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The Millerton News Editorial

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.

Falling for Fall for Art

Since 2009, the Millerton Business Group (MBG) and the 14th Colony Artists, along with the support of countless village merchants and local residents, have put on Fall for Art. It’s a day focused around the work of regional artists, who showcase their paintings, photography and more at businesses up and down Main Street in Millerton.

Proposing a monumental change at Sharon Hospital

Sharon Hospital has undergone many changes over the years, but especially during those years since converting to a for-profit entity in 2002. Through new ownerships, new administrations, new staffing, the only for-profit hospital in Connecticut has tried to maintain stability for its wide community over three states. Some financial challenges it has shared with its nonprofit colleagues, as, for instance, a costly state provider tax and changing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement policies whittled away at its revenues. 

September 11, 15 years later

It’s been a sobering 15 years since terrorists struck down the World Trade Center buildings in New York City, on Sept. 11, 2001. Ever since, the United States has been on high alert — watching and waiting for possible repeat attacks here and around the globe.

Students get a glimpse into their possible future through Scrubs Club

Practical experience — in any given field — is critical to learning. Not all of us are fortunate enough to be exposed to such training before joining a trade or profession, but those who do certainly have a leg up on those who don’t.

The Scrubs Club, piloted at Dover High School four years ago and picked up by Webutuck High School, among others, is the perfect example. It is a health career program for youth that has recently won a national award for its forward thinking and obvious success.

Just how long should term lengths be?

It’s a real quandary — how long should our town officials serve in office after being elected — and should their terms be shorter or longer? 

The issue was raised in the town of Amenia recently, when Town Clerk Dawn Marie Klingner said she’d like to see the length of her term extended from two to four years. 

Staying vigilant when crime is on the rise

No one likes to think that crime can occur in their own backyard. But it does, even right here in the idyllic rural village of Millerton, and throughout the Harlem Valley.

As has been reported in this newspaper and others, there’s been something of a crime wave in these parts in the last couple of weeks. There have been vehicles stolen, homes burglarized and businesses broken into. Money has been stolen and so have credit card accounts. 

The need for a unified scholastic vision

It’s tough for school districts to have one great equalizer when it comes to teaching literacy. That’s why North East (Webutuck) Central School District Superintendent of Schools Ray Castellani and the Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) decided to make pursuing a unified literacy vision a top priority.