The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Looking forward to connecting in 2018

“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.” 


This quote from Patanjali resonates as we begin 2018. A few initiatives come to mind that confirm the belief that there is a strong bond that connects us. 

Can the GOP fix the fine mess we’ve gotten into?

To paraphrase what Hardy often said to Laurel, “It’s a fine mess we’ve gotten us into.”

Credit for much of the messiness has to go to the Democratic Party, which has controlled the executive and legislative branches of state government for the past eight years. 

But some of the credit for the mess must be shared by the Republican Party, which controlled the governorship for 15 of the past 22 years and played nicely with the Democratic legislative majority in giving the mess its momentum. 

The dangerous pleasure of being right


Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — January 1918

SALISBURY — Mrs. C.B. Carpenter and family are now living at Wake Robin Inn.


CANAAN — Howard Haymaker has returned to the Brooklyn navy yard.


LIME ROCK — Miss Clara Barnum writes from the South that they arrived safely and find some warmer weather than when she left Lime Rock last week.


SHARON — Miss Helen Lovell returned last week from New York, where she had been in a hospital to have her hand treated.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 1-18-18

There is help available for victims of abuse

Along with everybody’s New You Resolutions (yes, and New Year ones too), we can have a New Shared Agenda, an NShA to Rethink Everything. I explore these ideas in series of posts on my blog at www.livfully.org, allowing ideas to flow and connect to explore new ways of thinking on an array of topics. 

Safer town crossing needed in Salisbury

There are many ways the small towns in the Northwest Corner charm us, and it can be a challenge to try to initiate any change at all when a place’s unique New England sensibility may be at risk. So the streets tend to be narrow, relatively unlit and minimally marked by signage, in keeping with the rural quality we cherish.


Torture, terror: There’s more than one way to skin a cat

Part 1 of 2

Cat lovers take comfort. My title is just a turn of phrase, an adage that serves as a metaphor for what I wish to write about.  

The Russia connection: Question of violation of U.S. law

There is much confusion in the mainstream media and on talk shows between the political concept of “impeachable offense” and the legal definition of “criminal offense” in U.S. jurisprudence. How do these two terms apply to the “Russia connection,” if at all? Also, to add to the confusion, a sitting president can be turned out of active office for “inability” to carry out the duties of the office, although technically that “inability” is not impeachable and is not itself a crime.