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The Millerton News Editorial

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.

The value of voting

Let’s keep this short and sweet. It’s the beginning of November. Elections are only days away.

It’s our duty as American citizens to get to the polls and elect those we believe are best suited to govern. Whether we are electing local leaders or the next president, the responsibility is ours to bear. 

Running for office in an oft-times thankless world isn’t easy. Those who do should be lauded, but more importantly, they should be given the respect of our vote. 

Should we legislate ethics?

We all have that little voice inside our heads that lets us know when we’re doing right or wrong. An internal mechanism, it’s an edit function to help govern how we behave.

Why then, one might ask, do towns and villages find the need to have codes of conduct, or ethics committees? That’s a question that came recently in the wake of a Millerton scandal that saw a Planning Board member and the deputy mayor responsible for a profane message scribbled on the dusty window of a local Realtor’s office door. 

North East Highway Garage purchase: Town Board was driven

Last week, the North East Town Board made an exciting announcement: land had finally been found — and bought — for a new highway garage facility.

It was a great deal. Purchased through back taxes, the town paid only $6,687.12 for a 3.7-acre wooded lot, north of the main light in the village of Millerton on Route 22, next to Charlie’s Repair Shop. The deal still has to be approved  by the Dutchess County Legislature.

Something needs to be done: Guns and mental illness in the United States

The tragedy in Las Vegas seems almost unfathomable. How, exactly, is our country supposed to recover from such senseless violence? When 58 people are shot and killed while attending a country music concert, it understandably shatters our peace of mind.

But that’s exactly what happened at the hands of 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a millionaire gambler and real estate investor who shot hundreds among a crowd of roughly 22,000 from his hotel window at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Vegas strip. 

The right to dissent …

There are many things one would hope their president would be concerned about in today’s world: mass shootings, natural disasters, health care, tax reform. And, yes, race relations in the United States. But the way President Donald Trump has responded to the ongoing debate regarding NFL players taking a knee is both disappointing and disconcerting.