The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Childhood: You just have to risk it

Consider This

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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Talking turkey with Ben Franklin

Nature's Notebook

With Thanksgiving a week away and our thoughts turning to turkey, I thought it fitting to excerpt Benjamin Franklin’s famous letter to his daughter stating his dismay that the bald eagle had been chosen for our national bird and not the wild turkey. It shows considerable insight into bird behavior and references not only turkeys and eagles but also osprey and kingbirds. Enjoy, and happy (early) Thanksgiving!

After the storm: A gardener learns acceptance

The Garden Coach

This is not the column that’s been rattling around my head for the past couple weeks. Somehow the finer points of woodland editing seem less relevant in the wake of the devastation wrought by heavy snow on fully leafed-out trees. It’s time to deal with nature’s major edit instead.

I’ve always somewhat skeptically admired people who, after losing a magnificent tree that shaded the entire yard, dusted themselves off and said, “Well, now I have a sunny place for all the plants I couldn’t grow before.”

East of Eden

Editorial Cartoon