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Today is another hot and humid day in a summer that has seen many of them. Despite recent rains, the rivers remain low and the sun is bright and my garden still thirsts for rain. Some folks like it hot and muggy but I am not one of them. Today is the kind of day I wish I were at the beach, rather than in a room without air conditioning.

Actually, my garden is doing well this summer because I have carefully weeded and watered it and all that warm sunshine is making my vegetables grow with vigor. The dry weather also means there is less powdery mildew on the leaves of the wild...

The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Martin Luther King

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Strategic materials

The Country Curmudgeon

I am constantly amazed at our misuse of resources. Take aluminum, for example. This is a strategic material. We use it in our aircraft to defend America. We also package our beer and soda in it and then bury massive quantities of the empties in dumps.
How did this all start? I have a CD from the 1950s with one of the first radio commercials for no deposit no return glass bottles. The announcer is positively ecstatic. No more bothersome returning empties to the store. Just throw ’em in the trash!
I think I remember that it somehow felt wrong.

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Help on way for public transport in Dutchess

The County Account

Those of us who have chosen the rural life know that country charm comes with a price. We must travel farther for amenities and sacrifice conveniences for the tranquility of our rural lifestyles. For some of our neighbors, however, the distance to reach medical care, grocery stores or employment can be a struggle, especially for our seniors and those without access to a vehicle of their own.

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Trusting a politician’s word (or not)

A View From The Edge

They say that actions speak louder than words, but most times all we have to go on are words. Words inspire, words convince us to agree or disagree, and words, and only words, are what we first hear from politicians.
The problem is, everything is upside down in America now. What was once the central core of Republican political ethics has been tossed aside, often to the Democratic Party, and vice versa.
Following are some apt quotes for our times by some of our nation’s past great leaders. Try and remember what party these presidents were members of, it may surprise you.

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The probation department assumes many roles

The County Account
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The Dover Probation Office merged with the Millbrook office in early 2011. This month, their county director received a state award for the department’s innovative and proactive strategies.
So what exactly does a probation office do? After reading the 2009 Probation Department’s Annual Report, it became clear to me that probation today is a lot more than meets the eye.

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Chamber’s trade fest is boon to the region

The Millerton News Editorial

It was brisk and sunny on Sunday, March 27, an ideal day for the 19th annual Tri-State Chamber Buy Local Festival, held once again at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Conn. What a day it was — with high turnout and high energy to the end. It was the most successful trade show the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce has seen during its nearly two-decade run. Estimates put crowds at somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000, a new record for the event.

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Transparency and timeliness with budgets

The Millerton News Editorial

Budgeting is not easy. It’s not easy for children to save their pennies for comic books, teens to save their weekend pay for college, parents to save their paychecks for mortgages or our towns, villages, states or even our nation to save tax dollars for infrastructure, Social Security, defense, health care or education. Which brings us to our schools — they have to budget, too.

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The art of communication

The Country Curmudgeon

The concept of language is mind boggling. How did we ever come up with this? I get certain basics like “Me, Tarzan” or “I want that thing you have.” You can do some of this with grunts, like “Tim the Tool Man” used to do on TV (and still does in syndication).

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Youth suicide rates are soaring

The County Account

The suicide rate for Americans under the age of 20 climbed by 18 percent from 2003 to 2004. It increased by 50 percent for kids between the ages of 10 and 14 from 1981 to 2007. In 2007, 4,410 children between the ages of 15 and 24 took their own lives. These are shocking statistics. Just as sobering is the realization that each life lost is someone’s child.

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Towns need firm plans for the next emergency

The Millerton News Editorial

There is little that tests our resiliency as fiercely as Mother Nature — in all her fury — raging as she did during the recent ice and rain storm that bombarded our region. Our towns and villages certainly suffered, but throughout the ordeal there were also bright spots — acts of kindness and dedication that offered us comfort and relief. We can all be thankful that our trials and tribulations pale in comparision to those living in Japan.

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