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The NDAA for 2012: what it means for us

Field Notes From A Battleground

Charles R. Church has written before for The Lakeville Journal, on drone warfare and national security, but will now write a more regular column. Church conducts an appellate law and alternative dispute resolution practice in Salisbury with the Law Office of Charles R. Church LLC. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Policy and Research, Seton Hall Law School, Newark, N.J., where he consults on Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib detention and related issues. He also consults on detention, torture, habeas corpus and related issues for Human Rights First, New York, N.Y., and Washington, D.C.

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Not all taxes have to hurt

Body Politic

Taxes are a deeply emotional subject and make for hot political theater. Whenever the T-word is blurted out, our anxiety zooms. That’s the whole idea. Millionaires, who rightfully are the target for paying more, want us to think that any changes in the tax code will mean that we’ll all be paying more, too.

Not so. The goal with this reform is to finally catch up those taking advantage of loopholes.They don’t want us to see them, but they’re there. Is Mitt Romney one of them? We’ll have to read his tax returns to find out.

We need government accountability, but not diluted under OGA

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration pulled the state’s watchdog agencies under the umbrella of the Office of Government Accountability (OGA), ostensibly to save money, the move was viewed with trepidation by many in Connecticut who believe strongly in government accountability and openness.

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Turning Back the Pages - January 26

100 years ago — January 1912
LIME ROCK — While coasting in our street last Monday, Harry Amundson had the misfortune to get hurt quite badly.

SALISBURY — Mr. Knight of New York has bought Dan Ashman’s place. Dan has bought the Elliott place and Horace Kelsey Mrs. Burtch’s property.

Letters to the Editor - January 26

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

A tribute to Ann Cooley Buckley
I’ve just seen your warm obituary (January 5) on Ann Cooley Buckley, who was surely one of the most wonderful human beings to have graced our country these past 80 years. You  speak  about  how  she  felt  she had a mission after the terrible accident that left her crippled from the neck down. That was a graceful tribute, but what I remember from that period elucidates strikingly the huge love in her character.

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Bear facts

Nature's Notebook

No one knows how many black bears we have in Connecticut. There certainly seems to be an expanding population in the northern and western parts of the state, but no complete picture is available to us based on rigorous science.

Tail Gunner Joe

Editorial Cartoon

Thoughts on the 2012 GOP leadership strategy

Insight

As a former Eisenhower Republican who went door-to-door in Manhattan for Ike in both 1952 and 1956, I was pleasantly surprised recently to receive in the mail a “2012 Presidential Leadership Survey” sent by the current Republican National Committee. It is always interesting to know what, if anything, voters are thinking. It provides food for thought.

Corporate corruption, PAC money really isn’t helping presidential politics

If You Ask Me

I wonder if any of the Supreme Court justices who voted with the majority in the Citizens United case are troubled after seeing what once illegal money is already doing to the 2012 presidential election.

“With a stroke of the pen, five justices wiped out a century of American history devoted to preventing corporate corruption of our democracy,” was reformer Fred Wertheimer’s assessment of the decision. Could perhaps one or two of the justices now think critics like Wertheimer may have had a point?

More really bad storms would still knock us out

The Chris Powell Column

Some good recommendations have come out of the work of the commission appointed by Gov. Malloy to study the long and excruciating electric power outages after the tropical storm in August and the freak snowstorm in October. The governor has followed up with his own recommendations.