The Millerton News Editorial

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.

Falling for fall, 2011

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Once again the change of seasons is upon us; it seems to happen more quickly as the years pass. When the calendar turns from September to October, however, there’s always a hint of excitement, for autumn is a special time of year, especially in this part of the country.

Ask if you want; Now it’s OK to tell

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Last week marked a turning point for this country — one that brought its human rights record nearer to where it should be considering the United States is heralded as the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Webutuck principal puts words to action

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It’s nice when a man sticks to his word. (Same can be said for a woman.) Might sound simple, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

Case in point: Webutuck High School Principal Ken Sauer. During the summer Sauer made a statement — both bold and direct. He said he wanted to make Webutuck Middle/High School the top performing school in Dutchess County within two years.

Now some people just make statements to hear themselves speak. Others babble incoherently to fill awkward silences. Still more say “yes” to whatever they are asked without understanding what they are committing to.

It’s a matter of women’s health

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The U.S. Health and Human Services Department made a monumental decision this summer when it declared that health insurance companies must provide no-cost birth control and other preventive services to women starting in August 2012.

According to Planned Parenthood, “More than 38 million American women currently use birth control, and nearly all [98 percent] sexually active American women have used birth control at some time in their lives.”

Remembering Sept. 11

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Sunday, Sept. 11, marks the 10th anniversary of one of the darkest and most tragic days in America’s 235-year-old history. Those who lived through 9/11 will never forget the shock and confusion felt while watching events unfold on TV, as typically nonthreatening planes were turned into deadly weapons. Nor could anyone forget the heartbreaking scenes of flames and smoke, broken buildings and shattered glass, people running away from and rescue workers dashing into iconic structures transformed into crumbling tombs of death and destruction.