Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-7-19

Think about how we save local history

Genealogy, a subject that increasingly engages aging Baby Boomers as they reach retirement age, would be crippled without local newspapers. While church, immigration, and military records, among others, help researchers pinpoint the names of our forebears, who they really were — their actions, personalities, statements — emerges only through narratives such as letters and old newspaper articles about them. 

Today’s evanescent Instagrams and other social media posts are leaving little for our children and grandchildren to find when future questions arise. And of course, no one today writes letters. As we ponder the future of our beloved Lakeville Journal, let’s keep in mind how much this institution archives about ourselves and our community that statewide/national news and online media either overlook or put in the dustbin. Think of it as a community diary. Our descendants will be grateful.

Robert Buccino



Fifth Avenue no longer home

Fifth Avenue runs from Washington Square in Greenwich Village to 143rd St. in Harlem — not New York City’s longest street (Broadway is twice as long at 13.5 miles) — but indisputably one of the most expensive and elegant streets in the world.  Fifth Avenue boasts a Museum Mile, a Millionaires Row (far out dazzled today by Moscow housing the most billionaires) and, in 1979, at 57th Street Trump built his 68-floor Tower (Trump math, there are 58.)

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters” crowed Donald Trump in 2016 running for the highest office in a land of law and order.  Just a week ago, Trump’s lawyer William Consovoy argued in court that local authorities in New York could not prosecute the sitting president even if he shot someone in the street — on Fifth Avenue I presume — but then perhaps on any street, any city, any country.  

So The Donald has had a tight relationship with Fifth Avenue — his main home since 1983, a three floor penthouse apartment — one full floor for his preteen son. After 36 years of Trump Tower residency, a fateful walk down its escalators decrying Mexican rapists, constant jeering crowds gathered at cement entry barriers and flocks of exorbitantly expensive guards, Trump is hightailing it from New York. 

Run off of Fifth Avenue, Trump is heading south to Florida, where the expansive 110,000 feet Mar-a-Lago flora buffers him from crowds of Americans beyond a select few of the rally faithful. Mar-a-Lago, disappointingly, is only the 22nd largest mansion in the U.S. — picked up by Trump in 1985 when his bid for the property was rejected and he retaliated by threatening to build a house on property he had quickly acquired that would block Mar-a-Lago’s ocean view.

I suppose in a soon to come update Donald Trump will shout he can shoot anyone in Palm Beach — not nearly as theatrical, headline spawning, or demographically diverse as Fifth Avenue.  

Kathy Herald-Marlowe



Thanks for success of gala

So many — staff, board members, patrons and guests — combined to make the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon’s Gala/Auction at Lion Rock Farm on Saturday, Nov. 2, the success that it was. We are particularly grateful this year for the outpouring of support from local businesses. We at the library are committed to serving the community as best we can and, in turn, find the community’s support truly heartening.  Our thanks to all.

Tom Trowbridge

Board President

The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon