The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 10-19-17

About the Con Con

In the upcoming election Nov. 7, there are three referendum matters on every New York State ballot. Let me draw your attention to one.

It’s listed as the Constitutional Convention, shortened in conversation to “Con Con.” Not the U.S. Constitution: You can’t vote on that, except with your feet. This is our state constitution, enacted in 1894.

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.

The Domino Theory applied to airliner trade

‘We won’t do business with a company that is trying to sue us,” said Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister, threatening to cancel orders for all Boeing F/A-18 fighters. 

Why? Because Boeing has asked this U.S. administration — which has agreed — to levy a 220 percent import tax on 75 Canadian Bombardier airliners that Delta has ordered. 


Rocket Boy

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 The Quarryland Realty application 

In 2010, a Village Water Committee was formed in response to a perceived need to protect the village water supply and to examine how to accomplish this into the future. It initially consisted of Deputy Mayor Stan Morse, Dr. William Augerson, Frank Genova, Steve Lynch, Dr. Emma Rosi-Marshall, Scott Osborne, Howard Schuman, Scott Tumblety, and later joined by Trustee Mike Herzog. Throughout, consultants were brought in as needed.

The same old dance

What is the news? According to Bill Paley, the founder of CBS, you need a balance in broadcasting: one side as entertainment, like Frank Sinatra, and the other as news, like Edward R. Murrow. 

Fred Friendly, the ex-head of CBS News, once said, “Television makes so much [money] at its worst that it can’t afford to do its best.” That’s certainly proving to be the case these past weeks.

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. 

Gun Control

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 10-5-17

Bikers need to use caution

This is in answer to Diane Walters piece in your paper about the Harlem Valley Rail Ride. 

Last year in Amenia I was entering Sheffield Road and knew the Rail Trail crosses there. I know there are stop signs for the biker crossing the highway, but not trusting in signs, I was going very slowly. Sure enough, a woman on a bike never stopped at the sign. I think she had speakers in her ears and she was listening to music.