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Socialized industry

A View from the Edge

When the government — you, the taxpayer — pays for something, even if it is developed or invented by the private sector, it is, in effect, socialized industry and invention.

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Buckle your seat belt

The Millerton News Editorial

“I’ve never had to unbuckle a dead body.”
Blunt, but direct words spoken by North East town Supervisor John Merwin about the stark reality of those who use a seat belt and those who don’t. Merwin was speaking, specifically, about a statewide traffic safety program geared to get drivers and passengers buckled up, aptly named, Buckle Up New York.

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Wilderness areas may be opened to motorized vehicles

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: I understand there is an effort underway to allow all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, motorbikes, motorboats and other motorized vehicles into wilderness areas, which would overturn a long-standing ban. What’s behind this?
Harry Schilling
Tempe, Ariz.

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Bleak numbers cast shadows over county finances

The County Account

County legislators received an update on the county’s fiscal picture in late April from budget and finance personnel. It was bleak, as was to be expected.

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Letters to the Editor - May 17, 2012

It pays to shop local
I want to publicly thank three ladies for their compassion and honesty. On a recent shopping, errand-running day, I unknowingly left my wallet at the Amenia Freshtown register counter. As I was preparing to pay for purchases at Millerton CVS, I discovered my wallet was missing. I’ve never felt such panic!

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Establishing boundaries

A View from the Edge

Borders are a funny thing, really. Long before man could read and write, boundary lines were being drawn across the terrain — a tree scar here, a petroglyph there, a cairn, a strip of hide hanging from a branch, a warrior standing guard with a spear-drawn line in the sand.

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Working women: The Rosen vs. Romney matter

Consider This

Hilary Rosen got into a tub of hot water when she knocked Ann Romney for never having worked a day in her life. Politics being what they are, the Republicans jumped all over Rosen and the Democrats for disrespecting the stay-at-home mom. But politics being what they are, what was really happening is that everyone was speaking in shortcuts, haiku, code, but not actually saying anything meaningful.

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Up in the sky! Look!

The Country Curmudgeon

I think I have figured out the cover up. For years information has been leaked about an alien spacecraft that crashed in Roswell, N.M. Finally, it has become clear. The answer came to me while listening to my CD of old radio shows from the 1940s. I am now convinced that the craft that plowed into the desert was Jor-El’s prototype space ship. He sent his infant son in this prototype model (too small for adults) just before his planet, Krypton, blew up. By now you probably have guessed that this child became Superman. Presumably he sent enough super diapers for the trip.

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Presidential politics on same-sex marriage

The Millerton News Editorial

Last Wednesday, May 9, President Barack Obama made a very important and (let’s face it) progressive statement when he confessed on national television that, “personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
Some may say he was forced to play his hand after Vice President Joseph Biden announced his support of same-sex marriage just days before.
Perhaps.
But at that level of government things rarely happen by chance. Obama is in the middle of a campaign. He knows when to say what, and how to say it.

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Fiscal Avengers

Editorial Cartoon