I would like to extend an overdue THANK YOU to The Millerton News editors and staff for providing me a platform to voice the needs and concerns of our military and veterans — and to address our national security and the ever-growing rabid social discourse and hatred that have infected this country. I have been contributing regular commentaries/opinions for the past year. I offered sporadic contributions previously; you know by now I don’t mince words. I know there are many more patriotic readers than demagogues out there so I thank you patriots.
In my experience, The Millerton News has been fair and objective, taking no sides and allowing reasonable differences of opinion to be printed in a country where “Free Speech” can be abused. A country that is now infected with so called news media and publications that mostly spew outright lies, untruths and misleading information that sadly pass as journalism these days. Thankfully most stable minded individuals see through this bluster and charade. Those of us capable of thinking for ourselves rather than having a political party, government or an individual influence our opinions and decisions will prevail (independent thinkers and fact-checkers).
This country could be so much better. And in my humble opinion, today we’re on a positive roll due to logical minds. I respect differences of opinion. We don’t need to or want to close our minds. I would never get along with myself! Compromising on differences of opinion has always produced positive results. It’s when hatred and intolerance are injected that everything goes haywire.
In conclusion: Thank you Millerton News for providing our communities with fair, objective reporting, valuable personal, public, inspirational and interesting news. After this current health crisis ends, stop by and say “hi” to them some day. They are terrific individuals and will field your opinions and requests if possible. The News provides an invaluable community service. We cannot let honest news reporting slip away. Please consider monetary support to them if possible.
God bless you, patriotic readers and your families. Chin up — Phil says an early spring is upon us.
Millerton resident Larry Conklin is a Vietnam veteran and member of both the Millerton American Legion Post 178 and the Couch Pipa VFW Post 6851 in North Canaan, Conn.