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The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Gardening is for the birds

Nature's Notebook

Now that spring is here and we’re thinking of yardwork and gardening, this is a good time to evaluate our yards for their ability to attract and support birds.
Bird feeding is one quick and easy way, but there are a lot of things that can be done through landscaping and plantings that can support birds year-round. This support is meant not only for breeding birds but also for birds seeking stopover locations during migration and sustenance and cover during the winter months.

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Freak Show

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On giving credit where it’s due

If You Ask Me

Rick Santorum’s departure from the presidential race was the lead story in The New York Times last Wednesday, April 11, but a more modestly played story under a one column headline, “Lenders Again Dealing Credit to Risky Clients,” deserved as much attention.
But the story wasn’t picked up by the evening newscasts and didn’t appear in the newspapers I saw the next day. The 24-hour cable news outlets were too occupied over the latest phony war on women.

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Malloy and the crazy court

The Keith C. Burris Column

When Dannel P. Malloy, the first governor of Connecticut to be elected with public financing, proposed amending the system some days back, there was a lot of huffing and puffing at the Capitol.
Malloy essentially said that a candidate taking public funds should be able to respond when a privately financed opponent is burying him in spending, and so, in propaganda ads. In such a case, the outspent candidate may find his free speech is muffled.
Money matters in campaigns. Spending ratios do too.

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Amazingly large numbers

By the Numbers

I am going to express several amazingly large numbers in terms of how many millions they represent. I believe most of us can relate to the concept of millions, millionaires, etc. But we have a very hard time relating to a billion (it’s 1,000 million) and we are essentially unable to conceptualize what a trillion means (it’s 1,000,000 million). So, let’s make millions our benchmark.

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Turning Back the Pages

100 years ago — April 1912
SALISBURY — A number of citizens of this village have formed a stock company and will conduct the meat business at the old stand. They carry a full line of meats, are having a telephone installed, and will endeavor in every way to render excellent service.
Charles Vosburg of Lime Rock drove through Lakeville one day last week and his load was a very choice one, consisting of about 47 prize white orpington fowls for R.N. Barnum’s poultry yards. Charlie said “I had to ‘cough up’ just $750 for the lot.” That’s certainly some chicken money.

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Letters to the Editor - April 19, 2012

LJ wrong on capital punishment

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Shouldn’t public lands be saved for use by all?

EarthTalk - Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I understand that there are bills before Congress right now that seek to turn over public lands to destructive commercial and recreational activity. What can be done to stop this assault on the land that belongs to all the people?
Astrid Cameron
New York, N.Y.

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Cops know their beats

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

It’s not unusual for any union to disagree with its management. When it’s the two sides of the state’s law enforcement that are completely at odds, however, that is enough to give the public they serve chills. If the very structure of the state police in this region is in question, so is the solidity of a safe society.

Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative

Editorial Cartoon