The Millerton News Editorial

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.

Giving thanks, taking stock

This is the time of year when we like to evaluate our lives and give thanks for all we have. If we’re honest, we take a hard look — we look at our relationships, our work, our homes, our communities. We analyze what we contribute and what more we could do. We also, or at least we should, figure out where we fall short.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t celebrate the wonderful things going on in our lives. We should. And we should share that joy with those around us. Everyone could use encouragement, and hope. 

Budget hearings are a missed opportunity

One minute. Three minutes. An hour.

That’s how long it took the towns of Amenia, North East and Pine Plains to hold their public hearings on their municipal budgets, respectively.

In the audience, for each, was one person from the public, two people and four people, in that order.

In the town of Washington, no one participated in the hearing, so the board actually voted to keep it open for an additional week.

That diabolical four-letter word

There is a disturbing trend in this country: hate. From the rhetoric coming out of the White House on a daily basis to the lack of tolerance among different religious and racial groups around the country, hate is on the rise.

The deplorable history of blackface in America

There are many ways to offend people today. Sometimes, the offense is timeless — in bad taste no matter when or where. Such is the case with the idea of a person dressing up in blackface. It’s demeaning, it’s nasty and it’s racist. Period.

Top candidate picks for 2018

It’s always tough to endorse candidates come Election Day. Most of those running for office have both positive and negative attributes. After all, no one is perfect. But some appear more prepared, more qualified, than others. Those are the candidates we’d like to present to you, in our candidate endorsements for 2018. Note that The Millerton News endorses only county, state and national candidates.