The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

School boards need you

Our school districts are run by our boards of education (BOE). With elected members manning these boards, they offer local control of local educational issues. 

For one, school boards budget and have taxing authority. They plan with education first and foremost in their sights. As the National School Board Association put it, “education is not a line item in your school board’s budget — it is the only item.”

A death toll impossible to overlook

Sometimes it takes a number to shock us into reality. 

For decades we’ve read about El Chapo, the Mexican drug lord, and his nefarious dealings. We’ve seen solid movies like “Sicario” (brilliant), “No Country for Old Men” (brilliant), “Maria Full of Grace” (a look at personal corruption), and “Traffic” (a good conversation starter). And then sometimes we get silly movies like “The Last Stand” or “Once Upon A Time in Mexico.” 

The new look of high-technology composting

Dear EarthTalk: I’d like to get into turning my food waste into compost for my garden, but I don’t want a stinky pile of table scraps lingering in a pail in my kitchen or backyard. Are there any new, high-tech ways to expedite the process?

Billy A.

San Francisco, Calif.


Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 4-6-17

Thanks to the Millerton rescue and all

We want to thank everyone at Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Squad for your fast and very helpful response on Tuesday, March 14, at the very worst part of the snowstorm. Thanks so much for being there when we needed you.

Special thanks to Larry Selfridge and Krista Ellis from nearby Millerton Rescue, who when passing by quickly plowed our driveway and gave medical attention to Bill until Salisbury arrived.

Pants on Fire

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 3-30-17

Firearm safety, responsibility should be first and foremost

I recall a recent complaint on March 2 published in The Millerton News regarding an objection to safety instructors teaching youngsters about firearms.

I will offer my opinion and my own respectful reply. It’s not my intention to impose this opinion on anyone.

Are cities good for the environment?

Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t the increasing urbanization of our world good for reducing our carbon footprint given the efficiency benefits of greater density?
Simon Vorhees
Oak Park, Ill.
No doubt, the increased density of big cities leads to less energy use and fewer greenhouse gas emissions per capita. 

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Judging by the aftermath

The difficulty we are all facing is, as usual, that no one is sure how things will end up. And because no one can be sure how matters will conclude, often we, as timid humans, decide to wait and see — delaying the decision to do anything until matters become inevitable and we are force to respond.

Vietnam? Only when those images streamed on the evening news did the public come to understand the cost in human tragedy — ours and the Vietnamese. Only then did people begin to judge and vehemently oppose the war. That was too late for thousands. 

Schools focus on more than just classroom lessons

School activities are so important in a child’s development. From pre-k through senior year, students rely on what their school districts offer to learn, grow and develop. Thankfully, our districts here in the Harlem Valley do their best to make sure that children have a fulfilling academic experience, with a focus on providing many extracurricular opportunities.

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