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Letters to the Editor - December 15

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

An open letter to the Sharon Board of Selectmen
I went to the Sharon Town Hall last week expecting to see a new exhibit by the artist and editorial cartoonist Dianne Engleke. I was disappointed to learn that her exhibit had been canceled. However, my initial feelings of disappointment turned to outrage when I learned that the reason for the exhibit’s cancellation was censorship.

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Occupy Wall Street: Reinventing the New England town meeting

Reporter's Notebook
tarak@lakevillejournal.com

Since Nov. 15, when the New York Police Department cleared Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan of the encampments of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, many people seem to think the protest is over.

Last week I traveled to New York City to see what had become of OWS. It’s true, the tents and other vestiges of a daily occupation are gone. The granite benches of the pocket-sized park were largely deserted on Wednesday, Dec. 7. It was a rainy day, warm for December, but still cold. Only a few intrepid people milled about.

Winter reverie

Nature's Notebook

The first black scrim of ice has appeared on some of our shallow and secluded ponds, which raises my hopes of skating by Christmas. There are those, I am sure, who await the gleam of manufactured snow on their favorite slopes with equal relish, but I have always belonged to that tribe that prefers to glide with sharp blades on ice — and not manufactured ice.

Trying to self destruct

Editorial Cartoon

Nukes: You can never turn your back

 

Nukes sure make
Electrons flow;
But they also
Make us glow.

Supporters of nuclear power and nuclear weapons enjoy a number of intrinsic advantages over their opponents. The first is money. Atoms make for high stakes gambling. Anyone who wins a contract for bombs or electricity can make zillions. This means there’s lots of cash available for lobbying, bribes and campaign contributions.

Banks backstop global economies, again

 

Last week, global markets rallied more than at any time since March 2009. The news was positive and enough to trigger a stampede by short sellers to cover their positions. The moral of this tale is don’t bet against the world’s central bankers.

Reflecting on the date of infamy

 

“Remember Pearl Harbor.”

That was both the rallying cry and the name of a popular song played over and over on the radio in the weeks and months after the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

But after 70 years, fewer among us remember what was one of the defining moments of the past century, and with the passing of the World War II generation, only those who were children during the war will be left to “remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo.”

Solyndra, and other federal boondoggles

 

In September, a California solar energy company named Solyndra went bankrupt, taking with it more than $535 million in federal (read: taxpayer funded) loans as well as laying off more than 1,000 employees. I got to thinking about the philosophy and history behind this kind of attempt by the Feds to guarantee the operations of a company in a favored industry. What I found was revealing. 

Transcontinental monkey business   

Turning Back the Pages - December 8

 

75 years ago — December 1936

Reflections of the Season (editorial): Winter apparently has set in unusually severely unusually early, or at least it seems that way. Weather is one thing that is most cussed out and most quickly forgotten. In New England it seems to be just one sample after another.

SALISBURY — Miss F.E. Coffing and nurse have left for Florida where they will spend the winter.

Keeping younger people here

 

For any middle-income family, especially those with children, trying to live in the Northwest Corner, the expenses can be daunting. Even if family members have jobs (for some, even if they have several jobs), being able to afford housing, food, clothing, health care and anything else is a never-ending challenge.