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Don’t call these TV performances debates

In August of 2015, 15 months before the presidential election, the Republican Party invited 17 of its best and brightest candidates for president to take part in what would be the first of a dozen “debates.”  They would continue until the following March and give us Donald Trump.

Socialism

Letter to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal – 3-7-19

Think of it from the fox’s point of view

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1919

SALISBURY — I.K. Fulton has purchased a new Peerless car. 

 

LAKEVILLE — The engine and tender of the westbound Central New England passenger train due here at 12:08 a.m. was derailed at Cherry Brook Station last Saturday morning by a washout due to high water. The derailment nearly plunged the train into the Farmington River. Public Utilities Commissioner R.T. Higgins was a passenger on the train. 

 

Art over function: unleashed graphic designers

Many readers object to illegible print in contemporary print newspapers and magazines. In today’s print news, legible print is on a collision course with flights of fancy by graphic artists.

Keep funding for more than classroom studies

During any school budget season, but especially this one with talk of consolidations and economic efficiencies taking the fore more than ever, it’s important to step back and take a hard look at the students who are being educated in our school systems and observe objectively what is positively affecting their experiences there. The need to save money is understood by every taxpayer, but educating our young people  in all facets of their lives should also be valued, and budgets should be crafted accordingly.

The IRS certainly has its hands full this year

The government’s partial shutdown has everyone on edge this year. Despite assurances from the powers that be, many taxpayers are concerned that their tax returns won’t be processed on time. Should you be worried?

One misconception many have is that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was closed. Not true, the IRS remained open, despite having no budget from Dec. 22, 2018, until the government reopened on Jan. 25.  The agency was running under a contingency plan, which meant operating with only 12 percent of its staff. 

Increase the federal gasoline tax

Dilapidated water and sewage systems, a teetering electric grid, falling bridges, dangerous roads and tunnels . . . Republicans, Democrats, and President Trump all seem to agree that we need to make major improvements to our national infrastructure. It is falling apart. 

Playing politics with a tragic death

Fresh from its crushing defeat in November, the Connecticut Republican Party has managed to demean itself in a new and different fashion by trying to make political capital out of a young woman’s tragic death.   

After the body of 24-year-old New Yorker Valerie Reyes was found stuffed in a suitcase on a Greenwich roadside Feb. 5, a former boyfriend was charged with her murder. It turned out the alleged killer, Javier Da Silva, is a dual citizen of Portugal and Venezuela who had entered the country legally in 2017 but overstayed his visa.

DST good or bad for Earth?

Dear EarthTalk: Would extending Daylight Savings Time (DST) year-round have benefits for the environment?

—Jane Wyckoff, Soquel, CA