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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Some federal subsidies make sense, help our economy

A View From the Edge

As spring approaches, you can be sure the clarion call will be from inside Washington to stop subsidies to those undeserving (or not on a lobbyist’s call sheet) and to increase subsidies for industries needing to hire more people (or on that call sheet). From outside Washington the call will be to stop all handouts (which is what the public thinks subsidies are). And from overseas the call will be to stop subsidies as they are unfair competition.

How can we reduce heavy water use in our bathrooms?

EarthTalk
earthtalk@emagazine.com

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that the bathroom is where over half of our household water usage takes place? What are some ways to take a bite out of that?

Shelby McIntyre

Chico, Calif.

Yes indeed, some 60 percent of our household indoor water usage happens in the bathroom. As such, updating old leaky fixtures and changing a few basic habits could go a long way to not only saving fresh water, an increasingly precious resource, but also money.

Costs and fairness of child support and jail costs considered in Dutchess County

The County Account
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Separately in recent weeks, Dutchess County has been considering the gigantic cost to house inmates at the county jail and the increasing costs of indigent counsel at Family Court including the approved proposal to utilize public defenders in family court matters.

More really bad storms would still knock us out

The Chris Powell Column

Some good recommendations have come out of the work of the commission appointed by Gov. Malloy to study the long and excruciating electric power outages after the tropical storm in August and the freak snowstorm in October. The governor has followed up with his own recommendations.

Political Center

Editorial Cartoon

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Martin Luther King’s dream worth dreaming

The Millerton News Editorial

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
It’s a question worth asking, for the idea of helping others is so much a part of what life is all about. And there’s no better time to ponder the question than now, while we’re celebrating the beloved civil rights leader. Monday, Jan. 16, was Martin Luther King Jr. Day — a federal holiday to celebrate his birthday that provides the ideal opportunity for us to look at ourselves and our world.

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Loosey-goosey

The Country Curmudgeon

It is January and the geese keep on going over. I thought they all went south for the winter. Are these the ones from north of us that think we are the balmy climate? I know that my brother, who lives in Alaska, thinks so. He came for a visit in January a few years ago, and while I was in my down coat and fur hat he was walking around in just a T-shirt. Eventually I convinced him to put on some pants. The point is that it is all relative. Maybe those geese are visiting their brothers?

Sex, drugs, slavery: We shoulder responsibility, but others started vile traditions

A View From the Edge

American practices of slavery continued beyond what could be seen as an historical commonplace (as onerous as that may be). It took a Civil War to outlaw slavery here — a war that caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of our best men and women. And certainly our practices of institutionalized racial inequality were then permitted to continue well into what was called an age of enlightenment (we stood on the moon before we outlawed racial discrimination).

Letters to the Editor January 19, 2012

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Folks were so supportive
We want to sincerely thank the many people who showed their support for our family during our recent loss.
The food, cards, flowers, visits, hugs and other expressions of sympathy meant so much to all of us. It is a real comfort to know we have such a network of friends helping us through our grief by sharing our sorrow.
Steven and Walt Killmer  
Hillsdale
Freda Harpp  

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Do some mouthwashes contain formaldehyde?

EarthTalk
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Dear EarthTalk: Are there healthy, green-friendly mouthwashes? I’ve heard that some contain formaldehyde and other nasty substances.

Marina Sandberg

Albany, N.Y.