The Millerton News Editorial

Students reap the rewards of all things ag

The Harlem Valley has a rich agricultural history, still evident in ways large and small throughout the community. Though there are not nearly as many farms today as there once were, people in this region work hard to keep hold of their agricultural roots — an important part of making sure that our youth don’t lose touch with the role of the American farm in our everyday lives.

Silent protest spoke volumes

The protest. It’s a right so inherent to a free society that we often take it for granted. But we know of its power.

That’s why the planned walkout that students throughout the country participated in on Wednesday, March 14, was so important.

With Election Day, hope springs eternal

It may be mid-March, but in the village of Millerton, it’s just about Election Day. Unlike the town of North East in which the village sits,  Millerton is on a different election and budget cycle. That means spring elections, falling this year on Tuesday, March 20.

A joint vision of the future

It was a long meeting, and a lot was discussed. But the joint meeting of the North East and Millerton boards and staff on Thursday, March 1, regarding the comprehensive plan update was incredibly productive.

There were seven members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Update Committee present, along with planning consultants and many, many members of town and village planning and zoning boards. The collective energy was focused — the amount of information discussed, intense.

Led by planning consultant Nan Stolzenburg, the meeting lasted for two hours. 

Carvel developers return to Pine Plains

It’s been years in the making: the creation and execution of the Carvel Property Development at the hands of real estate tycoon Douglas Durst and his Durst Organization.

Proposed in its original incarnation in June 2003 as a massive housing development with country club amenities, more recent plans for the development have morphed into something else, something slightly more manageable for the small, rural communities of Pine Plains and Milan. Now, years later, developers are planning for 645 units: 591 located in Pine Plains and 54 units in Milan. 

One more shooting spree …

Columbine, 1999 (12 dead, 20 wounded). 

Santana High School, Santee, Calif., 2001 (two dead, 13 wounded). 

Red Indian Lake Reservation, 2005 (nine dead, several wounded). 

Nickel Mines, Pa., one-room Amish schoolhouse, 2006 (five dead). 

Virginia Tech, 2007 (32 dead). 

Oakland’s Oikos University, 2012 (seven dead, three wounded). 

Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary, 2012 (26 dead). 

Roseburg’s Umpqua Community College, 2015 (nine dead). 

Do we all love a parade?

Our president, known for being a Hollywood showman, once again proved his predilection for the flamboyant when he suggested the country host a military parade in Washington. Preliminaries are underway, though no date has been set or details offered.

Public service pays, sort of

We all know that it takes a certain something to run for, or serve in, public office. Frequently criticized, often taken for granted and seldom fully compensated for their work, public officials don’t always have an easy go of it.

Walking through winter, with a little support

This Friday, Feb. 2, is Groundhog Day. Now that might not sound especially exciting to some, but for others hoping winter is on its way out, it holds promise. 

Each year, on Feb. 2, we wait and watch as Punxsutawney Phil descends on Punxsutawney, Pa., to look for his shadow. The custom began when German-speaking immigrants moved to Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries. According to local lore, if he sees it, it means we can expect six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, warmer temperatures and the arrival of spring aren’t far behind.

Where does religion fall in the health care debate?

Religious freedom is not to be taken for granted, but neither can it be used to discriminate.

That’s why we’re so concerned about President Donald Trump’s decision to institute a new Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The division was designed to protect those in the health care industry who refuse care, like abortions, to patients because of their moral or religious beliefs.