The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

The new tax bill and the in-home office

The new tax bill has eliminated “miscellaneous deductions” as a class of itemized deductions for 2018. Because miscellaneous deductions are gone, a very large class of deductions is gone too. One member of this class is the office-in-home. And even if you don’t maintain an office, you may be interested in this commentary for illustrating how a tax lawyer thinks.  

A tribute to the man who was the master of the galaxies

I would like to formally thank the late Stephen Hawking for liberating me from my mental turmoil and stumbling blocks by offering me something very much needed: a second chance.

Who is the audience for arrogance?


Cartoon to the Editor

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-29-18

Protect our children

State Representative Brian Ohler’s March 14 news release begins, “I have decided to take immediate action to help protect our school children.”  

I read on eagerly because our children deserve “immediate action.” Imagine my anticlimactic disappointment when I read his next sentence: “I am spearheading the creation of a taskforce that will focus on school security and safety.” 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1918

SALISBURY — D.M. Thrall has purchased an Overland touring car of John H. Smith.


LIME ROCK — Mr. Frank Brown has bought of Harry Amundson, the house known as the Ensign house.


SALISBURY — A.T. Tufo has purchased a horse, wagon, etc. of D.M. Thrall.


Preserving local history

Local history holds different meanings for different people. For some, it’s a way to understand their own family histories and the way they fit into their communities. For others, it’s a way to see the larger picture of the place they now inhabit, looking for connections to the past and hoping therefore to better understand the present and future. And for some of us, remembering the past is remembering our own or our loved ones’ youth. 

Government algorithms and the public’s right to know

In many respects, computers have made life easier. But they have also made life quite a bit more complicated. For example, before the computer age most government documents were on paper. Today, people not only need access to government information on computer media and in computer-readable formats, they need access to the computer programs and systems government uses to make policy and other important decisions. Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin calls this “algorithmic transparency.”

From the Region One superintendent’s desk: An open letter on school safety

To the Parents, Students, and Community Members of Region One, 

 I always prefer to speak and write about the positive things taking place in our schools. Our students and programs designed to promote increased learning are what we should be spending all of our time communicating.