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The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Find a way to agree on rebuilding the sidewalks

It can be hard to make a change, even if it’s for the better. The uncertainty of the outcome of any new initiative is part of the hesitation. Will it work out as well as expected?

The importance of the news, past and present

Really, what is news? With entertainment, advertising and self promotion so much a part of the mix now on all platforms, it’s sometimes hard to tell. But whether it’s local, statewide, national or international, it should be information that is relevant and useful to our lives, shouldn’t it? Otherwise, we would be hard-pressed to see it as important. We should be able to judge that for ourselves, and know why it’s better for us to know certain things than to be ignorant of them. 

Thanks for writing

This is a time when communication is fast and sometimes careless, with partisan and often rude rants on social media becoming the norm rather than the exception. In such a climate, it can seem positively archaic to continue to use platforms that are based on civil, thoughtful discourse, with a forced period of time in between approach and response. When, for instance, is the last time you wrote a letter? Even emails are less common now than texts or other quick forms of conversation online, some of which can lead to miscommunication rather than mutual understanding.

Keep the momentum going on transfer station

Picture this: A large public project is proposed. It then goes through the regulatory approval process. It takes so long and meets with so much opposition that it is no longer viable. While the service it would have provided to the public would have been welcome and necessary, it goes by the wayside.

Looking back and forward in NW Corner towns

With the new year comes a re-evaluation of where we are, where we have been and what might be coming. It is never simple to take on the endlessly popular new year’s resolutions, yet we all seem to try to do it. Each time we do, it means looking back at what went well or not so well in the previous year. Let’s look at some of our Northwest Corner towns and see what was significant for each of them. It could give us a clue about what to expect in 2019.

Replacing that which may disappear

Things change. Some things we wish would change more quickly, some we wish would never change, but really, we often have no control over all that, do we? 

CT-N is back We should watch what our elected officials are doing

It was just over a year ago that the Connecticut Public Affairs Network (CPAN) ended its coverage of the state Legislature and more, which it had provided to the public since 1999. CT-N, the cable and streaming video service run by CPAN, which gave the public complete access to legislative sessions, was then taken over by the Legislature itself. This was not a good solution to budgetary cuts that had gutted what CPAN had to work with, ending a tenure that had been a reflection of open government strength in Connecticut over its many years of operation.