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Being present

Nature's Notebook

A winter landscape with neither snow nor sun can seem quite barren even to a naturalist. There are no riddles to be read in tracks in the snow, no long shadows and low angled light providing visual contrast. It takes a different kind of eye — and attitude, really — to appreciate what nature still has on offer on a matte-gray day. Sometimes it takes the curious heart of a child.

Is it leveraged buyout or sellout of America?

Insight

The principal rationale for current day Wall Street-style corporate dealmaking, notably private equity investing, leveraged financial buyouts and friendly or hostile takeovers, followed by restructuring and re-sale of target companies, is that these practices, although risky, stimulate the economy, reward enterprise and create jobs. But do they?

Corporate Chocolate

Editorial Cartoon

Loved or unloved, hang the governors’ portraits

If You Ask Me

There was one grace note as the political year ended and that was Gov. Dannel Malloy’s gallant assurance that his predecessor’s portrait will soon join her fellow former governors in the State Library.

Malloy stepped in when the Hearst papers reported there were no plans and no funds to commission a portrait of Jodi Rell, the governor from 2004 to 2011.

“Governor Rell should receive her full due honor and respect,” was her successor’s rapid response as he promised he would take care of the matter in the coming legislative season.

Back to nature: the benefits and dangers of raw milk

The Body Scientific

I have a friend who speaks of raw milk from a farm in the Alps in the rhapsodic language that the French normally use for wine: “It was fresh from the cow, full of cream and it smelled of the flowers in the meadows.” Tempting, certainly. There is, however, a case for caution.

Common sense and our post offices

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

The U.S. Postal Service has offered many assurances that the Lakeville post office will remain open. Still, there is some skepticism among community members who believe the building in the middle of town may prove too tempting a money saver for the struggling mail deliverer.

Turning Back the Pages - January 5

100 years ago — January 1912

LIME ROCK — Mrs. Bulman has been suffering from a very sore hand caused by a cat biting her.

George W. Clark is now superintendent of the CNE railway. Mr. Clark began his railroad career as a brakeman on the Erie railroad. Six years ago he became the CNE yardmaster at Maybrook, N.Y., his home being in Poughkeepsie. Two and a half years afterward he was made assistant superintendent, which office he held at the time of his latest promotion.

Letters to the Editor - January 5

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Christmas Bird Count honors mother
When my mother passed away in 1987, the Sharon Audubon Society honored her by establishing the Trixi Strauss Christmas Bird Count. I realize that is quite a mouthful and that “Christmas Bird Count” comes easier to the lips and to the pen.
Also, sadly there probably do not remain many of the birders with whom my mother shared so many hundreds of happy hours throughout the year.

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2012

Editorial Cartoon

Candidate choice could go to wire

If You Ask Me

If a rising economic tide doesn’t lift the good ship Obama, we should be more than a little alarmed at the prospect of a Mitt Romney or — shudder — a Newt Gingrich presidency.