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Net neutrality: There are very good reasons to retain it

With all the news about sexual abuse, weather disasters and government impropriety, the very important issue of internet neutrality has escaped broad public scrutiny. This is the week, if not the day, when your access to the internet may become controlled by government and/or business imposed rules that you will never be able to change. Some of the biggest players in the internet space are trying to achieve a seemingly minor but actually profound change in how the internet delivers information to you. The internet is about to be monetized.

The chasm between the seen and the not seen

It will take a long while and the insights of many people to understand the forces at play in the precipitate falls from grace of Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein and others. Since these men exhibited more than a touch of arrogance when they were on high, I feel obliged to offer a few thoughts, in two columns. This one deals with those who were on camera.  The next will look at those who had sway the behind-the-scenes. 

The chasm between the seen and the not seen

It will take a long while and the insights of many people to understand the forces at play in the precipitate falls from grace of Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein and others. Since these men exhibited more than a touch of arrogance when they were on high, I feel obliged to offer a few thoughts, in two columns. This one deals with those who were on camera.  The next will look at those who had sway the behind-the-scenes. 

Many office holders are growing too old on the job

Since at least the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who broke the unwritten law of two-term presidencies, there have been efforts to limit the time our elected leaders can serve.  

The 22nd amendment, passed and ratified soon after FDR’s death, made certain we would never have another three-or-four -term president, another Roosevelt, and we most assuredly have not—had another Roosevelt.  It can be argued the limitation has weakened the second terms of many presidents.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 12-14-17

Western will be there to serve the Northwest Corner

I want to thank all those who have written letters and made telephone calls to try and keep open the Torrington office of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, known as Western. Apparently, we have succeeded. 

Turning Back The Pages

50 years ago — December 1917

Hal Borland, novelist, nature writer and columnist who lives on Weatogue Road in Salisbury, was recently named a contributing editor for the national Audubon Magazine. He also has been named a merit award winner in his native state of Nebraska.

 

FALLS VILLAGE — The team of John DuBois and Ed Mimnaugh had a high score of 139 at the Thursday Dec. 7 Setback League meeting. Second highest was the team of Guido Castagna and Marty Merriman with a score of 130.

 

Green gifts ideas

Dear EarthTalk:  I want to set a good environmental example with my gift-giving this holiday season. Any tips on how — or even better, what — to give greener?

Jane P.

Bowie, Md.

 

The  Waterpebble is a great gift for anyone trying to lead a greener lifestyle. This gadget tracks how much water you use in your shower. After programmed, it signals a yellow light at your half-shower mark and flashes red when it’s time to turn off the faucet.

Hedin and China’s 21st century Silk Road

In January 1933, Sven Hedin — a 67-year-old Swedish explorer, topographer and writer who had spent several years charting the heartland of Asia  — arrived in Beijing, a city threatened by the Japanese Army, which had recently seized Manchuria and was set on conquering China. Meanwhile, on the far side of the vast country, the government’s control of the northwestern province of Xinjiang was being contested by fighting generals. 

Compromise, wasted money, in Winsted health center settlement

After an almost eight-month court battle, the Winsted Planning and Zoning Commission approved a settlement with the Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington (CHWC) at its meeting on Nov. 27. (See story by Shaw Israel Izikson, The Lakeville Journal, Dec. 7.)

The legal saga started in March when CHWC, which is currently located in the Winsted Health Center building at 115 Spencer St., filed a special permit for the center to move to Winsted Super Saver IGA’s former space at 372 Main St.

Felony Indictment