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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Mental health services endangered

The County Account

This week’s announcement of the state’s closure of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center (HRPC) and accompanying community residences is a step in the wrong direction. At a time when Dutchess County is already facing a record number of housing-out of mental health patients to other counties (87 in March), we will now be doubling this number due to HRPC’s October closure.

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Dolls and Sarah

Editorial Cartoon

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The beauty of cleanliness

The Millerton News Editorial

Cleaning trash from the sides of the roadway may not sound like much fun to some, but to Amenia Councilwoman Vicki Doyle there are few better ways to spend the weekend. It’s not because she enjoys picking up litter, but because she relishes the end result — a cleaner, brighter, more eco-friendly town.

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What’s the mutter?

The Country Curmudgeon

In the Bill Murray movie, “What About Bob?” Murray states that there are two kinds of people: those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don’t like Neil Diamond. And so it is with dogs.
Here comes the neighbor with a new puppy. He is all over me, muddy paws and sloppy wet kisses. I meant the puppy. He is actually just licking me. Something about the salt on your skin. It also helps if you have just eaten a McRib sandwich.

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Dutchess redistricting begins, outcome unknown

Th County Account

Speculation about political races is almost as fascinating to political watchers as uncertainty about the redistricting of legislative districts is daunting.

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An unholy alliance

A View From the Edge

I received my medical insurance renewal quote the other day: up a whopping 20 percent. When I called the insurance company, I was told — in the middle of hints that “Obama-care made us do it” — that the real reason was that malpractice claims are up: “Doctors have more claims made against them.”
In other words, it is the doctors’ fault. Said another way, this is like “the devil made me do it.” Here are a few facts:

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Do they use chemicals to grow soy? Is that unhealthy?

EarthTalk

Dear Earth Talk: How healthy is soy? I heard that, despite its healthy image, most soy is grown using chemicals like other crops and is even being genetically modified.
D. Frinka
Syracuse, N.Y.
Food products made with soy have enjoyed great popularity in the United States and elsewhere in recent years. Two decades ago, Americans spent $300 million a year on soy food products; today we spend over $4 billion.

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Osama bin Laden

The Millerton News Editorial

Every citizen of the United States took the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, personally, for good reason. They were attacks on the very core of our civilization, with the intent of destroying not only the more than 3,000 lives they took, but also the fabric of our society. But in the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden as the result of a U.S. military operation this week, it became clear that for those who were children and teens at the time, the attacks were very personal and a defining moment in their young lives.

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Alabama

Editorial Cartoon

Cartoon by Dianne Engleke of Millerton

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Clothes shopping fatigue

The Country Curmudgeon

I hate to shop, especially for clothes. This is fairly common in the male of the species. We tend to want to get into the store, get what we need and get out. Shopping is a chore, not recreation.
Clothes shopping is the worst. You might think grocery shopping would be, but at least there are beer, pizza and other foods in the cheese family at the Stop & Shop, and we can decide how much of this to buy — a lot.

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