Login

The Millerton News Editorial

Earth Day perfect time to talk about recycling

We all have something in common: We all live on this  ever-shrinking place called Earth. As global citizens, in an effort to keep the planet strong and resilient, we must do our part to protect and preserve it.

Recycle. It’s a really easy place to start. 

These days, waste management companies provide containers for recyclables. Never has separating out plastics, glass, newspaper and cardboard been easier to do at home, in the office or on the go. 

Considering the state of the county

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro is a people person. He’s got great communication skills, and he knows how to network. He also knows how to promote the county and all of its causes. That’s key, as Molinaro has recently been on a town forum tour, visiting different municipalities to talk about the 2017 state of the county.

School boards need you

Our school districts are run by our boards of education (BOE). With elected members manning these boards, they offer local control of local educational issues. 

For one, school boards budget and have taxing authority. They plan with education first and foremost in their sights. As the National School Board Association put it, “education is not a line item in your school board’s budget — it is the only item.”

Schools focus on more than just classroom lessons

School activities are so important in a child’s development. From pre-k through senior year, students rely on what their school districts offer to learn, grow and develop. Thankfully, our districts here in the Harlem Valley do their best to make sure that children have a fulfilling academic experience, with a focus on providing many extracurricular opportunities.

Still chasing gender equality

Never has celebrating Women’s History Month seemed more appropriate than it does right now, mid-March, with all that’s going on locally and across the nation.

Firstly, we’re pleased to point out, the Millerton village elections boasted a full and exclusive slate of female candidates — the first time anyone can remember that being the case.

Millerton, it’s time to vote

Elections are just around the corner in the village of Millerton. Polls are open from noon till 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at the Village Nutrition Center adjacent to Village Hall.

It’s an important day in the lives of all Millerton residents. Up for election are two village trustee seats, with three candidates running (though four were nominated in the Republican and Democratic caucuses) and the mayoral seat, with one candidate running who was cross-endorsed by both parties.

Transparency is critical for good government

There’s something to be said for governments that value transparency. Letting the people know exactly what they’re doing, why they’re doing what they’re doing and how they’re going about doing what they’re doing, is important. After all, it’s taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars that pay for practically everything the government does.

Thinking outside the box in search of peace

Finding ways to peacefully resolve conflict is the mark of an evolved society. With the political climate such as it is, that can sometimes be difficult to remember. Certainly a glance at our nation’s leaders does little to set the example.

But there must be, today more than ever, a way for human beings to relate to one another honestly and express themselves appropriately. Forget the divisive rhetoric. Forget the name calling. Forget the hate speech. Forget the nonsense, for one, spewing from the president and all the president’s men on a daily basis.

Community effort nourishes the soul

This Saturday, Feb. 25, will mark the end of an era. The Grand Union supermarket, technically a GU Market, will shut its doors for the last time.

There have been plenty of critics of the Grand Union during its time. The store was at times called shabby, but it nonetheless served a very important purpose — feeding village residents — many of whom couldn’t drive elsewhere for their groceries.

Malloy’s budget proposal gets education funding all wrong

It continues to be troubling to see how, when faced with deficits and budgetary problems, the state either makes or proposes to make cutbacks in educational funding to towns.
Back in late December, the state announced cutbacks in state aid to municipalities through its Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) program.
On Feb. 8, in his proposed biennial budget for the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) included various cuts in ECS funding for towns in the Northwest Corner.

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.