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The Millerton News Editorial

School program offers an exchange of ideas

The Millerton News Editorial

It’s so important not to live in a bubble. As citizens of the world — one which became so much smaller back when the Internet sprang to life — we must learn to recognize, respect and, ideally, embrace those from places different than our own. And that’s exactly the kind of message that’s being taught to students in the Pine Plains Central School District thanks to the efforts of guidance counselor Karen Pogoda.

Martin Luther King’s dream worth dreaming

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”
It’s a question worth asking, for the idea of helping others is so much a part of what life is all about. And there’s no better time to ponder the question than now, while we’re celebrating the beloved civil rights leader. Monday, Jan. 16, was Martin Luther King Jr. Day — a federal holiday to celebrate his birthday that provides the ideal opportunity for us to look at ourselves and our world.

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Learning the lingo

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There’s a lot involved in keeping up with local politics. Learning the ropes takes effort and time, for there are many questions to answer: Who holds what position? Who creates local laws and how are they adopted? Who enforces those laws? What is an executive session? What is a quorum? How does one do a municipal search? Where does one go to file specific documents? What’s it like to attend a town or a village meeting? How does one follow along — and where, oh where, is the legend to all of those darn acronyms bandied about the board table?

It’s all about resolve

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After all of the celebrations and fanfare end, reality sets in — 2012 has actually arrived. It’s the dawn of a new day. A fresh start. A clean slate. A jumping off point from which the next 12 months will follow. It’s well advised to get a plan in place to help set the course for the year ahead. Perhaps it’s time to (yes, the well-worn phrase is about to hit the page) consider making New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

The big picture, as we begin the year 2012

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The New Year is nearly here — the ideal time to reflect on the year that is drawing to a close. Looking back on 2011, it is the state of the economy that looms large in retrospect, and how the financial system has affected the lifestyle of Americans on a daily basis. To compute the figures, and to really understand what our dollars have gained us in recent years, we turn to a money chart from www.xkcd.com, which was published online in November of this year and can be fact checked through sources including scholarly works or government publications (at http://xkcd.com/980/sources/).

Holiday suggestions

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The holidays are here — and they mean different things to different people.

For some, it’s a gleeful period. There’s yule time cheer, goodwill among friends and family, the sharing of time, memories, food and gifts. For those who get to partake in such festivities, here are a few tips that will benefit the community-at-large as well as your inner circle:

Dangers of censorship

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One of the greatest things about living in this nation, and there are many, is that we are guaranteed freedom of expression. As citizens we have the right to free speech, as stated in the First Amendment of the Constitution, quoted here directly from the Bill of Rights:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Staying safe and secure, wherever you are

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There are times when one can get lost in the peace and tranquility of life in the country. After all, the lush, rolling hills, the picturesque farmland, the quaint villages — all of these wonderful attributes of country living are part and parcel of why so many people choose to make the Harlem Valley their home. But despite the charm of such a life there are still unsavory elements that each and every person living in this rural Utopia must be aware of, these days more than ever.

Being thankful

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The holidays are here, the perfect opportunity for families and friends to share their time, thoughts and memories with one another. Thanksgiving, especially, is the ideal occasion to consider all there is to be grateful for, despite the stress, challenges and hardships of life in today’s chaotic world. It’s essential to do so because no matter how difficult one’s day-to-day routine may be, things could always be worse — which is really important to remember.

Passing the torch without losing the flame

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Finally, after posting election signs and mailing out cards, shaking neighbors’ hands and making campaign calls, the elections are over. And while everyone can breathe a sigh of relief now that the tensions of campaigning have ended, this is where the real work begins.

To start with, however, let us offer congratulations to all of those who have won. It is a testament to the faith and confidence your fellow townspeople have in you that you will be able to perform the job you have set out to do fairly, competently and honestly.