The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Everybody’s hat is in the ring, including mine

Of the several thousand people expected to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, two of the early entrants are senators Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

Harris says she’s running out of a “sense of duty” and “love of country.” Gillibrand styles herself as a “young mom” who will “fight for your children” as hard as she would fight for her own.

Hartford Courant in dire need of a white knight

When I worked for the Hartford Courant in the late 1950s, Connecticut’s capital was a two-paper town and the larger of the two papers was the afternoon Hartford Times.

The Courant, founded in 1764 and the nation’s oldest, continuously published newspaper, wouldn’t become the circulation leader until 1965 when it attracted 136,000 readers, 2,000 more than the Times.  

In the next decade, television news replaced the afternoon paper in many homes and in 1976, the Times, its circulation down to 69,000, ceased publication after 159 years.


The importance of the news, past and present

Really, what is news? With entertainment, advertising and self promotion so much a part of the mix now on all platforms, it’s sometimes hard to tell. But whether it’s local, statewide, national or international, it should be information that is relevant and useful to our lives, shouldn’t it? Otherwise, we would be hard-pressed to see it as important. We should be able to judge that for ourselves, and know why it’s better for us to know certain things than to be ignorant of them. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 1-31-19

Asphalt plant should not be in East Canaan

It is more than a little disturbing that a letter dated May 24, 2007, from Michael Mulville to the North Canaan Planning and Zoning commission has turned into this upsetting and expensive issue of a possible warm mix asphalt plant in our town.


The pay gap for women is growing

If Citigroup, one of the world’s largest banks, is any indication, women earn 29 percent less than their male counterparts. It also revealed that only 37 percent of its managerial jobs were held by females.

Wall Street has long been known as “the last bastion” for white males. But to Citigroup’s credit, it just made public its internal assessment of the existing pay gap between the genders. One reason it did so was the new disclosure standards that are now required in the United Kingdom since last April. 

The citizenship question: Trump’s pet project

On Jan. 15, Judge Jesse Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to add its controversial question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census. As the judge declared in his ruling, the citizenship question could dissuade more than 24 million residents from filling out the census. The Trump administration is expected to appeal the decision, with the U.S. Supreme Court making its decision before June.

‘If true’ doesn’t make an unconfirmed news story right

One story had the president ordering a subordinate to lie to the Congress about his private business dealings with a hostile foreign state. The other, an incident involving a hate group, Catholic high school boys and a drum-thumping Native American, required the consumer to judge whether he saw a 14-year-old kid smiling or smirking.  

Both stories gave the public reason to question the integrity of the news they read and watch and both broke a basic rule of journalism: being right is more important than being first.  

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — January 1919

The Robbins Burrall Trust Co. have installed this week a Burroughs Ledger Posting and Statement machine. This machine, which is electrically operated, is the “last word in mechanical bookkeepers” and was purchased in order to keep up with the growing business of the company.


LIME ROCK — Some people are filling their ice houses from Gillette Pond. The ice is eleven inches thick.