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The Millerton News Editorial

County gets smart about the climate

Kudos to Dutchess County for setting the gold standard for all municipalities to follow. How? The county has become, under the leadership of County Executive Marcus Molinaro, a New York State Certified Climate Smart Community, reaching the bronze level of certification from the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In today’s climate-challenged world, such a designation means something. It’s a way to help us work toward a world in which we don’t see rapidly rising oceans or out-of-control wildfires, climbing global temperatures or a melting Arctic.

Celebrating community

Communities are often a reflection of the people who live in them. Some are closed and forbidding. Others, however, like those in the Harlem Valley, are open and welcoming. They are the reason why so many people move into the area — to live in a place with a real sense of community — and to enjoy all of the benefits of doing so.

Remember to register to vote or remain silent

We’ve written about it before, and we’ll write about it again: the importance of voting. It’s a critical component of our democracy, and come Tuesday, Sept. 24, would-be voters can register during National Voter Registration Day.

It’s actually a holiday endorsed  by the National Association of Secretaries of State, supported by the National Association of State Election Directors, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the National Association of Election Officials. It’s not a partisan day. 

9/11: Looking back and looking ahead

This week, the nation commemorated the devastating Sept. 11 attacks that took the lives of 2,997 people, injured more than 6,000 others and decimated the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Presenting… The Stissing Center

A tiny taste of the Great White Way has come to the Harlem Valley, thanks to the new Stissing Center, a performing arts venue in Pine Plains serving the entire Tri-state region.

Be prepared: School is (almost) in session

Back to school — it’s a time of excitement, anticipation, anxiety, aggravation and stress. For children and parents alike, back to school means so many things.

NYC police deaths open suicide conversation

Those living with mental illness often have a difficult time dealing with the world. Their minds may not be well, and they can’t always reason or use logic to make sense of that which is admittedly a topsy-turvy world. It can be a painful existence. In extreme cases of mental illness, sufferers might hurt themselves or hurt others.

A gun control conversation has begun. Now what?

There is no question that America is embroiled in a battle right now, between the left and the right. There are those who support the president and his agenda and those who don’t. One of the most heated debates in our nation’s capital centers around gun control, especially in the wake of recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

In total, 31 people were killed during the weekend of Aug. 3 and 4. Many of the victims were black and brown, many Hispanic living and working near the Mexican border. 

Survey says…

Ask a question, get an answer. Sounds simple enough, but sometimes drawing much-wanted information from people both familiar and strange can be harder than it would seem.

Case in point, the recent 2019 Pine Plains Comprehensive Plan Survey. Out of the roughly 2,500 people living in Pine Plains (according to the 2017 U.S. census), 229 responded — that’s about 9.15%. That tiny fraction reflects only a small pool of people willing to share their thoughts and feelings about what makes Pine Plains great, and what could make it better.