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Letters to the Editor May 19

The tax reval mess

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Gas price petition shifts into high gear

The Millerton News Editorial

The Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce in its plan to stop ever-rising gas prices — which have put the business community at its mercy. It has taken the positive step of piggy-backing onto an online petition the county chamber created, to be sent to federal and state lawmakers, calling on them to put an end to the high prices at the pumps.

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More flooding

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Take that, you bully!

The Country Curmudgeon

Humans love to posture. A favorite pastime is the physical confrontation in which participants close their personal distance to inches, down from the 3-foot zone customary in Western Civilization. Occasionally you get a “close talker,” but mostly people respect that personal zone until they get belligerent.
If you are not expecting the advance, it can be quite disconcerting, resulting in an involuntary step back as you attempt to re-establish your distance. This is what the other guy wants, for it is a sign that he is dominating.

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Now is a good time to bet on the American dollar

A View From the Edge

One of the problems with spouting good-sounding but dead-wrong policy changes is that it is so hard for the egos to admit they might have it even possibly, maybe a little, just a teensy bit, wrong.
You see, all this economic disaster has happened before — in fact worse — to many of the world’s largest economies. In the 1980s Japan suffered an economic bank meltdown that made our savings and loan disaster look like a kiddies’ party.

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Lions recruit fire company, legionnaires and police for June carnival

Lions Tales

The Millerton Lions’ second dinner meeting of the year was held Wednesday, April 27, at American Legion Post 178. Good food (of course), new faces we hope to see again next month and good topics of conversation.
It is now official that the Millerton Fire Company, the American Legion and the Millerton Police Department are all on board to join us again this year for our carnival, to be held from Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5, at Eddie Collins Field on Route 22 in Millerton.

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Mental health services endangered

The County Account

This week’s announcement of the state’s closure of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center (HRPC) and accompanying community residences is a step in the wrong direction. At a time when Dutchess County is already facing a record number of housing-out of mental health patients to other counties (87 in March), we will now be doubling this number due to HRPC’s October closure.

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Dolls and Sarah

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The beauty of cleanliness

The Millerton News Editorial

Cleaning trash from the sides of the roadway may not sound like much fun to some, but to Amenia Councilwoman Vicki Doyle there are few better ways to spend the weekend. It’s not because she enjoys picking up litter, but because she relishes the end result — a cleaner, brighter, more eco-friendly town.

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What’s the mutter?

The Country Curmudgeon

In the Bill Murray movie, “What About Bob?” Murray states that there are two kinds of people: those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don’t like Neil Diamond. And so it is with dogs.
Here comes the neighbor with a new puppy. He is all over me, muddy paws and sloppy wet kisses. I meant the puppy. He is actually just licking me. Something about the salt on your skin. It also helps if you have just eaten a McRib sandwich.

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