The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 8-29-19

Connecticut needs Republican leadership

Last year both gubernatorial candidates said what everybody  knows: the state of Connecticut is an economic disaster. But only 40 years ago, Connecticut was among the most prosperous  of all 50 states with one of the lowest tax burdens and  per capita debt,  a reasonable cost of living, and an excellent business climate.  

In short, this was a great place to live and do business. Many  major corporations, like UPS and GE, moved here.

Our home, our future

Voices from the Salisbury community about the housing needed for a healthy, economically vibrant future.

Affordable housing: What are we afraid of?

Predictable: The behavior of world leaders from era to era

Eighty years ago, on Sept.1, 1939, World War II began with a bang, an unprovoked Nazi German invasion of Poland, a blitzkrieg that produced shock and awe and featured such uneven combat as German Panzer tanks routing Polish horse cavalry. 

The onset of World War II was a momentous event, yet today in America little note is taken of it. Young Americans wonder what it has to do with their lives, and why they should bother studying it. 

How to make Housatonic River recreation safer?

Especially during the heat of the summer, we can all understand the desire for those who live in the city to leave it all behind for a day or two and escape to the country, where the air is fresh and the water is cool. But such excursions have twice this summer ended in terrible tragedy, with a 40-year-old Brooklyn man perishing in the Housatonic River at Great Falls in Falls Village July 30, and, as reported by Executive Editor Cynthia Hochswender this week, a 25-year-old Bronx woman drowning at Bull’s Bridge in New Milford  on Aug. 12. 

Baseball is hurting: Just not right that strikeouts exceed hits

Baseball isn’t the game I’ve loved since Brooklyn won the pennant in 1941. 

There are too many players striking out too many times in the pursuit of too many homers.  The games continue to be too long, with too many dead spots.  And it’s become a game played too much of the time by only three of the 10 men on the field.

Aging in place: Worth it despite challenges

Part I

Two thousand years ago, the Roman orator Cicero wrote: “Old age will only be respected if it fights for itself, maintains its rights . . . and asserts control over its own to its last breath.”

One of the greatest taboos in our society is to talk about aging and, yes, dying. I am dying. And so are you. Sorry, but it’s true. And once we can accept that growing old is the only alternative to dying young, we can begin to make the last third of our lives a positive experience.

Top Boeing bosses must testify before Congress now

Two Boeing 737 MAX crashes, one in Indonesia last October and one in Ethiopia this past March, took a combined 346 lives. Steady scrutiny by the media reported internal company leaks and gave voice to sidelined ex-Boeing engineers and aerospace safety specialists. These experts have revealed that Boeing’s executives are responsible because they chose to use an unstable structural design and faulty software. These decisions left the flying public, the pilots, the airlines and the FAA in the dark, to varying degrees.