The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Pet trusts are the way to go

If you have been avoiding a visit to an estate planning lawyer, despite the pleading of your spouse, your kids or grandkids, consider this: your pet’s future well-being could be in jeopardy without a legal safeguard.

New legislation is surfacing in a number of states that recognizes our concern for our pets. Even though we consider our pets part of the household, remember that legally your pet is not considered a human. Instead, they are considered tangible property and, generally speaking, tangible property cannot be named as a beneficiary of a trust.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 3-16-17

Thanks from the cats

We love all our supporters and would like to take a moment to thank you for your help in 2016. 

We are happy to report that 75 cats were altered in the towns of Ancram, Ancramdale and the surrounding communities of Copake, Millerton, Pine Plains, Stanfordville, Hillsdale, Amenia, Livingston, Philmont, Claverack and Lakeville, Conn. 

Millerton, it’s time to vote

Elections are just around the corner in the village of Millerton. Polls are open from noon till 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at the Village Nutrition Center adjacent to Village Hall.

It’s an important day in the lives of all Millerton residents. Up for election are two village trustee seats, with three candidates running (though four were nominated in the Republican and Democratic caucuses) and the mayoral seat, with one candidate running who was cross-endorsed by both parties.

"Pay no attention..."

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 3-9-17

4-H gun program has positive benefits

Since 1902, the focus of 4-H Shooting Sports (and all 4-H programs) has been the development of youth, as individuals, into responsible and productive citizens. 

The 4-H Shooting Sports Program provides a positive experience for youth through the support of caring adult leaders and promotes the safe and ethical use of firearms. It develops life skills, self-worth, self-confidence, discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem, sportsmanship and conservation ethics. 

Bullies, stalkers: the internet quandry

Most of us could call ourselves digital converts. We socialize online, we shop online, we tweet, post, email, search and generally rely on our online connections. It is who we are these days. Streaming music? Downloading movies? Clicking on shows on YouTube? Every hour, every second you do these activities each day identifies you as a digital convert or, perhaps, addict.

On the other hand, some of us have been trolled or bullied, have accidentally opened an infected email attachment, or had our account hacked and become internet exiles, if only for a while.

Transparency is critical for good government

There’s something to be said for governments that value transparency. Letting the people know exactly what they’re doing, why they’re doing what they’re doing and how they’re going about doing what they’re doing, is important. After all, it’s taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars that pay for practically everything the government does.

Life after Trump

Amid all the reports of chaos, the endless Twitter storms and the unseemly merchandise branding, President Donald Trump insists his administration is running like a “fine-tuned machine” after its first few weeks.

Right. And I claim to be a combination of James Bond and Boo Radley (suave yet sensitive), but nobody buys that either.

It can’t happen here — if we don’t let it

Growing up in Detroit in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I knew about things like segregation, Jim Crow and the Holocaust.  I read books about them — they were part of history, the olden days. 

I went to Hebrew school three times a week, and none of my non-Jewish friends seemed to think that was weird or different — everyone was different in their own way.