New York boasts seven presidents, Ohio five and Connecticut boasts George Bush.”

It was a nice sentiment, but Lamont was talking about the wrong George Bush.

George H.W. Bush, who died in his Houston home Nov. 30, was raised in Connecticut and educated in Greenwich and New Haven but he isn’t “our native son.”  

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — December 1918

SALISBURY — Mrs. George H. Belcher Jr. has been in Hartford this week, owing to the operation which Mr. Belcher underwent for appendicitis last Monday.


LIME ROCK — The Ladies are to meet at the Casino on Thursday afternoon to do Red Cross work. Everybody is welcome.


CT-N is back We should watch what our elected officials are doing

It was just over a year ago that the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) ended its coverage of the state Legislature and more, which it had provided to the public since 1999. CT-N, the cable and streaming video service run by CPAN, which gave the public complete access to legislative sessions, was then taken over by the Legislature itself. This was not a good solution to budgetary cuts that had gutted what CPAN had to work with, ending a tenure that had been a reflection of open government strength in Connecticut over its many years of operation.

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Support our local businesses 

Copious gratitude to the Lakeville Journal/Millerton News staff who worked to compile the beautiful Hometown Holidays spreads we sponsored in the Compass section for the final two weeks of November. Over 70 Tri-State Chamber members and friends participated in these festive pages, spreading our mission of “Connecting Commerce and Community.” 

First, there was opium

The first in a series on opioid addiction


How do opioids relieve pain, cause euphoria and lead to an addiction that refuses to take “no” for an answer? How is it that in 2017, 72,000 Americans died of opioid drug overdose? What is the chemistry behind this catastrophe? Is there any hope of controlling it?

In search of a workable and humane immigration policy

Much to like about the Finns, but not forest raking

In one of my earliest grade school memories, I am lining up in the hallway with my classmates for an air raid drill in late 1939 or early 1940 when the boy next to me asks, “Who are you for, the Russians or the Finns?”

There was only one right answer and I quickly said, “the Finns.” Being for the Finns was automatic for a couple of reasons. They were the underdog in a war with Russia and they were known as an honorable people. “The Finns always pay their debts,” was an oft-repeated statement of fact.  


Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — December 1918

SALISBURY — William Parsons is the new clerk at Dickinson’s Drug Store.


Major Joseph Bidleman Bissell, the noted surgeon and radium specialist, died Monday at his home, 46 West 55th St., New York, in his 60th year. He had been ill only three days, and had come home for Thanksgiving from Fort McHenry, near Baltimore, Md., where he had been chief surgeon and had contracted infection of the blood.