The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Night and day

Nature's Notebook

I was driving to the Wassaic train station early one morning as a red seam of dawn was just starting to spread on the eastern horizon.

Good Ole Days

Editorial Cartoon

Power outages, now and then

Guest Commentary

Since 1973 I have been caretaker for the Yelping Hill Association in West Cornwall: 424 wooded acres, 23 summer homes, including mine — and a mile of CL&P electric poles and overhead wires. CL&P and I have been through a lot of storms and electrical outages on Yelping Hill but nothing like what we experienced after the recent nor’easter.

State busway a white elephant

The Chris Powell Column

The more that the $567 million bus highway project between Hartford and New Britain is touted for the construction jobs it will produce, the more you can be sure that its nominal justification — transportation between the two struggling cities — isn’t very persuasive.

Whom do we owe?

Independent Investor

Our national debt stands at $14 trillion, and it’s rising $3 million a minute (or $3.99 billion a day), every day. Given that our debt ceiling at the moment stands at $14.294 trillion, it is only a matter of time before we once again have to renegotiate the debt ceiling.

Readers may recall that as a result of the last go-around over the debt ceiling, investors worried that a technical default by the U.S. would create massive negative fallout among the holders of our national debt. “They” (so the story goes) would dump our debt overnight, creating a huge spike in interest rates.

Congress needs new faces

If You Ask Me

What if the voters go to the polls next November and decide to punish their Congressmen by not re-electing them?

It could happen to a lot of them, to Connecticut Democrats and red state Republicans. People are disgusted with the men and women who were sent to Washington to govern, but spent their talents on political gamesmanship and fundraising. Even incumbents in safe districts, made financially invincible by a corrupt system, could be in trouble, regardless of party.

Turning Back the Pages - December 1

75 years ago — 1936

LIME ROCK — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Loucks Jr. of Torrington were callers in town on Sunday.

SALISBURY — The home of William Conklin is being wired for electricity.

LAKEVILLE — Miss Tryphena Everts has resumed her duties at the Telephone exchange after enjoying a two weeks vacation.

SALISBURY — Miss Louise Scribner is making a costume doll for Helen Hayes, the actress.

50 years ago — 1961

Shop where you want, but remember where you live this Yuletime

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

With Cyber Monday behind us and the holiday shopping season still in force, it’s a good time to consider one’s options in buying locally. Shopping locally certainly doesn’t mean one cannot shop online, however. There are plenty of businesses in the Tri-state region that offer online goods and services of all kinds.

Letters to the Editor - December 1

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Bad firehouse decision, lost opportunity

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Stump gardens a use for storm wreckage

The Garden Coach

A reader sent in a question about one of the items on my “to do” list in my last column (Nov. 10, Lakeville Journal) about storm wreckage. He wanted to know, “What’s a stump garden?”

The one I’ve been working on for the past year is hefty but pretty simple. I had sections of a big tree scattered haphazardly where they had been cut at the edge of a woodland garden. They were too gnarled for me to split and it was too costly to have it done professionally.