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Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 3-14-19

Thanks for coming out

The North East Historical Society thanks everyone who came out in support of our first Dine Out for History program. On select nights from Jan. 27, to March 7, local restaurants donated 10 percent of their proceeds to the society, and some generously gave us even more. 

This also helped out our local restaurants at a time of year when business can be slow, so it was rewarding to see so many filled tables! These events helped us raise more than $1,000 to support our expanded archives and help us move forward in digitizing our collection to make it more accessible to the public. 

The effort also helped us increase our annual membership. That ongoing support is vital if we are to meet our expanding costs — from rent to technical and preservation expenses. It allows us to sustain our historical presentations, research and the Main Street Historic District Walking Tour brochure, among other programs. In essence, it helps us better tell the story of Millerton and North East and continue to gather history as it is being made. 

For making our Dine Out for History events such a success, we are particularly grateful to the owners and staffs of The Millerton Inn, Golden Wok, Oakhurst Diner, Manna Dew Café and 52 Main. And we greatly appreciated the terrific assistance we received from The Millerton News, The Moviehouse, Thorunn Designs and Diane Hosier and  Facebook friends. 

We couldn’t have done it without the NEHS board members and volunteers who worked so hard on this project.

We are so grateful to all who dined out on our behalf. We hope you had a good time. Dine Out for History will return next winter with even more restaurants involved. See you then!

Edward Downey, President

North East Historical Society

Millerton 

 

You are invited on St. Patrick’s Day

The Pine Plains Presbyterian Church will hold our annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Sunday, March 17. This year, our dinner will be Takeout Only with pickups between 4 and 5 p.m. We will have Irish music for your listening pleasure performed by Mike Kemp and Laura Dennis during pickup. 

Takeouts will include corned beef, cabbage, glazed baby carrots, boiled red potatoes, Irish soda bread and dessert. 

Cost is $16 and tickets should be reserved with Carol Hart by phoning 518-398-7056 or by email: carolhart131@aol.com. 

Everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day! Enjoy the day and let us cook for you!

Jeanne Valentine-Chase

Pine Plains

 

There’s more to be done

I am writing to support proper funding for early voting start-up and implementation. Although the State Legislature has approved early voting, it has yet to be properly funded.  I have read that it will take $25 million this year, less than 1 percent of the state budget, to accomplish this. This amount would, I believe, also cover E-pollbooks with ballot-on-demand capability to facilitate early voting (S508, A2070).

It’s terrific that the State Legislature has finally taken steps to address the inefficiency and unfairness in New York’s voting system.  It would be terrible not to provide the funding necessary to implement the new legislation.

I also hope that our state legislators will vote for the Voter Friendly Ballot Act, so that we can have clear, readable ballots allowing voters easily to understand what their choices are (S2300, A2682).

I believe that there are other legislative measures that would foster greater democracy in our electoral system: automatic voter registration, shorter deadlines for changing party affiliations and restoring voting to ex-offenders on parole.

It is to be hoped that now that the State Legislature has begun focusing on voting reform, they will undertake additional common-sense measures to further encourage the most basic of our democratic rights.

Amy Rothstein

Pine Plains