The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Post election aftermath of the U.S. Senate hearing

If the left was energized in the midterms by hatred of President Trump, the right was motivated by rage at what Democrats did to Brett Kavanaugh. The former helped Democrats take the House. The latter helped Republicans keep the Senate.

The Ford-Kavanaugh Senate hearing was always about politics and the direction of the Supreme Court for the next generation. But it was also about the rule of law. Who were you going to believe in the absence of proof? And how would that dynamic play out in future cases?

Rain or fire? Be careful what you wish for

The news is understandably preoccupied with the horrid but spectacular fires in California. Just last year California was bemoaning their horrible drought. The grass is always greener on the other side, especially if it rains. Then it rained, and rained and rained. Everybody was delighted and the reservoirs are now full. Streams ran wet and welcomed fingerling trout promising an end to the disaster of having been dry for years. The problem is that the grass is greener on the other side, only if it rains.

Advantage: Dannel over Donald

In an election influenced by two deeply disliked individuals, whose names appeared nowhere near a ballot, Dannel has prevailed over Donald. 

Being another Dannel Malloy, though hardly desirable, proved preferable to being another Donald Trump in the race for governor of Connecticut.  

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-15-18

What America really means

The heart-wrenching and horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh is a tragedy beyond words. It is the worst anti-Semitic attack in the history of the United States. The sad truth is that it’s not so shocking. We are living in a pervasive and permissive time of hate-filled rhetoric coming from the highest office in our country. President Donald Trump spews venom while proudly declaring he is a nationalist. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1918

SALISBURY — The ground was white with about an inch of snow at Plantain Pond Wednesday morning.


An impromptu celebration was held at Salisbury on Monday evening in honor of the cessation of hostilities. At 8:30 a big bon fire was set off in the street in front of the Congregational Church, and the ex-Kaiser was burned in effigy. Patriotic songs were sung, and groups of young people paraded, blowing horns and cheering.


Jim Buckley of Sharon: Our loss is Maryland’s gain

Jim Buckley was born in New York City, but when he was 3 months old, he was tucked into a bassinette and moved to Sharon. This week, 95 years later, he’s leaving.

In that four score and 10 years, Buckley has had a distinguished career — a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit (which ranks in judicial importance an eyelash below the U.S. Supreme Court), a U.S. Senator (the sole Conservative party candidate to be elected to a post at that level), Under Secretary of State and president of Radio Free Europe.

One very necessary way to plan for the future

Did you miss it? It’s very possible you did. After all, the eyes of the politicians, government and media have all been firmly planted on the mid-term elections, and all the drama that has accompanied them. It’s not until one really needs health care that access to it takes on a very personal kind of importance, and yes, even drama, that would rival that of any election or news cycle. 

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-8-18

Thanks for the Habitat support

Sometimes, it takes a region — not just a village. Northwest Connecticut is blessed with individuals and institutions that believe in the mission of Habitat : that all families deserve a decent and affordable home to live in. 

A NW Corner baseball season to remember

October traditionally heralds in baseball’s Major League World Series, the “Fall Classic.” August ushers in an annual “Summer Classic” of its own, the Connecticut American Legion State Baseball Tournament. Fifty years ago in 1968, the Sharon team of Legion Post 126 played in that tournament.

Best Red Sox ever, but baseball is still succeeding in hurting itself

It was a wonderful World Series, wasn’t it — with the best Red Sox team we’ve seen in seven decades of watching them.

But the games were so long.

We knew things had gotten out of hand after Game 3. It was not only the longest World Series game ever played; it was longer than the entire four-game World Series the Yankees and Cincinnati Reds played in 1939.

Before that happened, the only thing the wondrous 2018 Red Sox had in common with the 1939 Yankees was their regular season victories — a very nice 108 games.