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The Millerton News Editorial

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.

NECC bus offers lifeline

NECC to the rescue! Once again, the North East Community Center has stepped up to the plate in the name of Millerton and its residents. This time, it’s to help fill the void left in the wake of Millerton Fresh Market’s hasty departure.

Terni’s: One in a million, 100 years on

Sometimes, some communities have mainstays. Sometimes, they have landmarks. And sometimes, they have institutions. Terni’s in Millerton is one such institution, synonymous with the name of the village itself.

An anchor store along Main Street, Terni’s is celebrating its 100th year in business this week. It’s quite an accomplishment considering the evolution Millerton has experienced in the last century. 

Protect our right to farm

Once upon a time, this was an agrarian society. People lived off the land, and farming was king. Generations later, most of the dairy farms in our region are long gone, as are the many other agricultural operations that once dotted the countryside. But there are still those that remain. Tied to the soil, farmers continue to be an important part of our community, contributing greatly to the economy and our overall welfare.

A word to graduates

Graduation. It’s a rite of passage for our children — cementing their entrance into the adult world after years of schooling. It may mean additional years at school, it may mean a new life in the military or it may mean a real-life education in the work force.

Whatever post-graduation plans students have made, one thing is certain — they’re going to be exposed to a brave new world — and hopefully they’ve prepared with lessons learned from those around them.

‘No’ to Kent Hollow Mine appeal is a good decision

It’s been a long time coming. Finally, after years of applications, appeals, research and reviews, the Amenia zoning board has made a final ruling in the Kent Hollow Mine appeal. 

Denied. So stated the Amenia Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), which voted unanimously to deny the appeal of a zoning violation for being a nonconforming use.

Blatant bias from White House against homeless

Sometimes you hear something that is so distasteful, so blatantly unfair, that it stops you  cold in your tracks. 

News that President Trump supports a proposal from the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would allow the operators of federally funded homeless shelters to deny services to those they feel are unworthy is one such instance.

Are our hands tied?

Sometimes, much is said with few words. That’s because words, when chosen precisely and with great care, can communicate a whole lot. Such was the case when special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller spoke on Wednesday, May 29, for roughly 10 minutes at the Justice Department.

Mueller spoke about his report — his testimony, as he put it — and threw the issue back to Congress.