The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Did UConn really need to drop this $4 million? And, fairer redistricting

The Chris Powell Column

For the nearly $4 million it paid, the University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees might have been expected to get some spectacularly original money-saving ideas from the famous consulting firm McKinsey & Co. But the consultant’s report, delivered last month, was little more than boilerplate.

Tribute to an old friend

The remarks below were made by Donald Connery, remembering The Lakeville Journal’s late editor and publisher emeritus Robert Estabrook at his memorial service at the Salisbury Congregational Church, Dec. 10, 2011. The entire tribute will publish in two parts.

Part One

The Good Old Days were not always so good. For one thing, you were supposed to be sad and solemn at any ceremony marking the demise of a loved one, even if he or she had lived a fine, long and sometimes glorious life. These days, however, we are allowed to celebrate a person’s fruitful time on earth, and to speak of the dead in the most personal, affectionate and even joyful terms.

It’s your move, America: Create change

Independent Investor

It is no accident that a growing number of senators and congressmen are supporting an end to insider trading among Washington lawmakers. Given the dismal approval ratings of the nation’s politicians, anything that can raise ratings is at least being considered. But don’t count on the passage of this bill called STOCK (Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge), which is scheduled for a vote in the next few weeks.

The evolution of the Pledge of Allegiance

If You Ask Me

The Pledge of Allegiance has been revered, censored, rewritten and politicized. It has given refuge to the occasional scoundrel and has hardly had a peaceful moment since it was created in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage and sell some magazines.

Now, it’s in the news again as football fans, atheists, super patriots and other interested parties debate the wisdom of requiring its recital before University of Connecticut (UConn) sporting events where they already sing the national anthem. There is no plan to read the Ten Commandments at halftime.

Thanks, Bob Estabrook et al.

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

The Lakeville Journal’s editor and publisher emeritus Robert Estabrook’s memorial service last weekend was a time of reflection for those of us at this newspaper, hearing so much about Bob’s full and wonderful life and remembering his vast influence on those around him, including this community journalism enterprise. It is with deep gratitude that we consider his ability and willingness to help inspire William E. Little Jr. and the late A. Whitney Ellsworth to join forces with him in 1995 and create The Lakeville Journal Company out of the previous company, Hatch Newspapers.

A new shape for the Northwest Corner

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

The final redistricting of the 64th District didn’t happen by chance. As the legislature’s reapportionment committee considered the best ways to accomplish its mission over the past months, there were open meetings at which members of the public could make their opinions known. Activists from Kent, such as Richard Levy, whose letter appears on this page, attended many of those meetings to plead their case to be part of the 64th District.

Turning Back the Pages - December 15

75 years ago — December 1936

SALISBURY — The Misses Alice DuBois, Ethel Matheson and Minnie Carroll motored to White Plains on Saturday and spent the day with Mrs. Harold Scutt.

Reflections of the Season (editorial): The days are getting shorter and shorter, and the nights mere nothing at the pace the world is traveling.

LIME ROCK — There will be movies at the school house on Thursday evening and on Thursday a chicken pie supper for the benefit of the school.

Letters to the Editor - December 15

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

An open letter to the Sharon Board of Selectmen
I went to the Sharon Town Hall last week expecting to see a new exhibit by the artist and editorial cartoonist Dianne Engleke. I was disappointed to learn that her exhibit had been canceled. However, my initial feelings of disappointment turned to outrage when I learned that the reason for the exhibit’s cancellation was censorship.

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Occupy Wall Street: Reinventing the New England town meeting

Reporter's Notebook

Since Nov. 15, when the New York Police Department cleared Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan of the encampments of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, many people seem to think the protest is over.

Last week I traveled to New York City to see what had become of OWS. It’s true, the tents and other vestiges of a daily occupation are gone. The granite benches of the pocket-sized park were largely deserted on Wednesday, Dec. 7. It was a rainy day, warm for December, but still cold. Only a few intrepid people milled about.

Winter reverie

Nature's Notebook

The first black scrim of ice has appeared on some of our shallow and secluded ponds, which raises my hopes of skating by Christmas. There are those, I am sure, who await the gleam of manufactured snow on their favorite slopes with equal relish, but I have always belonged to that tribe that prefers to glide with sharp blades on ice — and not manufactured ice.