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Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 4-26-18

There should have been a festival

I have a saying that I live by: “There are three sides to every story: your side, my side and then the truth.” 

After reading your coverage of the cancellation of Spring for Sound it was not clear to me that you provided all sides of the story. 

The problem with morality

People use the words “tribalism” and “opposite sides” to describe American moral ethos these days and I feel they are labeling to outcome, not the cause. If we do not understand the cause, the core reasons for people’s decisions, for their seemingly intractable immoral positions, then they will never have any reason for listening, for reevaluating their position in the coming years. Whole civilizations have faltered in these divisive circumstances before.

Teachers should be evaluated for flexibility

A student is about more than a test score. 

That’s the philosophy behind the many teachers and union representatives who went to Albany in support of a new bill to change the state’s reliance on test scores for teacher evaluations. 

A press conference organized by the state teachers’ union, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), was held on Tuesday, May 8. Local representatives attended, including three from the North East (Webutuck) Central School District. Webutuck Teachers’ Union President Rebecca Garrard was among them.

A recent ICE arrest in Amenia

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Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 5-10-18

Many thanks

A big thank you to the Village Highway Department crew person who cleaned the sidewalks. 

My husband and I walk around the village frequently and noticed the difference from a couple of weeks ago. There had been one area, on Maple Avenue, between Fish Street and Park Street that had so much gravel on it you wouldn’t have known there was a sidewalk underneath. 

Keep up the good work. It’s appreciated.

Diane Walters

Millerton

Serious copyright and patent issues facing the United States deserve attention

Basically, copyright and patent protection is a way to give the little person a fair chance to make their mark in business, art and society. How do these protections work? When filed with the proper office, you get a piece of paper that says your invention (whether it be words on the page or a description of a mechanical device or a design) is indeed yours and the clock starts ticking. 

Here’s how to help protect young athletes from injury

One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do everything they can to keep their sons and daughters from getting hurt.

Continuing the gun control discussion

The irony was not lost on America: guns were banned from the NRA convention in Dallas last week, at speeches given by President Trump and Vice President Pence on Friday, May 4. The speeches were in favor of gun owners and gun rights and critical of stricter gun control.

New strategy: Space is only GOP business

Hidden in the background noise of world affairs leaking and being generated from the White House was the appointment and swearing in of Congressman Jim Bridenstine as new head of NASA, who said, “NASA represents what is best about the United States of America: We lead, we discover, we pioneer and we inspire.”