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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Why and wherefore on voting

The vote across the United States in November will be a watershed moment beyond the normal. 

• It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is, if you have one.

• It doesn’t matter if you like or dislike incumbent candidates.

• It doesn’t matter if you are old or young.

• It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor.

Top candidate picks for 2018

It’s always tough to endorse candidates come Election Day. Most of those running for office have both positive and negative attributes. After all, no one is perfect. But some appear more prepared, more qualified, than others. Those are the candidates we’d like to present to you, in our candidate endorsements for 2018. Note that The Millerton News endorses only county, state and national candidates.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 10-25-18

Faso’s smear machine running at full steam

Diversity and respect

It’s hard to believe that 20 years have passed since the murder of Matthew Shepard. For those who don’t remember, or who weren’t around, Matthew Shepard was a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who just happened to be gay. Because of that, though, he was robbed, tied up and then struck in the head 18 times with a .357-caliber Magnum handgun before being left for dead tied to a barren fencepost in Laramie, Wyo., on Oct. 6, 1998.

Perhaps, the most important news this decade

Tim Berners-Lee has been thinking. And from a man who conceived the world-wide-web that has changed every corner of the planet, when Tim is thinking, everyone needs to pay attention. What he wants to do (and trust me, some of this is so esoteric, it is beyond most of our understanding) is take back the Web.

A nice country for well-heeled white men

For a little over a week, the hearings, the stunted FBI investigation, and the final Senate vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court blotted out my upset from Trump’s Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy, and the story of the traumatized four-year old who remains separated from his mother, or the immigrant teenagers lined up like prisoners in a vast tent city in West Texas. Instead I was consumed by the appalling machinations aimed at confirming a white male judge with a record of conservative rulings and an apparent history of drinking and sexual aggressiveness. 

Still nothing like being in the newspaper

With the Red Sox comfortably ahead—10-1 or so—in the second game of that extremely satisfying series with the Yankees, I turned to the Turner Classic Movies channel during a commercial break at just the right time.

Beer

Making a case for local police

We all know the importance of keeping law and order. But do we all recognize how hard it would be to do that without our police agencies — especially our local police?

Some communities in the Harlem Valley don’t have their own dedicated police departments. Think Amenia, for instance, which instead relies on either the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) or the New York State Police (NYSP). Both good options, there’s a sheriff’s sub-station on Route 22 in Amenia and an outpost of the NYSP Troop K Barracks, also on Route 22, in Dover Plains.