Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 7-18-19

Let’s move forward on the water septic problem

In response to Martha Lane’s July 11 comments in The Lakeville Journal on West Cornwall’s septic problem:

She doesn’t agree that the proposed system would be part of Cornwall’s infrastructure. It may be a stretch to compare this to a school, but how does it differ from roads or bridges that are routinely maintained or replaced to serve a limited number of homes?

She is not persuaded by the argument that a treatment system might bring residents or businesses back to town. Yes, our loss of retail business and young families is a regional and even national problem, but is that a reason to do nothing? 

I have lived in Cornwall for 50 years, but you don’t have to go back that far to recall that a grocery store, general store, butcher, liquor store, several restaurants and my dentist once filled West Cornwall. No one supposes that kind of renewal will happen anytime soon, but Cornwall’s natural beauty and proximity to New York gives us some confidence for a better future. 

Ms. Lane suggests that the 65 property owners in West Cornwall pay for their own community system and stop bothering the rest of us for help. That is not likely to happen, but users will be asked to pay hookup and user fees, which will add up over time. 

There may be some in town who view Cornwall as several separate villages or who subscribe to the philosophy that it’s “every man for himself.” But I doubt most of us see it that way. The vote on July 26 is only to approve spending up to $10,000 for engineering and consulting work to apply for grants and continue to define and cost out the project. A vote against this would be truly shortsighted.

Ed Ferman

West Cornwall


The makings of a Banana Republic

If Gretchen Gordon’s letter of July 11 was meant to refute my column of July 4, she instead makes my point.

She lists many of the left’s wildly exaggerated claims about Donald Trump as if they are all completely accurate and of such momentous outrage and criminality that they demand immediate removal from office.

The left desperately wants to conjure one or more of their convoluted Trump “crimes” into impeachment, or, failing that, to find something that will stick from the Mueller report. Or, failing that, they hope their endless hounding will push Trump to obvious obstruction and they’ll oust him that way. Or, failing that, maybe they’ll find something in his tax returns.

It is this constant fishing, fabricating and goading expedition to remove a sitting U.S. president that constitutes today’s threat to democracy, not Trump’s ignorance and immaturity.

The left shrieked that democracy was under attack when Trump followers chanted “Lock her up” about Hillary Clinton, and when Trump himself said he wasn’t sure he’d honor a Hillary win if he thought there was foul play. To any sane and honest person, the chants were just campaign jingles, and Trump’s statement was his belief he was being cheated, but to the left it was the onset of a Banana Republic.

As it turns out, it is the left, not the right, that is actually pursuing these things for real. Many on the left literally want to overturn the election and put the ousted president in jail.

There’s your Banana Republic.

Mark Godburn



Vindication worth the cost

This letter to the editor is in response to a letter in the July 4 Lakeville Journal written by Jerry Jamin. Mr. Jamin is a very lucky person. Unlike some of us who live in or have lived in Salisbury, Mr. Jamin has not carried the dark burden of being assaulted by a sexual predator. A pedophile who stole the innocence of children. A sick person who used his charisma to hide his actions from many parents of the very children he was molesting. 

Just for me, the vindication that the report revealed is worth far more than what the town of Salisbury paid for it. For Mr. Jamin to compare what I and many others have lived with for decades to “potholes” is totally insensitive and shameful.

To all you “naysayers” who think I and the other victims had falsely accused Mr. Wilkinson, my family was actually a victim of false accusations. My brother Steven was falsely accused of inappropriate behavior with a student at a school he taught at. It wasn’t even sexually related. He lost his job. The stress of losing his job and the subsequent lawsuit took a toll on his health and he passed away from cancer at the age of 56. He left behind his wife and four young girls. 

Just because it didn’t happen to you or your children does not mean it didn’t happen to me or others. We the victims will move on, hold our heads high and stand up to anyone who questions our integrity.

I applaud the Salisbury Board of Selectmen for taking this matter seriously and providing the funds to vindicate the victims who bravely came forward and those victims who did not.

Jeffrey Lloyd



Bringing us together

The Salisbury Association’s Fourth of July gathering at the Grove continues a great tradition: a celebration of our Nation’s birthday and a wonderful event for the Salisbury community.

The heat of summer, the spectacular Lake Wononscopomuc setting, games for the kids organized by Holly Reid, Lou Bucceri’s dramatic oratory of the recitation of the Declaration of Independence, the  joyful Salisbury Band and students selling picnic fare to support their programs, make for a wonderfully familiar event that reinforces a hallowed tradition.  

The Salisbury Association thanks all who came out to visit with friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Donald K. Ross, President

Salisbury Association



Help when needed 

Thank you! To everyone who helped pull me out of the ditch on the Mt. Riga road last Tuesday evening (July 9) and to those who waited - some quite a long time - with composure and good humor until the road was clear. It was nice to meet you, Jill. 

I am so grateful to live in this beautiful place, in a kind and caring community.

Mary McClintock