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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

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.

Letters to the Editor - The Millerton News - 11-15-18

Disservice to taxpayers

The Amenia Town Board did an unfortunate disservice to Amenia taxpayers by overriding the tax cap with the 2019 Budget.  By their action, Amenia taxpayers with a STAR exemption will not receive a refund check from New York state in 2019. 

When I approached Councilwoman Vicki Doyle about the rebate she agreed and said “Well, it is only $150 for me.”  Well, Ms. Doyle and all Town Board members, $150 is very important to seniors and others on fixed income.

Your coffee habit may contribute to deforestation

Dear EarthTalk: I drink a lot of coffee and I’m wondering how bad this is for the environment? And how I can make sure I’m feeding my three-cup-a-day habit in the greenest way possible?

Denny Mahon

Worcester, Mass.

 

100 years after World War I

November the 11th, last Sunday, was the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. To start with the original name was The Great War and only got called the First when we started the Second. And words from that time have lasted throughout the century since.  And some are very apt especially today.

Experience

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.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 11-8-18

Thanks for the warm clothing

On behalf of the parishioners of All Saints of America Orthodox Church in Salisbury, I would like to thank all the people of the Tri-state area who helped us with our winter clothing giveaway. The donations of warm clothing from the community were overwhelming. 

Taming of the wild leaf blower: consider using an old-fashioned rake

Dear EarthTalk: When will those gasoline driven leaf blowers that gardeners use be outlawed? The noise and toxic fumes they emit can’t be good for us. 

— Judy, via email

 

Manned space, Mascot and Hayabusa2

While NASA waits for the Russians to test and reprove their launch vehicle for putting astronauts/cosmonauts on the International Space Station (the last flight was aborted and the two crew safely returned to Earth) ... the crew of three in orbit will have to extend their stay for at least four months. Why? Because the ISS cannot be left unattended, it would fall or destabilize in orbit. 

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