The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint


Let’s finally solve the gun problem

Following the latest school shooting at Parkland, Fla., Trump/GOP spokesmen and NRA proponents were quick to say it’s “too bad, too sad and too soon” to discuss gun control and gun safety. Under unprecedented protest and pressure from students, parents and concerned citizens nationwide, the Trump/GOP apologists have attempted to shift the focus of attention to mental health services ­— a subject they have never spoken about, cared about or provided funding for, up to now.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 3-22-18

Support a bear hunting season

Over the past 20 years, the black bears have become more and more of a nuisance in northwestern Connecticut. They are causing property damage and occasionally killing livestock. A few months ago, a bear killed a donkey in Watertown. A donkey is not a small animal.

I do not hunt, and I love wildlife as much as the next person, but I believe the time has come to establish a limited hunting season for bears in Connecticut. This is not to eradicate the bears, but to bring their numbers to a controllable level. 

Our planet is in jeopardy; we need to act now

The cold polar winter air is pushing down deep into the south while the warm Atlantic air has been darting well north of the Arctic, a condition that has endured well into March now. Where is the “Comes in as a Lion and departs as a Lamb?” March we want? It is the warm south breeze coming up our coast and the Gulf Stream which are penetrating the Polar Vortex and are the most visible facts of global warming. One is water and the other is air, but the effect of both are cumulative.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — March 1918

Benjamin Baldwin of  Taconic has purchased the Salisbury Market. David Hatmaker is in charge there at present.


SALISBURY — George Barton and Walter Hardisty left on Monday afternoon for Fort Slocum to enter service in the Coast Artillery. The best wishes of many friends go with them.


Lost — An Airedale Dog with the name “Bob” on his collar. $5.00 reward. H.N. Willard, Salisbury, Conn.


Lots of good energy at ‘The King and I’

Speaking of reasons to be proud of our students at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, their production of “The King and I” March 15 through 17, presented by the Housatonic Musical Theatre Society, was performed before large and appreciative audiences made up of all age groups. Their enthusiasm, hard work and talent shone through, and gave everyone a gigantic boost during the end-of-winter doldrums. 

Baby you can (self-drive) my car

Judging by the many car commercials showing an oblivious (but happy) driver saved by technology from hitting a pedestrian, the campaign for the autonomous driving vehicle is shifting into high gear. Apparently, no one will be safe unless we agree to share (and eventually abandon) the driver’s seat.

A Luddite rant from an aging baby boomer? No. Although I do resent having it shoved down my throat, based on projected safety stats, some or all of it is probably inevitable. 

Vegas, The Leave-It-There City

Flushing truth and freedom down an Oval hole

“Captain Jack” Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures and was called “The Poet Scout.” This is the final stanza of his 1889 poem, “Truth”:


Truth may sparkle like diamonds,

But some men will cast it aside.

Instead they will treasure the mica,

And say to the truth, “Let her slide.”