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Where redistricting meets ethics

If You Ask Me

Does it bother you that a candidate for Congress has a role in changing the district in which he’s running?

It’s happening in the 5th Congressional District. The candidate is House Speaker Christopher Donovan, who got himself a seat on the Reapportionment Committee that will redraw the lines of the five districts to reflect the population shifts in the 2010 census.

Redistricting for the 64th District should be done with Kent in mind

Guest Commentary

A t a recent meeting of concerned residents of Kent, including myself, the upcoming state assembly redistricting hearings were seen as an opportunity to align Kent with its logical neighbors.

My schlumpy raincoat inspired Columbo

Ranting Retiree

Now that the official eulogies have been paid to the late actor Peter Falk, it’s time to clear up one serious matter: the signature schlumpy raincoat he wore when playing the off-beat detective, Columbo.

In the past few years I have heard several people claim it was their raincoat that inspired him to adopt it as his never-ending article of clothing when tracking down bad guys — and an occasional female.

Not true. As anyone who knows me can testify, I am a paragon of un-neatness.

Turning Back The Pages 7-14

75 years ago — July 1936

SALISBURY — Dell McLain and his Cowboy Band played at Pulvers Corner last Saturday evening.

LIME ROCK — Mrs. Edith Stone has assumed the active management of the Lime Rock Lodge which is now open for business.

SALISBURY — Roswell Rudd was considerably scratched and bruised about head and face when he dove into water that was too shallow on Tuesday. His injuries are not serious.

Letters to the Editor July 14

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Ambulance squad turns 40 in grand style

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High Summer musing

Nature's Notebook

July swings out over dark water and hangs like summer lightning in the air. It warbles in deep ravines and stirs the tassels of the meadow grass. It basks, and it browses with berry-stained fingers. It swells with fruit, puts on new twining growth, or bolts to seed before the second planting.

Could Dodgers return to Brooklyn? If only ...

The Chris Powell Column

With the Los Angeles Dodgers filing for reorganizational bankruptcy, some people, encouraged particularly by the New York Sun, are musing about returning the baseball team to Brooklyn, where it was central to the identity of the working-class borough, smashed racism with the hiring of Jackie Robinson and other great black players and contributed the best part of the golden age of New York baseball.

Two approaches to government transparency

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

There’s a certain irony in the fact that the governor and state Legislature have likely put open information in Connecticut at great risk, while the state’s judiciary has taken a step that improves the public’s access to the courts in a very real way.

Turning Back The Pages 7-7

75 years ago — July 1936

SALISBURY — Miss Nellie Ball and Mrs. George Senior enjoyed a trip to Hartford last Sunday and visited the Rose gardens now in full bloom.

TACONIC — Herbert Scoville Jr. is enjoying the fishing in New Brunswick, and last week sent home a beautiful 30 pound salmon, a very substantial evidence of his skill as an angler.

A different take on Medicare, Social Security

If You Ask Me

This year, the first baby boomers are celebrating their 65th birthday, and their generational birthday/retirement parties will continue until 2029 when the last of them, those born in 1964, reach 65. Seventy-six million in all.

There will be aging baby boomers around, devouring monthly Social Security checks and Medicare payments, if there still are such things, well into the second half of the century.