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The Millerton News Editorial

The summer reading program earns rave reviews

While for many reading a good book while lounging on the beach is the ideal way to spend a summer’s day, that might not be a child’s first choice when he or she could be splashing around in the water instead. In fact, getting children to read during the summer months can be something of a challenge — children can suffer from a sort of academic atrophy, losing much of what they’ve learned during the school year — making their return to school all about playing catch up when it should be about advancing to the next level.

The Harlem Valley is open for business

There’s no disputing the economy is in bad shape. Throughout the nation people are struggling, families are cutting back, schools are losing funding, businesses are trimming budgets and staff and the federal government is trillions of dollars in debt. But despite all of the above, there is a bright spot here in the Harlem Valley ­— the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and kicking, bucking the trend ­— proven by the rash of new businesses opening in towns and villages throughout northeastern Dutchess County.

Opening minds, opening organizations to acceptance

What, precisely, earns someone respect? Their integrity; their intelligence; their valor; their sense of honor; their allegiance to their country, colleagues and family; their unwavering dedication to truth and justice? All of these are valid, reasonable answers. One trait that respect should not be based on is sexuality. When put into context that makes sense, yet some insist on making decisions predicated on a person’s sexual orientation. Absurd, isn’t it?

New look, same mission

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There’s a lot to be said for tradition. Here at The Millerton News we stand on an 81-year-old track record of bringing our readers the news they depend on when making decisions that affect their daily lives. We do that because it’s our professional duty and because we care about the impact we have on the communities we cover. That sense has remained strong during the last eight decades and has guided us in our mission as a local, community newspaper.

Class of 2012, success

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Time is transitory. That, if nothing else, is a lesson we all must learn as we move through life. Hopefully, it’s a truth our area graduates have begun to grasp as they step into the next phase of their young lives.

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Presidential politics on same-sex marriage

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Last Wednesday, May 9, President Barack Obama made a very important and (let’s face it) progressive statement when he confessed on national television that, “personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”
Some may say he was forced to play his hand after Vice President Joseph Biden announced his support of same-sex marriage just days before.
Perhaps.
But at that level of government things rarely happen by chance. Obama is in the middle of a campaign. He knows when to say what, and how to say it.

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For Arnoff Moving, sun shines on change

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A local business made big news last week when it announced the creation of one of the largest solar farms in the region. Arnoff Moving and Storage decided to go green and reduce its carbon footprint at its Millerton warehouse, which will now ultimately produce close to 100,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year through solar power.
The move falls in the footsteps of the forward-thinking business’ transition three years ago to have 80 percent of all of its packaging material purchased from suppliers who use recycled materials.

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The Harlem Valley is rich in history

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The Harlem Valley is unique for myriad reasons. One very special reason is because of the people who live here; another is because of the people who have lived here in the past. The tie that binds those two elements together — our rich history — is part of what makes this area so very special.

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Celebrating Earth Day

Not everybody will take time to recognize the importance of Sunday, April 22, but they should. That’s because it marks the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day.
Earth Day provides billions of people around the globe the opportunity to stop for a moment and think about the world they live in, how it’s being used and abused, what can be done to reverse that damage and protect the planet for generations to come.

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Become involved in the budget process

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School districts throughout the Harlem Valley are now fully engulfed in the complicated process of drafting their annual budgets — essential business that will dictate how our schools will fund scholastic, athletic and extracurricular programs, pay for building and equipment maintenance, special services and other goods, as well as compensate teachers, administrators and support staff.

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