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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

A gun control conversation has begun. Now what?

There is no question that America is embroiled in a battle right now, between the left and the right. There are those who support the president and his agenda and those who don’t. One of the most heated debates in our nation’s capital centers around gun control, especially in the wake of recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

In total, 31 people were killed during the weekend of Aug. 3 and 4. Many of the victims were black and brown, many Hispanic living and working near the Mexican border. 

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-15-19

Supermarket prospects will need wide support

As a lifelong resident of the area, I find it distressing to witness the changes in our community. Many reasons exist for the empty store syndrome that has befallen numerous parts of our country. Between the internet and Big Box store mania, Mom and Pop stores have nearly disappeared, our village being no exception.

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A Wish Granted

It’s impossible not to realize that many things need to be done in our towns and villages in order for us citizens to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. There are needs, and our town leaders do their best to meet those needs. Just think of the road work, sidewalk repairs, winter maintenance, water supplies, wastewater solutions, recreation programs, affordable housing, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and everything else that needs to be addressed in our hometowns. Now, think of where the money comes from to pay for that work. 

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-8-19

Appreciated the coverage

This is long overdue!

Thank you, editor Whitney Joseph, for your editorial, “Making the most of our natural assets,” and reporter Kaitlin Lyle’s  article on the Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce presentation, “Tourism talk accentuates growing opportunities,” in the May 30 issue of The Millerton News.

Rising world tensions; relief is needed

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, is hardly ever heard from. He’s a bureaucrat and quite a calm individual. That’s why it was somewhat of a surprise, mid-summer, to have him issue a global threat warning. For months he has been gathering data and input from offices of the U.N. in almost every country. 

Survey says…

Ask a question, get an answer. Sounds simple enough, but sometimes drawing much-wanted information from people both familiar and strange can be harder than it would seem.

Case in point, the recent 2019 Pine Plains Comprehensive Plan Survey. Out of the roughly 2,500 people living in Pine Plains (according to the 2017 U.S. census), 229 responded — that’s about 9.15%. That tiny fraction reflects only a small pool of people willing to share their thoughts and feelings about what makes Pine Plains great, and what could make it better.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-1-19

Changes in place for voting

This year the New York Legislature made a series of changes to the state’s antiquated voting system. Consistently low voter turnout in the state, as well as dramatic failures at New York City polling places in 2018, prompted Albany to make registering and voting easier for New Yorkers.

Lockheed’s Skunk Works at it again

Most Americans may not know what the Skunk Works are. A division of Lockheed set up after World War II, headed by the genius Kelly Johnson, the Skunk Works was named after the comic strip, “Li’l Abner,” in which there was a running joke about a mysterious and malodorous place deep in the forest called the “Skonk Works.”