The Millerton News Editorial

Celebrating the FFA

From Feb. 16 through Feb. 23, students around the United States — and here in our neck of the woods — are celebrating National FFA Week. Once called Future Farmers of America, the FFA encompasses so much more than just farming these days.

Make no mistake about it — the agriculture industry is huge. It’s vitally important to our future, and to the health and wealth of our country. Right here, in the Harlem Valley, we’re especially in tune with ag-related businesses and lifestyles.

Reflecting on violence and mental illness

Feb. 14, 2018. It was one year ago, and it was a very deadly day. Last Valentine’s Day was when accused shooter Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and fired at students and faculty alike. He wound up killing 17 and destroying many more lives.

Is all quiet?

Loud noises and smelly fumes are considered a nuisance by most. That’s the premise behind the recently-proposed nuisance ordinance in the town of Pine Plains. More than a noise ordinance, the proposed law would target minibikes and motorbikes that make their way through the small hamlet on a regular basis.

Remembering MLK and the fight for equality

On Monday, Jan. 21, this nation recognized civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) with a federal holiday celebrating his birthday (Jan. 15, 1929). It’s a day that Americans honor each year — we hope — in memory of the civil rights leader and his quest to create equality among all races. 

The real tragedy of the border wall fight

The hope is that by the time this editorial is read, it will be outdated. That might sound odd, but considering it has to do with the 25-day partial government shutdown (as of press time on Tuesday, Jan. 15), we’re sure readers will understand. That the president has the country in this state of suspension is a disgrace. He’s let services lapse and workers go unpaid. All for a border wall no one is even sure is necessary.

Pine Plains school renovation deserves support

Finding money to pay for goods and services is always a challenge for our school districts. Funding projects — no matter how essential — can be difficult at best.

In the Pine Plains Central School District, the Board of Education (BOE) is hoping that come Monday, Jan. 28, local voters will show their support for a special referendum to renovate the junior/senior high school auditorium.

A look back, a look ahead

It’s finally here: 2019. The New Year is a great time to reflect on how things have gone in the past and where things are headed in the future. We’ve done this before, just 12 months ago, and it’s always a good exercise that, ideally, teaches us.

So, how was 2018? It was, inarguably, a difficult year. Presidential leadership, well, that could be an entire editorial in and of itself. It was, on the whole, troubling. President Trump got ugly at times. Here are just a few examples: 

Good will prevails

December is halfway over and the holidays fast approaching — never is the spirit of giving more evident than at this time of year.

Mississippi’s election results are troubling

If the recent runoff for a seat in the U.S. Senate in the state of Mississippi is any indication, race continues to be a volatile issue in this country. The fact that Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith won the campaign, after making racially charged statements that should have sent black voters running to the polls, also speaks of how difficult it is to get people to vote. These are two separate issues, each troubling.

First daughter faux pas

Hypocrisy. There is no other word to describe reports that presidential daughter and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump used her private email hundreds of times to deal with government business. The irony? That’s exactly what her father used as ammunition against 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the elections, after she had been discovered to have done the same.