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Letters to the Editor - November 24

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Community came to aid after fire
Thanksgiving. Giving thanks. With the season of Thanksgiving upon us, the Grimaldi family has much to be thankful for. Out of our tragic fire came the daily affirmation that we are loved, cared for and belong to a community that truly helps one another in times of need. The outpouring of support and generosity by so many — family, friends and even people we are not even acquainted with — has caused us to be completely overwhelmed with gratitude, appreciation and pride to call this community our home.

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No phurkeys or turkants in our future

Nature's Notebook

I was asked by my editor, presumably with tongue in cheek, if I would comment on the possibility that the farm-raised pheasants in Sharon that escaped during the October snowstorm might interbreed with wild turkeys and develop a new species. As ring necked pheasants are an Asiatic game bird and genetically far removed from the American turkey, I am sorry to say that “phurkeys” or “turkants” are an impossibility under the known laws of science.

Fellow Republican

Editorial Cartoon

Childhood: You just have to risk it

Consider This
tarak@lakevillejournal.com

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Billings, Mont., at the same time as the NILE Rodeo. It seemed like a perfect evening’s entertainment, so I bought tickets for my son and me, and off we went. Occasionally when I’m channel-surfing I’ll pause to watch a bit of bull riding or bronco busting, but that pales in comparison to being in an arena filled with cowboys, ranchers, farm hands and others whose history and livelihoods are tied to these daredevil sports. The rancher sitting next to me had a reticence that never betrayed what his own experience might be.

Some more really bad CT storms

If You Ask Me

A few years ago, on the 65th anniversary of the 1938 hurricane and the 50th anniversary of the 1955 flood, Connecticut’s worst weather-related disasters, I wrote about each of them for the now departed Connecticut section of The New York Times.

With respect and sympathy for all who suffered through this year’s disastrous hurricane and snowstorm, they can’t be compared for severity with the 1938 and 1955 storms. Consider:

Gordon Gekko should run

The Independent Investor

Did you know that congressmen and senators consistently outperform the stock market year after year? On average, the lower house members beat the market by about 6 percent a year, while those of the higher chamber wrack up a 10 percent level of outperformance annually. Now, if you believe that’s purely coincidental, well, I have a bridge I can sell you cheap.

Local storm communication

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

During the Oct. 29 Storm Alfred, when just about every household in the Northwest Corner was without power or regular forms of communication, WHDD radio based in Sharon became a real clearinghouse for information. Anyone with a battery-powered, solar, wind-up or car radio was able to hear where to get water, free meals, access to warmth or other help to get through the aftermath of the storm. On Oct. 29, few thought they would still be without power seven days later, but many were. The recovery from the storm would have been even more difficult without the local communication WHDD provided.

He was our compass

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

There were few things one could find in which Bob Estabrook was not interested. Anyone who kept track of his thoughts through the weekly column, Perambulating, which he wrote for this newspaper for decades concluding with the Dec. 25, 2008, issue, knew he found the habits of his backyard squirrels equally as fascinating as the habits of world leaders. His curiosity was boundless, as was his taste for adventure. These characteristics helped define his legacy for all at this newspaper, and that legacy is felt profoundly by all this week as we report on his death, and his life.

Turning Back The Pages

75 years ago — November 1936

SALISBURY —  Mr. and Mrs. I. Kent Fulton have returned from a visit with their son Wells in California. They made the trip overland by auto.

Reflections of the Season (editorial): The world is mighty inconsistent, to be celebrating Armistice Day that ended war and at the same time rapidly arming to the teeth in preparation for another war. It’s ironic to say the least.

Letters to the Editor - November 17

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

An important resource
I read with interest the letters of appreciation to WHDD/Robin Hood Radio for the service (some have gone so far as to call it a lifeline) they provided during our October surprise, and would like to add my thanks to Jill, Marshall and the rest of the Merry Men.

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