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The Millerton News Editorial

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.

Improved prognosis for local pharmacies

There aren’t too many independent corner pharmacies these days where people can go for their medical and personal care needs. But, amazingly, right here in the Harlem Valley there are two places one can do exactly that: Pine Plains and neighboring Stanfordville.

A cost to tough policing

No one likes being pulled over by the police. Who would? At best it takes time and causes stress, at worst it means a ticket and possibly other legal consequences.

In the village of Millerton, people have been raising red flags about the village police department’s practices. Too strict, some say. Too inflexible, say others. Too tyrannical, claim still more.

In recent days, residents and  visitors alike have stepped forward to complain. 

Making literacy a family affair

Reading. It’s the key to so much success in life. Education and careers are founded on having a strong command of the English language, which is why it’s so critical our young students hone their literacy skills during their journey into adulthood. Whether in school or at home, reading needs to be inspired and supported in order to make children successful. 

Making Memorial Day ceremonies count

Every year, Americans look forward to the start of the summertime season. When they do so, we hope, they also have their sights set on commemorating Memorial Day. Often overshadowed by the promise of sunny days at the beach and barbecues in the back yard, Memorial Day is an important holiday.

Shop local, think global

Around the Harlem Valley, residents are preparing for summer. With that comes the fun, fresh experience almost all of us enjoy — shopping at our local farmers markets. Long a testament to the outdoor, open-air lifestyle so many in the region expound, farmers markets are a quintessential component of country living.

At the root of the farmers market experience — fresh produce, home-baked breads and other handmade goods — is one basic premise: eat local. 

Teachers should be evaluated for flexibility

A student is about more than a test score. 

That’s the philosophy behind the many teachers and union representatives who went to Albany in support of a new bill to change the state’s reliance on test scores for teacher evaluations. 

A press conference organized by the state teachers’ union, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), was held on Tuesday, May 8. Local representatives attended, including three from the North East (Webutuck) Central School District. Webutuck Teachers’ Union President Rebecca Garrard was among them.

Continuing the gun control discussion

The irony was not lost on America: guns were banned from the NRA convention in Dallas last week, at speeches given by President Trump and Vice President Pence on Friday, May 4. The speeches were in favor of gun owners and gun rights and critical of stricter gun control.