The Millerton News Editorial

The Millerton News is now on Facebook

The Millerton News has a new page for its readers to check out — a Facebook page, to be exact.

That’s right, this newspaper has joined the millions on social media and is now on Facebook. The goal is to engage residents from the Harlem Valley and beyond in discussions about the latest news and events, to poll public opinion and to share the dozens upon dozens of photos taken by our staff every week. The page will also post emergency information and other helpful news for the Tri-state community when it needs it most.

Hope for a better year

Finally, 2013 is here. Hopefully the New Year will bring with it positive energy in a world that’s become laden with negativity — a chance for compromise among adversaries, a chance for peace among enemies and a chance for safety among chaos. That’s a tall order, but coming out of 2012, with the December mass killings in Newtown, Conn., which left 28 dead, the majority innocent and wide-eyed elementary school students, all one can do is hope.

Community rallies in support of Catholic school

St. Joseph School in Millbrook is facing the possibility of being shut down by the Archdiocese of New York, as it is one of 26 Catholic schools on an “at risk” list. The 26 at risk schools are among 159 regionalized, parish and archdiocesan elementary schools in the state nominated for possible closure in June of 2013. But rather than panic, the school is doing its best to remain calm, organize its resources, partner with parents and do whatever it can to convince the Archdiocese that it’s worth keeping in operation. (For further details read story on Page A1.)

Two boards that are worth mentioning

There are times when the common man (or woman) gets frustrated with the powers that be. Complaints may include that government works too slowly or that it doesn’t listen to the voices of those it governs. Are those complaints true? Well, at certain times, in certain societies, under certain circumstances, yes, absolutely.

The beauty of Free Families Forward

There are some people who just buzz with energy. If the stars align and they discover their true calling, well, then, watch out! Such is the case with Samantha Sloane Cole and the nonprofit Free Families Forward (FFF) — an absolutely incredible organization.

Putting the give in Thanksgiving

Come Thursday, Nov. 22, Americans from near and far will celebrate Thanksgiving. There are so many things to appreciate, especially by those who are fortunate enough to enjoy the many pieces that make up a full and complete life.

Thanks to our veterans

The Millerton News Editorial

As communities around the Harlem Valley just wrapped up their Veterans Day commemorations, which this year fell on Sunday, Nov. 11, The Millerton News felt it important to take stock of how much this country owes to those who have served in the Armed Forces.

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Councilman works for board, board works for town

Serving on a municipal board is bound to be stressful now and then — that’s understandable. For our local town boards, that may be especially true at this time of year as it’s budget season, and putting together a fiscal plan for an entire town is no easy task.

The power of the people

Sometimes people like to rally around a cause. The cause in question can be about anything, from a heated political issue to a controversial social issue, it can even be about a competitive sports team or a favorite television series. Whatever the reason it seems we humans find a certain amount of comfort in surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals who are similarly willing to go to bat when something really matters.

Our preferences for Election Day

As with all elections, this year voters have some important decisions to make. But because of what’s at stake on the national level — the economy, health care, women’s reproductive rights, immigration and national security, for starters — the 2012 presidential election is especially sobering.

Those who have been following the campaign trail set a’kindle by candidates Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama will likely agree the choice for Americans is distinct.