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Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 1-5-17

Marguerite Hill is an institution

Lizett Pajuelo’s December profile of Marguerite Hill offered a glimpse of Marguerite’s career as she retires as director of the Pine Plains Free Library. 

Marguerite has been at the center of our town for over 40 years. She has initiated, supported and completed countless library projects; she has welcomed and assisted us and many library boards. And she remains unfailingly friendly and upbeat after all this time. 

Anticipating a new year

It’s been a rough year, as evidenced by countless terrorist attacks, police shootings, protests and riots, the Zika virus, earthquakes and fires and, of course, an extremely contentious election. It’s now 2017 — time to start anew.

Some will begin the new year with a list of resolutions, others will not — and that’s OK. But may we suggest, whether you have a resolution, multiple resolutions or none at all, to make a genuine attempt to witness the upcoming year with clear eyes.

Stissing Mountain races to keep up with indoor track

PINE PLAINS — Indoor track has existed at Stissing Mountain Middle/High School for more than 10 years, and the team is now experiencing a massive boom, mostly due to the efforts of new head coach Rob Scott. Scott managed to assemble a total of 46 students — and counting — onto the team, compared to 19 last winter season.

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Are self-driving cars good for the environment?

Dear EarthTalk: Are self-driving cars good for the environment?

Billy Shea

New York, N.Y.

 

You know the future is here when you see that the car beside you at a red light has nobody at the helm. That’s already happening in California, where a few companies (Uber, Google, Apple, Tesla) have begun testing autonomous vehicles on the open road — albeit with human drivers at the ready in case anything goes wrong. 

Un-driving the divide

Sometimes I wonder, is there nothing in America that we as Americans do not judge, that we do not evaluate as “different” than we want it to be?

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 12-22-16

Handling books 40+ years

We’re already preparing for a new year, but before we begin 2017, we need to look back — over 40 years back — to celebrate and remember those years of service by our director of the Pine Plains Free Library, Marguerite Hill. 

Fighting the winter blues

We are all inherently heliotropic, drawn to the light, both physically and metaphorically. This time of year, many of us fall victim to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), more commonly known as “the winter blues,” a form of depression closely related to the scarcity of daylight during the colder months. This affliction is more common in northern latitudes and to some degree probably affects more than 10 percent of all New Englanders. Typical symptoms are sadness, listlessness, irritability, and sleeping problems. 

Red wine, white wine

Benefits of the reward system in our schools

There are subtle and not-so-subtle ways that we can reward our children for deeds well done. There’s positive reinforcement: praise, gifts, in some families even money. That’s all well and good (though some might say overindulgent), as Pavlov has proven that the reward system clearly works.

But what about in our schools? Good grades, certainly, connote a job well done. Extra credit, and rewards like pizza parties, school dances or field trips also encourage students to perform well.

Refreshingly offbeat holiday tunes

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