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The Millerton News Editorial

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. 

Webutuck’s one-bell system: pros and cons

The start of the school day is often difficult for students. They have to wake up early, get ready and meet the bus or drive to school in the wee hours of the morning. 

At the North East (Webutuck) Central School District, high school students begin their day at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2:20 p.m., while elementary and primary students start at 8:40 a.m. and end at 3:15 p.m. Even if hoping to emulate a real work day in the professional world, rarely does one start his or her day in the office before 9 a.m.

The challenge of finding Kennedy’s replacement

A seismic shift is about to occur in this nation’s judicial system, with the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kennedy, although he disliked the description, was often called a “swing vote.” He will serve the rest of his tenure until July 31, the end of this month. The soon-to-be 82 year old made his intentions known on Wednesday, June 27.

Life after graduation

Education unlocks our world. Since we were children, we’ve watched, we’ve read, we’ve repeated, we’ve  learned. All skills, those lessons have armed us with the information we’ve relied on to take us into adulthood.

This past weekend, students from around the Harlem Valley celebrated their many years of learning with that unmistakable rite of passage: graduation.