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The Millerton News Editorial

A change in our region’s political landscape

The political season is in full swing. The last primary election in New York state was held on Thursday, Sept. 13, and the November general elections are just around the corner.

While New York Gov.  Andrew Cuomo’s Democratic primary win comes as no surprise — putting him that much closer to a third term in office — it does encourage us to take a closer look at how things are slowly shifting in Albany, and in Washington.

Patriot Day, 2018

Every year around this time, we are reminded of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001. The deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in history, 9/11 saw 19 Islamic extremist militants linked to al-Qaeda hijack four planes. They used them as guided missiles. Loaded with thousands of gallons of jet fuel oil, the planes served as efficient killing weapons in the attacks. 

The images of those burned planes, broken buildings and scorched earth are seared into our collective memory — the horror, forever in place.

Millbrook looks ahead with Comprehensive Plan update

A Comprehensive Plan is an important planning tool for any municipality. It can help shape a community’s vision of how it would like to develop, with a 10- or 15-year forecast. It is the basis for land-use regulations and zoning, and helps a town or village establish and protect its own unique characteristics and traits.

Food security, hard to come by

We all know what it’s like to be hungry. We eat, we work, we play, we sleep, and then we want to eat again.

But not everyone understands what it’s like to go hungry. To be without. For that, one would have to know from deep within what it’s like to need nourishment for survival but not have any food within reach: to truly be without.

Meeting hate head-on

Charlottesville. It’s been one year. What have we learned? How far have we come? 

Needling out knitters

Helping Hands. It’s a fitting name for the new charity knitting and crocheting group headquartered out of the NorthEast-Millerton Library. 

Its purpose is simple: knit and crochet as many items as possible to donate to charity. All the while, enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow knitters. What a lovely idea.

Linking legislation and Lyme disease

We live in a Lyme disease hot spot. Ticks are as prevalent in the Hudson Valley as they are anywhere else in the world, with Lyme disease being “the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere,” according to www.sciencemag.org. Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses plague those living and visiting this beautiful neck of the woods — and there have long been efforts to stave off its deleterious impact on the region and its inhabitants.

In need of a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Pride. It’s something that everyone should have the good fortune of experiencing. Whether it’s pride in a job well done, pride in one’s family or pride in one’s culture and nationality, being proud can be a wonderful thing. Certainly, for movements making their way across the U.S. and beyond, pride is an integral part of letting others know who you are and what you stand for.

With Russian meddling should we trust our news?

As many people know, there is a level of trust that the media have worked to establish with the public for generations. In America, credibility has been established with readers and viewers and their local news sources on a daily, even hourly basis. Thanks to proven Russian interference, much of that surety has since been eroded.