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The Millerton News Editorial

Holiday suggestions

The Millerton News Editorial

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.

Thank you, veterans

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This Friday, 11-11-11, is a special day. Not only for the rarity of its numerical dateline, but for the day it represents. Every year, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, this nation celebrates Veterans Day — a holiday as important to us today as when it was first recognized in 1954.

Police show true colors

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The village of Millbrook will remain in blue, and keep local police coverage now and in the future, as it has had for so many years in the past.

The issue was raised at a recent Village Board meeting just as it’s been raised during countless conversations among village residents throughout the years. At the root of those discussions are two questions — whether Millbrook needs to keep its own force and if it’s legally required to do so.

Last week Millbrook Mayor Laura Hurley cleared up any confusion regarding the matter, after conferring with Village Attorney Rebecca Valk.

Be sure to vote in Nov. 8 election

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Election Day — one of the most important days of the year — is just around the bend.

Occupy Wall Street: The power of protest

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For more than a month now protesters have roosted on Wall Street, and in nearly 200 cities around the world, and they’re making their voices heard. They want change — although exactly what that change is and how that change is to be implemented they don’t quite know yet. But they’ve taken the first step. The hundreds of thousands of protesters have decided the status quo isn’t cutting it, and they’re right. The current state of affairs is far from acceptable.

Amenia road controversy ends well

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A little miscommunication can go a long way, as seen by the recent back-and-forth that had many up in arms in Amenia, all regarding the possible paving of Tower Hill Road.

After numerous emails among residents, council members, the town supervisor and the highway superintendent, it was finally confirmed that the Town Board was not pursuing a Community Development Block Grant to pave a segment of Tower Hill Road — a relief to nearly all involved.