The Millerton News Editorial

Thanks, ‘NASCAR’ Dave

Thanks, ‘NASCAR’ Dave

There are many wonderful residents living in the Tri-state region, but few have made as big a difference as “NASCAR” Dave MacMillan. MacMillan has run the Sunday in the Country Food Drive (SITCFD) for the past 25 years with great success — feeding thousands who would otherwise have gone without during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Downside of withdrawing from Paris agreement

Does the United States — arguably the most revered democracy in the free world — really want to share ranks with the likes of Syria and Nicaragua? Well, now that President Donald Trump has pulled this country out of the Paris Climate Accord, it is. Like those two less-developed, and, some might argue, less conscientious nations, the U.S. is now only the third nation to totally reject the historic agreement. 

Making Memorial Day last for more than just a day

Every year, this newspaper covers Memorial Day parades and ceremonies held throughout the Harlem Valley. We intend to continue to do so. But the holiday, known as the unofficial kickoff to the summer season, should provide us with more than just a day off from work or school. It should give us pause, to reflect on what the military does for the American public, day in and day out.

The 20th is May Day

Memorial Day, the official start of the summer season, is just around the corner. But folks right here in the Harlem Valley aren’t waiting for the calendar  to hit May 29 to get the season kicked off in a big way. Saturday, May 20, in fact, is so chock-full of activity that it makes one’s head spin.

So many reasons why …

Being a teenager isn’t easy. The body and mind are changing. Social stratification is linked to self worth. Responsibilities grow. Pressure builds. It is, in sum, a period of great stress.

A healthy mind might successfully grapple with such challenges. It can be difficult, but doable.

An unwell mind, one struggling with mental illness, cannot deal with stressors so easily. Life can be dampened by depression, anxiety, psychosis. When things are really dire, teens might turn to suicide as a way out.

LAPping it up …

LAP. It stands for Local Action Project, something that’s being promoted by the teachers’ association of the North East (Webutuck) Central School District. 

With a recommendation from Webutuck Teachers’ Association (WTA) leader Rebecca Garrard, LAP is a way for the district to better connect with the community it serves. This goes beyond engaging with taxpayers during budget time, or contractual talks, it’s applicable throughout the academic year — in ways big and small.

How sharing our past can help our future

Everyone has a past, a history. It’s part of what makes us who we are. 

Sharing stories about our history can be cathartic. It can also help unite people and bridge the gap often created through lack of communication and understanding.

Enter the Open Communities Project’s How We Got Here — Our Stories of Migration. It’s a locally driven project meant to break down the barriers among all U.S. citizens — almost all of whom have stories of migration — especially those living right here in the Harlem Valley.

Earth Day perfect time to talk about recycling

We all have something in common: We all live on this  ever-shrinking place called Earth. As global citizens, in an effort to keep the planet strong and resilient, we must do our part to protect and preserve it.

Recycle. It’s a really easy place to start. 

These days, waste management companies provide containers for recyclables. Never has separating out plastics, glass, newspaper and cardboard been easier to do at home, in the office or on the go. 

Considering the state of the county

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro is a people person. He’s got great communication skills, and he knows how to network. He also knows how to promote the county and all of its causes. That’s key, as Molinaro has recently been on a town forum tour, visiting different municipalities to talk about the 2017 state of the county.

School boards need you

Our school districts are run by our boards of education (BOE). With elected members manning these boards, they offer local control of local educational issues. 

For one, school boards budget and have taxing authority. They plan with education first and foremost in their sights. As the National School Board Association put it, “education is not a line item in your school board’s budget — it is the only item.”