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Turning Back The Pages 2-23-12

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — February 1912

The Observer (editorial): Sharon is to build a big stretch of new cement sidewalks the coming summer. If only the sidewalk germ would hit Lakeville, it would find a splendid field for work. Sidewalks are about the greatest need the village has, but they seem mighty slow in coming. The other villages all around us are distancing us in this respect, and we can not be very proud of the fact.

Letters to the Editor February 23, 2012

Letter To The Editor - Lakeville Journal

Apply for fuel help by March 15

Is H5N1 influenza a doomsday virus, as some would have us believe?

The Body Scientific

The papers have been full of articles over recent months about a doomsday influenza virus called H5N1 that has been created by scientists. The New York Times (Jan. 7), the Economist and other papers are thundering about looming calamity, and this column was about to do the same. But in a moment of sense I decided to visit my friend and colleague, Vincent Racaniello. Dr. Racaniello is the Higgins professor of microbiology at Columbia, the author of an important virology textbook and host of the podcast “This Week in Virology.”

Rock solid case for saving our stone walls

Nature's Notebook

The ghost of a snake rail fence zigzags through the woods. I can tell its old location by the line of stones that once were piled at its base.

Ain't Over Til

Editorial Cartoon

Upstairs or downstairs? Where do you see yourself?

Consider This

Yes, we’ve succumbed. And that is not the royal “we,” even though we are referring to a British subject. The “we” is me, and pretty much everyone I know, and what we’ve succumbed to is the latest drawing room drama from the BBC, “Downton Abbey.”

Who is not talking about it? The New York Times reported that people are having British-themed viewing parties. It seems to be a common reaction to a primetime British event; when Prince William wed Kate Middleton, the papers were filled with similar stories — any excuse to don a tiara.

War, peace and U.S. politicians

If You Ask Me

In 2007, when Mitt Romney first ran for president, his handlers attempted to humanize him by having his five sons connect with the voters via the Internet. It was a bad idea as the heirs, then in their 20’s and 30’s, came across as not very humorous preppies, in other words, Romney’s sons.

Before the 2008 Iowa Caucus, I wrote a column suggesting Romney might want to leave the boys home when he campaigned in Waterloo, the hometown of five other brothers who played a very different role in the nation’s history.

The NDAA for 2012: What it means for us

Field Notes From A Battleground

Part 4 of 5

In Part 3 of this series, Church analyzed the critical element of the NDAA, Section 1021, which many critics see as disastrous. This week, he continues that analysis and examines other significant sections.

In case you were wondering, someone is watching you

Body Politic

The FBI now employs 36,000 people and focuses ever more on dissenters. The CIA, supposedly prohibited from spying domestically, now stations agents in local police departments. Homeland Security may legally confiscate your computer and smart phone at the airport, copy their contents and eventually give them back. Civilian agencies have drones to follow you.

And that’s just the beginning.

Not just words, actions

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

So there it is: that’s my vision for Connecticut. That’s what I see in our future: an economic revival.
Some people will surely say an economic revival is beyond our grasp, that I’m asking too much, that I’m setting an expectation that is too high.
They’ll say we should be content to just make progress.
I say those people are dead wrong.
I say setting high expectations is exactly what we should be doing.
— Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

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