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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 7-5-18

Treatment of those seeking asylum horrific

Although I’m presently in a rehab facility after two emergency hospitalizations, none of that is the subject of, or the purpose for, this letter.

Today I had visitors who brought to me the incredible news that our government’s response to illegal immigrants was at that time a policy whereby one parent would be deported, and the children would be separated from their parents and held by the United States government. At first, I could not believe what I was hearing. I was in total shock. A Nazi tactic, a cruel and inhuman action, carried out by my government, by the government of the United States of America, a government presumed by many to be the world’s exemplary democracy, could not be happening. But it was true. It was also ugly and totally appalling. 

As a retired teacher, I could not bear the image of children being ripped from their parents’ arms. And I felt compelled to act in the role of citizen to object to this utterly horrific policy. As a citizen of the United States, and as a person who has no personal issues that in any way are connected to the issue of illegal immigration, I nevertheless felt compelled to write this letter of protest as a way of trying to do my duty. As a citizen and as a human being, I suggest that the only response to this inhuman and disgusting policy is to immediately do away with it, to rescind it, to apologize for its inception and never, ever to consider again any such un-American and cruel a policy. I do not believe that the president’s actions have so far accomplished this.

Deborah Brasher

Kent

 

Be safe while celebrating summer

With all the exciting festive events that make the summer remarkable in our tri-corner Mass., Conn. and N.Y. area, one of the unique offerings that was attended by about a hundred people was a comprehensive introduction to Domestic Abuse and Violence by Women’s Support Services of Sharon. The event was hosted by TRIAD and held at the Bitterman Center in North Canaan, part of a  series of offerings, the last one on gun violence.

While the Lime Rock Fireworks will draw thousands as hopefully the Falls Village Car Show will on Sunday, July 8, more needs to be done to get the word out about personal safety (regarding firearms, addressing conflict by having support and not necessarily direct contact among the parties, safety plans and more such as discussed on many posts on my blog on livfully.org and online.) 

Creating a Community Response to Danger of All Kinds can be a shared goal to help every ‘buddy’ have a meaningful sense of connection and advocacy for themselves and others. As the TEAM motto goes, “Together Everyone Achieves More,” and it can apply to enjoying programs and community life year round and staying safe at home, school, work and in public. Thanks for being on The Community Action Teams, whether named or created naturally. 

I will be doing outreach along these lines at events and welcome others to join me, contacting me at 860-824-0827 or cppaton@yahoo.com. More internet and phone access for all citizens could be a  key factor for all non-profits to pursue and promote other helpful responses as well for ‘social services’ to make them more effective as well. Happy 2018 with More Team Support for All!  

Catherine Palmer Paton

Falls Village

 

Thanks from the Tri-State Chamber

The 23rd annual Murphy Open took place at the Egremont Country Club on Monday, June 11. Originally started by Fred Stevenson in honor of Bill “Murph” Mayberry, who contributed greatly to our community, this event has raised over $90,000 in support of community organizations throughout our local Tri-state region.

In 2017 the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce was honored to take on this event, to continue the tradition of giving back to the organizations that are the backbone of our community. This year’s beneficiary was the Sunday in the Country Food Drive.

We would like to take a moment to give thanks to all those who make this event such a success: the players, the sponsors, the donors, and the volunteers. Without you, none of this would be possible. It truly does take a village!

Here’s to 2019! See you on the greens.

With our great appreciation.

Jean Saliter

President and event chair

Mary Wilbur

Vice president and event co-chair

Lakeville

 

A plea: ‘Do unto others’

This is an open letter from area clergy to residents of Salisbury/Lakeville.

Dear friends and neighbors, 

There is a common thread that weaves through almost all religious and spiritual traditions — it is called “the Golden Rule,” most often quoted as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” When this rule is embraced, communities thrive. Compassion becomes the prevailing sentiment rather than discord.  

We, the clergy serving local religious institutions, call on our beloved community to strive to meet this ideal. We encourage you, our neighbors, to listen deeply to one another, to open your hearts and minds to opinions that might differ from your own. We believe that we are stronger when we work together to ensure that the needs of food, shelter and safety are met for every person who lives here. 

We believe that Salisbury/Lakeville has the capacity to build a “beloved community” where each life, each voice and each person are valued.  

We call on every person to be thoughtful, caring and loving in our civil discourse. 

Let’s show the world that when the Golden Rule is allowed to work, everyone wins. Grace and peace to all.

The Rev. Dr. Diane Monti-Catania, Pastor, Salisbury Congregational Church

The Rev. David F. Sellery, Priest-in-Charge, St. John’s Episcopal Church

The Rev. Heidi Truax, Rector, Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal Church

The Rev. Margaret A. Laemmel, Pastor, Lakeville United Methodist Church

The R. Iain Highet, Pastor, Church of St. Mary of St. Martin of Tours Parish

Barbara Roth, Jewish Community Group of the Northwest Corner

Jo Loi, Co-chair, Northwest CT Unitarian Fellowship

The Rev. Eileen Epperson, SVNA Hospice Chaplain

Salisbury

 

Robo calls,  go away

I think Alexander Graham Bell was happy with his invention of the telephone. If only he knew what he started. The telephone has become an aggravation.

For some reason callers seem to think I am holding my phone just waiting for calls. I’m not. I have an answering machine that picks up after the fifth ring. I’ve had this land line for 50 years and don’t plan to give it up. I see no need for cell phones, which often don’t work in my house because of the hills.  

I get robo calls the same time each day even though I have registered for no calls. I just ignore them.

Carolyn A. McDonough

North Canaan

 

Thanks from the Tri-State Chamber

The 23rd annual Murphy Open took place at the Egremont Country Club on Monday, June 11. Originally started by Fred Stevenson in honor of Bill “Murph” Mayberry, who contributed greatly to our community, this event has raised over $90,000 in support of community organizations throughout our local Tri-state region.

In 2017 the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce was honored to take on this event, to continue the tradition of giving back to the organizations that are the backbone of our community. This year’s beneficiary was the Sunday in the Country Food Drive.

We would like to take a moment to give thanks to all those who make this event such a success: the players, the sponsors, the donors, and the volunteers. Without you, none of this would be possible. It truly does take a village!

Here’s to 2019! See you on the greens.

With our great appreciation.

Jean Saliter

President and event chair

Mary Wilbur

Vice president and event co-chair

Lakeville