The Millerton News Editorial

Our differences should unite us, not tear us apart

This week’s editorial addresses the history of racism in the U.S. The original piece was written prior to Saturday’s deadly act of domestic terrorism at the hands of a white supremacist. While we are tremendously saddened that the issue came to a head with the Aug. 12 unrest in Charlottesville, Va., we thought it timely — and wanted to use the opportunity to stress how dangerous hate can be.

Taking steps toward a more informed public

The village and the county held an open house on the Millerton Pedestrian Plan Project on Thursday, Aug. 3, at the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex. In doing so, not only did the village share the results of its work with the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development, but both village and county accomplished something that is critical to local governing: community outreach.

So often, our towns and villages are criticized for not informing the public of their intentions, of the work they’re conducting and of their goals and aspirations.

Summer is the perfect time; libraries are the perfect place

When summertime rolls around, parents often wonder how to best occupy their children’s time. School no longer being in session, children are often left to fend for their own entertainment. That’s not even beginning to address hopes that children could also be learning something during those long and lazy afternoons.

The proof is in the emails

We’ve said it on this page before and we’ll likely say it again: intent counts.

Case in point? The scandal created by Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian attorney before the November elections, to learn information harmful to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Girls and women deserve more

There’s so much that we, as Westerners, take for granted. For most of us, to varying degrees, we have food and water, we have sanitation, we have medicine, we have transportation. Going without one of any of these basic essentials is beyond what most of us can probably even imagine.

Was America’s birthday spoiled by its president?

We recently joined together to celebrate the birth of our nation — as good a time as any to look at the way we treat one another as fellow Americans. While all of us could probably do with a quick refresher course on lessons of citizenship and civility, none needs it more desperately than our president, Donald J. Trump.

Just last week, Trump reignited the all-too-justified fears about his irresponsible use of Twitter — and his childish responses to those who second guess his authority, or his wisdom.

Shooting highlights the worst in politics

If the shooting last week in Alexandria, Va., at the practice session of a Republican Congressional baseball team showed us anything, it’s that people have reached their boiling point. 

Sadly, people don’t know how to control themselves and they don’t know how to find civilized solutions to their problems. This statement applies as much to the politicians who inspired such hate as the gunman who pulled the trigger. Understand, however, that reality in no way justifies violence.

Thanks, ‘NASCAR’ Dave

Thanks, ‘NASCAR’ Dave

There are many wonderful residents living in the Tri-state region, but few have made as big a difference as “NASCAR” Dave MacMillan. MacMillan has run the Sunday in the Country Food Drive (SITCFD) for the past 25 years with great success — feeding thousands who would otherwise have gone without during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Downside of withdrawing from Paris agreement

Does the United States — arguably the most revered democracy in the free world — really want to share ranks with the likes of Syria and Nicaragua? Well, now that President Donald Trump has pulled this country out of the Paris Climate Accord, it is. Like those two less-developed, and, some might argue, less conscientious nations, the U.S. is now only the third nation to totally reject the historic agreement. 

Making Memorial Day last for more than just a day

Every year, this newspaper covers Memorial Day parades and ceremonies held throughout the Harlem Valley. We intend to continue to do so. But the holiday, known as the unofficial kickoff to the summer season, should provide us with more than just a day off from work or school. It should give us pause, to reflect on what the military does for the American public, day in and day out.