The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Not in your backyard. How about theirs?

In 1598, when a theater was being built in London for William Shakespeare’s acting troupe, local residents figured theater-goers would disrupt the neighborhood so they blocked construction. The Globe Theater ended up being built across the Thames.

More recently, Falls Village, Goshen and Salisbury have all rejected affordable housing in areas that residents deemed too sensitive, too idyllic or too inappropriate for such use. New sites will have to be acquired or the projects cancelled.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — August 1919

Nicholas Guzman, a full blood Filipino, is one of the workmen employed by Barnes and Osborn on the state road work. Nicholas speaks good English, has been in this country eight years and wants to locate in Lakeville as he likes it better here than any place he has visited yet.


LIME ROCK — Mr. Duncan who has been ill, is now able to be out and is soon to return to his duties.


SHARON — The H.B. Dakin Co. have improved their store with a new dress of paint.

Medicare for all, or Afghanistan for all?

Government is good at two things: waging stupid wars and distributing money. This should be examined closely in light of the clamor from Democrats for “Medicare for all.”

For to govern is to choose, and as the new Democratic U.S. representative from New York City, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has observed, nobody ever asks where the money for another stupid war is to come from, and Afghanistan has consumed hundreds of billions of dollars over 18 years. 

Death penalty to make a comeback

States don’t execute very many people these days, so the Trump Administration intends to take up the slack by reviving the death penalty on the federal level for the first time in nearly two decades.

Given the president’s love for things as they used to be, it’s not surprising.

Rethinking 'asylum seekers' and 'refugees'

The Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans fleeing the violence, unemployment and poverty of their homelands (which constitute the Northern Triangle of Central American nations) have largely followed the strategies of their Mexican neighbors. Since 1965, the United States has capped the number of annual immigrants from the Western Hemisphere at 120,000. On the assumption that this meager number would never accommodate their entry, migrants slipped in somewhere along our nearly 2000-mile southern border, agreeing to live in the economic and political shadows. 

Our Home, Our Future: The White Hart

Everyone in Salisbury is delighted that managers Dan Winkley and John Ciliberto have been able to restore The White Hart inn to its traditional role as a lively hub in the center of town. 

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We’re 123 years old, yet new every week

This week marks the beginning of the new year for The Lakeville Journal’s life as a publication, entering its 123rd year, having begun publication in 1897. If you would like to stop by our office in Falls Village, you can see a hard copy that is kept under glass of Vol. 1, No. 1, published Aug. 14, 1897, four broadsheet pages of news.

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

Trump’s behavior in office spurs critics

I would like to address Mark Godburn’s op-ed in the Aug. 1 issue of The Lakeville Journal. 

When President Trump was first elected, I wanted to give him a fair chance with an open mind. Unfortunately, his presidency has turned out to be exactly what I hoped it wouldn’t be. Beginning with the disgusting conversation with Billy Bush before he was president, Trump has truly made a mockery of the presidential office. 

Turning Back the Pages: August 8, 2019

100 years ago — August 1919

The Dr. William Bissell Hospital Fund, having been incorporated, is now ready to receive donations. Do not wait for a later “drive” to give; do not wait to be asked to give to so worthy a beneficence; but make your contribution at once. Mr. Wm. Kane is treasurer of the Fund, and will receive donations or subscriptions at the bank, or he will receive checks through the mail.


Fly quiet: Airlines starting to address noise pollution

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve noticed more and more air traffic over my house in Seattle and I’m getting a little sick of all the noise. Is there anything I can do to force the airlines to disperse their routes more widely or, even better, cut back on their number of flights?   — Bill G., Seattle, WA