The Millerton News Editorial

School boards need you

Our school districts are run by our boards of education (BOE). With elected members manning these boards, they offer local control of local educational issues. 

For one, school boards budget and have taxing authority. They plan with education first and foremost in their sights. As the National School Board Association put it, “education is not a line item in your school board’s budget — it is the only item.”

Schools focus on more than just classroom lessons

School activities are so important in a child’s development. From pre-k through senior year, students rely on what their school districts offer to learn, grow and develop. Thankfully, our districts here in the Harlem Valley do their best to make sure that children have a fulfilling academic experience, with a focus on providing many extracurricular opportunities.

Still chasing gender equality

Never has celebrating Women’s History Month seemed more appropriate than it does right now, mid-March, with all that’s going on locally and across the nation.

Firstly, we’re pleased to point out, the Millerton village elections boasted a full and exclusive slate of female candidates — the first time anyone can remember that being the case.

Millerton, it’s time to vote

Elections are just around the corner in the village of Millerton. Polls are open from noon till 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at the Village Nutrition Center adjacent to Village Hall.

It’s an important day in the lives of all Millerton residents. Up for election are two village trustee seats, with three candidates running (though four were nominated in the Republican and Democratic caucuses) and the mayoral seat, with one candidate running who was cross-endorsed by both parties.

Transparency is critical for good government

There’s something to be said for governments that value transparency. Letting the people know exactly what they’re doing, why they’re doing what they’re doing and how they’re going about doing what they’re doing, is important. After all, it’s taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars that pay for practically everything the government does.

Thinking outside the box in search of peace

Finding ways to peacefully resolve conflict is the mark of an evolved society. With the political climate such as it is, that can sometimes be difficult to remember. Certainly a glance at our nation’s leaders does little to set the example.

But there must be, today more than ever, a way for human beings to relate to one another honestly and express themselves appropriately. Forget the divisive rhetoric. Forget the name calling. Forget the hate speech. Forget the nonsense, for one, spewing from the president and all the president’s men on a daily basis.

Community effort nourishes the soul

This Saturday, Feb. 25, will mark the end of an era. The Grand Union supermarket, technically a GU Market, will shut its doors for the last time.

There have been plenty of critics of the Grand Union during its time. The store was at times called shabby, but it nonetheless served a very important purpose — feeding village residents — many of whom couldn’t drive elsewhere for their groceries.

Malloy’s budget proposal gets education funding all wrong

It continues to be troubling to see how, when faced with deficits and budgetary problems, the state either makes or proposes to make cutbacks in educational funding to towns.
Back in late December, the state announced cutbacks in state aid to municipalities through its Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) program.
On Feb. 8, in his proposed biennial budget for the state, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) included various cuts in ECS funding for towns in the Northwest Corner.

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A good place to start …

It doesn’t take much to make someone feel included: a simple hello, a friendly wave, an inquiry about one’s well being. That’s the premise behind Start with Hello Week, which ran from Feb. 6 through 10 this year.

Start with Hello is the brainchild of the Sandy Hook community, made up of parents and loved ones who lost children in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012. 

Caucuses highlight the best of democracy

Public participation is a critical component of the democratic process. It’s how people choose their representatives, how they express their opinions on policies and laws and how they express displeasure if things go awry. It’s the philosophy on which our nation was founded 240 years ago, and continues to be the rule of the land today.