The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Melancholy mounts in race for governor

I’ve been voting since I filled out an an absentee ballot for Dwight Eisenhower at Fort Knox in 1956 and in all those years, I can’t remember an election with candidates less appealing than the pair running for governor of Connecticut in November—except for the pair who ran for president two years ago. 

I still hope to do my civic duty and vote for someone for governor but at the moment, a month before Election Day, I can’t cast that vote for either of the major party candidates, Ned Lamont or Bob Stefanowski.  

A nice country for well-heeled white men

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — October 1918

Sugar should not cost Connecticut housewives more than eleven cents a pound, according to Robert Scoville, Connecticut’s Federal Food Administrator, who added, in a statement made yesterday, that on much sugar eleven cents was really an excessive price for some time to come.


Church, school and movies are closed until further notice, because of influenza.


TACONIC — Mr. and Mrs. Hanlon are recovering, and George and Emma Brayen are ill with influenza.

A defining moment for American justice

There are so many deep fractures in American society right now that it’s hard to predict and perceive all of them. Of course, the general polarization is quite predictable: Right-wing Republicans will defend the president, gun ownership of all kinds and the repeal of Roe v. Wade. Left-wing Democrats will support a woman’s right to choose and gun control and will criticize the president. Nothing new there.

Judicial Temperament

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 10-4-18

What is fair, or unfair, prejudgment?

I would like to address Mark Godburn’s letter to the editor in The Lakeville Journal’s Sept. 20 issue. 

The story of the incredible, if somewhat brief, life of Jim the Bee

When it came to animals, my father was often one to bring home the unexpected. An intoxicating prospect for a family of five children, although it didn’t always have a happy ending. The baby chicks at Easter probably wasn’t well thought out. My youngest sister “liked to pet soft things”. Think Lennie in “Of Mice and Men”.

Fair and balanced, or not at all?

Brett Kavanaugh was as calm as could be expected at the Senate hearing Sept. 27, for someone who has been publicly accused and convicted without proof of assault, rape and exposure.

The people who have been truly hysterical throughout all this are not Kavanaugh or Christine Ford, but the media, especially The New York Times. Their parsing of Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook in a desperate search for evidence of bad character takes investigative journalism to a new low.

Smirks and glowers: The face of privilege under fire

That insolent smirk. I know it well. It’s the smirk of a hung-over but unruffled preppie slouching into the headmaster’s office to explain his drunken weekend — a boy who knows no real fear because his family name is on the school gym. A smirk that says: I get what I want. I dare you to hold me to account.

The Kavanaugh smirk, in the Senate hearing room.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1918

LIME ROCK — School has closed on account of five cases of scarlet fever in town.


SALISBURY — Master Raymond Knickerbocker is ill with pleuro pneumonia.


TACONIC — Miss Sadie Gordon is pleasantly situated as companion to a lady in Dorchester, Mass.


LIME ROCK — A. Humes is to move from Chapinville to Mrs. Owen’s farm.