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Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-22-17

Many supported Spring for Sound

On behalf of Spring for Sound and North East Community Center (NECC), we want to recognize all who supported the seventh annual Spring for Sound music festival. We set out to throw a party for our town, and well over 1,200 people came to listen to 50 great bands, dance and enjoy Millerton — the biggest festival yet, and the most joyful and fun.

Shooting highlights the worst in politics

If the shooting last week in Alexandria, Va., at the practice session of a Republican Congressional baseball team showed us anything, it’s that people have reached their boiling point. 

Sadly, people don’t know how to control themselves and they don’t know how to find civilized solutions to their problems. This statement applies as much to the politicians who inspired such hate as the gunman who pulled the trigger. Understand, however, that reality in no way justifies violence.

The Ringling Brothers Circus has retired

The last Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus performamnce was last month. “The circus goes back thousands of years” to ancient Roman times, according to the World Book Encyclopedia, (1970).   

In modern times, it developed in the 1700s in England and “soon spread to America.” By the late 1800s, about 10 circuses claimed to tour this country, with each boasting “it was the biggest or the best.”  

Cocktail Ticket?

Special Thanks

‘Goodnight Moon’

I have always wondered if there are other parents like me who, after reading a bedtime story to their children, and after kissing them goodnight, look around the room to make sure no one is watching and then reread the same story, this time for their own personal pleasure and fulfillment. 

Yes, allow me to confess that there were many children’s books that I adored and read on my own time, perhaps because they touched that inner child in me that longed for mystery, innocence and pure fantasy. 

On demonization and a baseball game

Following the targeted shooting of Republican baseball players practicing last week in Virginia for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, there have been more bipartisan statements, from both sides of the aisle, than the American public has heard in perhaps years. That is fitting, in that the charity game itself, started in 1909 and played by members of Congress and their friends almost every year since, is an occasion of bipartisan congeniality, and competition, every summer. 

Thanks, ‘NASCAR’ Dave

Thanks, ‘NASCAR’ Dave

There are many wonderful residents living in the Tri-state region, but few have made as big a difference as “NASCAR” Dave MacMillan. MacMillan has run the Sunday in the Country Food Drive (SITCFD) for the past 25 years with great success — feeding thousands who would otherwise have gone without during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-15-17

Pages of fun

The FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library hold an annual book sale for two days over Memorial Day weekend. It’s quite labor intensive; we spend weeks before-hand collecting and sorting books in the basement then spend the week prior to the sale bringing them up to the Community Room and setting up. We are very grateful to the town for the use of the Community Room as it took us working every morning for five days prior to the sale, plus some extra time in the afternoons, to get ready. 

The telecommunications battleground

More than 30 years ago a judge, Harold Greene, made a landmark decision called the Modified Final Judgement, which basically said AT&T was too big to control (anti-trust applied to the 1949 Telecommunications Act) and needed to be broken up. AT&T could only, thereafter, be a long distance company and all the regional Bell Systems had to be independent. 

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