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The American war debt

A View From the Edge

Income tax in America was first tried during the Revolutionary period and then again after the Civil War broke out — well, they had to pay the troops somehow. That taxation did not last long and was quickly repealed.

Congress was mostly an exclusive club for wealthy landowners, and you don’t have to wonder why Congress gentlemen of the time repealed income tax so quickly.

Letters to the Editor August 18

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

About the school garden...
I want to clear up a few errors in the Aug. 11 Millerton News article entitled, “Garden Project Receives Structure,” about the garden at Webutuck School.
The garden has been one of many successful partnerships between the North East Community Center (NECC) and the school, used by teachers for classroom work and maintained by students after school and through the summer as part of NECC enrichment programs.

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Scholarship recipients came to a Lions Club meeting

Lions Tales

The Millerton Lions Club members gathered on Wednesday, July 27, at Post 178 in Millerton — our meeting spot. We had a good turnout and enjoyed good food and good times with both old friends and new.

Joining us for the evening were Justin Katan and his mother, Cheryl, as well as Jeremy Herz and his father, Matthew. These young men are two of our three scholarship recipients from the 2011 graduating class of Webutuck High School.

Letters to the Editor August 12

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Worthwhile trip to D.C.  to visit with service people
American Legion Post 178 would like to thank all who participated in Operation Thank You Wounded Warrior II.
A special thanks goes to Patty “O,” Linda Hogan, Bob Boyles, Russell Boyles and Legionnaire Larry Sands, who cooked in temperatures pushing 115 degrees in front of the grills for three hours.

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Libraries have lots to offer in the summer

The Millerton News Editorial

When most of us think of summer, we imagine ourselves splashing in the water while the sun beats down or lying on the sand with a cool drink in our hands, perhaps watching children play while building castles in the sand. Few of us contemplate bringing our families to the local library to spend time inside dark, shelf-lined repositories searching for how-to books or ancient encyclopedias, while friends and neighbors are busy enjoying the great outdoors.

Letters to the Editor August 11

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Worthwhile trip to D.C. to visit with service people
      American Legion Post 178 would like to thank all who participated in Operation Thank You Wounded Warrior II.
      A special thanks goes to Patty “O,” Linda Hogan, Bob Boyles, Russell Boyles and Legionnaire Larry Sands, who cooked in temperatures pushing 115 degrees in front of the grills for three hours.

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Litterpigs, beware!

The Country Curmudgeon

I prefer the term litterpigs to litterbugs. Litterbug sounds harmless, almost cute. Litterpig creates a different image.

As you drive down the road you will see an amazing assortment of bags, cans, bottles and general trash that litterpigs have left for you and me to enjoy. A fairly common sight is the big MacDonald’s bag stuffed with discarded wrappings.

Beer cans is another one. Not soda cans, mind you, but beer cans. This indicates that the perpetrator is old enough to know better. He just doesn’t care.

A social Darwinist evolves

The Long View

The zealous federal budget-cutters intent on slashing social programs are the latest social Darwinists, those who believe in economic and social survival of the fittest and think that toughness is the only route to a healthier society. Social Darwinists shout that if you can’t make it on your own, you should please die or get out of the way of those who can.

Excessive reactions on rape and child abuse?

A View From the Edge

Father Ciro Benedettini, the Vatican press office vice director (and remember anything coming from that office is carefully vetted beforehand) issued a press statement recently about the friction between Ireland and the Vatican over the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests for decades.

His written press statement concluded with these words:  “…some degree of surprise and disappointment at certain excessive reactions.”