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The Millerton News Editorial

Troubling comments, troubling times­

When will we cease to be shocked by President Donald Trump? It seems with each passing day, he does something else to rankle us, to stun us, to disappoint us.

Last Thursday, Jan. 11, was no exception. The president reportedly made vulgar, disparaging remarks about (and please pardon our language) “shithole” countries in Africa, and asked why the U.S. would welcome immigrants from there and places like Haiti and El Salvador. 

Volunteer this new year

The new year has just begun — the ideal time to make resolutions or undertake new responsibilities. Why not, then, consider volunteering? There are so many worthy causes that could use the support, many right in our own backyard.

First and foremost, our local fire departments need volunteers. Around here, most are completely dependent on help from those residents who care enough to serve and protect, regardless of whether they’re helping neighbors or strangers. Brave and selfless, our fire department volunteers save lives. 

A look back, a look ahead

We have just entered 2018, and are about to embark on the unknown. Our families, our jobs, our communities, our health and our politics will all take the journey along with us — their fate as of yet undecided. Hopefully, there will be a lot of positivity for most.

Healthy waterways make for healthy citizens

The health of our waterways is vital to this region, which has the Ten Mile River watershed running through it. Thankfully, last month, the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) announced that the Ten Mile River Collaborative received a $64,000 Long Island Sound Futures Fund Grant to develop a watershed management plan.

Valid questions about concealed weapons crossing state lines

Gun safety is a real concern in this nation, where mass shootings happen with appalling regularity and gun violence erupts in big cities — and in small-town America — every day.

Most would agree that something needs to be done to curb the violence. But what? Certainly the Republican bill to allow concealed weapons to be carried across state lines isn’t helping the situation.

A single vote mattered

If ever there was a lesson in how government works in the real world, it’s this: One vote can make a difference. Prime example? Election results for the town supervisor’s race in Pine Plains look like they have changed since Election Day.

The change is due to the counting of affidavit and absentee ballots, which occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving.

When drivers put students at riskm

We all know the basics: look both ways before crossing, slow down when approaching oncoming traffic and come to a halt when you see a stopped school bus. Sounds simple enough. But surprisingly, there are those drivers who either don’t know or simply don’t care about safe driving laws — putting everyone in harm’s way and endangering the youngest in our community.

We must be thankful

Each year, the pace of the seasons seems to quicken and the time between the holidays shorten.

So, with Thanksgiving upon us, it’s appropriate to take a moment to think about that for which we are most grateful. In today’s world, where violence seems to erupt daily and where political scandal breaks nightly, it’s important to consider what is going right in our world. 

Certainly, this year, there was much tragedy and chaos. Terrorist attacks, mass shootings, natural disasters — they all led the headlines from week to week.

A disturbing trend

21st century water mapping in the pipeline

The village of Millerton is well on its way to having a completed map of its water system. This might not sound like a big deal, but it is.

That’s because once the entire water district is documented, the water operator and working supervisor can more easily pinpoint trouble spots: leaks, breaks, ruptures, etc.