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Pearl Harbor Day: Reflecting on the date of infamy

If You Ask Me

“Remember Pearl Harbor.”

That was both the rallying cry and the name of a popular song played over and over on the radio in the weeks and months after the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

But after 70 years, fewer among us remember what was one of the defining moments of the past century, and with the passing of the World War II generation, only those who were children during the war will be left to “remember Pearl Harbor, as we did the Alamo.”

Dangers of censorship

The Millerton News Editorial

One of the greatest things about living in this nation, and there are many, is that we are guaranteed freedom of expression. As citizens we have the right to free speech, as stated in the First Amendment of the Constitution, quoted here directly from the Bill of Rights:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Musicians: Stop whining

The Country Curmedgeon

Grate(ing) performances; they all get around to it eventually. Singers are the worst. Now that they are rich and famous, they are going to tell us about how tough their lives are. Usually they save this for a live performance that is being recorded for an album, a double dip. Not satisfied with the money from ticket sales, an amount you and I could live off for a year, they will release this live performance as a CD, inferior acoustics and all. It took me a long time to realize that these were a rip-off.

Change at Family Court

The County Account

At the time of this writing the county budget has passed from committee and is awaiting approval by the full Legislature. An important institutional change that seems imminent is the shift in assigned counsel at Family Court to a public defender model.

All three family court judges spoke at length against a public defender model at public hearings and in letters alluding to anticipated inefficiencies in quality of representation, cost and workability.

Better ways to handle protesters

A View From The Edge

Being American means you have the right to protest and the right of free speech. It is in the Constitution. The Supreme Court has, again and again, affirmed that right, and they have also affirmed your right not to be impeded in public places while you exercise that right. Of course, there are safety and hygiene issues — and, most off all, there are issues with violence at crowded demonstrations.

Letters to the Editor - December 8

Letters to the Editor - The Millerton News

Censorship is not acceptable

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Ideas needed for environmentally sensitive gifts

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: I would like to make my holiday gifts matter this year. Where can I find ideas for green gifts?

Mary Baumgartner

via email

Duchess County Legislator considers local laws

The County Account

Even the most mild-seeming government regulation affects the people under its care. I remind myself of this frequently when weighing proposed county legislation versus the social contract theory of 17th century philosophers Hugo Grotius, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and others.

Survival Episode

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