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The Millerton News Editorial

Scoring big

The debate regarding state testing in our schools is raging — with students opting in or out of tests some deem too stressful and unfair. But there are tests, those that chart the highs and lows of student performance in certain areas from year-to-year, that have undisputed merit.

Thanksgiving, the larger picture

There’s been so much dissension, so much distaste and so much disgust at recent world events that it seems Thanksgiving is the ideal time to set aside differences and focus on what’s truly important: humanity.

We need to think outside of ourselves and our desires — we need to think of others who might be struggling with visible and/or hidden demons. 

The power of acceptance

It’s finally over. After what seemed like an interminable election season, this nation has a new president-elect.

It was an extremely close race. Neither candidate earned 50 percent of the vote, and the candidate who won the popular vote lost the electoral vote. It seemed a fitting end to what had been some of the most rancorous campaigning and, in the end, suspenseful voting.

Highway garage search frustrating, but thoughtful

The town of North East has had a rough time of it — trying to find a suitable location for a new highway garage in the face of its current deteriorating, decaying, unhealthy and unsightly garage located at 11 South Center St. in the village of Millerton.

Sure, it’s not easy and it’s not cheap to find new land on which to build. Nor is it simple to find land with existing buildings that could work in the town’s favor. 

No place for apathy

Last week this newspaper wrote about its top choices for this year’s elections. And while there remains hope that readers will take those recommendations into consideration, this week the paper wants to focus on the act of voting itself.

Our endorsements for Election Day

Election season is nearly over — and it’s been a doozy. Of course, most voters are focused on the presidential election, and never has voting for the top office seemed more important. The future of this nation, and of the world, will rest squarely on the shoulders of whoever is elected.

That said, it’s with absolute confidence and certainty that this paper endorses former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Democrats, as president and vice president. To be blunt, Clinton is the only candidate fit to be president.

Don’t take bullying sitting down

Being  bullied is every child’s nightmare. There is little worse than being intimidated at school or at home. These days that extends beyond being bullied in person — people are bullied online every day and it’s just as damaging. 

FFA tradition is strong in Pine Plains community

The FFA has a rich history in Pine Plains. With Stissing Mountain Middle/High School now housing the only chapter in Dutchess County,  the FFA is alive and well within the Pine Plains Central School District — and as vibrant as its blue and gold colors. The district has a very strong agricultural education program overall, and it has for years.

While FFA used to be an acronym for the Future Farmers of America, it is no longer. That changed in 1988 when the national organization decided it wanted to broaden its approach and its reach.

An EPIC undertaking

Advocating for a cause near and dear  to one’s heart is always admirable — especially when it’s a cause that affects many. That’s exactly what the group Engaging People In Change, or EPIC, does, as it advocates for social justice right here in rural Harlem Valley.

Banning books, simply put, is bad

No one should be able to dictate what another person thinks or feels. That extends to what a person reads, as well. 

That’s why Banned Book Week is so important today — it gives society a chance to pause for a moment and think about all of the books that have been banned over time — and books that continue to be forbidden by certain organizations, namely schools or school libraries.