Login

The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Save money, make psych center a jail

The County Account

Dutchess County is presently housing out about 182 inmates per day to correctional facilities in other counties because the Dutchess County Jail lacks capacity to serve our public safety needs. In July the Dutchess County sheriff will request the Legislature approve $1.6 million, in addition to the $2.6 million included in the 2011 county budget, to cover housing-out costs.

Also in July, the Legislature will consider a second request from the sheriff for an additional $1 million for overtime expenses associated with assisting inmates “with medical and mental issues.”

Letters to the Editor July 7

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Thanks for the news coverage

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

Why do chemicals in our air and water have to be unsafe?

EarthTalk
earthtalk@emagazine.com

Dear EarthTalk: So many chemicals in everyday products are harmful to our health and the environment. Why aren’t we developing safer alternatives?

Donna Langston

Asheville, N.C.

Sunscreens have several health issues of their own

EarthTalk
earthtalk@emagazine.com

Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t spray sunscreen a health and environmental nightmare when it seems that more of the sunscreen ends up going up my nose than on the kid at the beach next to me?

Lillian Robertson

Methuen, Mass.

Spray cans of sunscreen may no longer contain chlorofluorocarbons (also known as CFCs, which were phased out in the 1990s for causing holes in the stratospheric ozone layer), but many contain other chemicals that are not good for our health or the environment.

Same-sex Marriage bill is something to celebrate

The Millerton News Editorial

Well done, New York. In what was a monumental moment for the Empire State, gay marriage was finally approved by the Senate and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday, June 24 — legalizing what truly should always have been recognized as a fundamental right between two consenting adults.

Family

Editorial Cartoon

Letters to the Editor June 30

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

School break, school thoughts

Full text available to premium subscribers only. Log in or Create an account.

Once you've created an account, you will be given a free 30-day subscription to the site where you can view all content unrestricted. After 30 days, you can extend your account by purchasing a subscription.

If you are already a print subscriber, click here to give us your contact information, and we will confirm your active subscription and give you a password to access the website.

Impossible cooking

The Country Curmudgeon

There are certain foods that defy me. They are usually the ones that require preparation. Raisin bread always burns in the toaster. I don’t care how many times you fiddle with the setting, it is going to burn.

I like my eggs over-easy. In this case I am just begging for trouble. This type of egg only comes out right about half the time. My dog has benefited from this to the tune of several pounds.

Bonding a legislative issue before summer

The County Account
KelseyESQ@yahoo.com

Summer begins for those of us in the Dutchess County Legislature with multiple proposals to consider bonding money to finance infrastructure and capital improvements on county property. Certainly the county has responsibilities to take care of its assets, replace those that outlive their usefulness, maintain safety and make prudent decisions to keep county government functioning.

Cyberwarfare: Tomorrow’s warriors?

A View From the Edge

Schools are wrong, according to Lynn Dugle, president of Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems.

“We are looking for talent in all the wrong places. And the organizations, agencies and companies that most need this type of talent will be the least likely to attract it.” Aerospace and defense are “over-reliant on historical learning methods and processes,” she went on to explain. She has “a real prejudice toward people who work 9 to 5, are willing to contain their personal time off to three weeks, and to charge their time in six-minute intervals.”