The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Boompah, Pop-Pops arise!

The Country Curmudgeon

Years ago, Jimmy Stewart and Maureen O’Hara made a movie about a family vacation with their children and grandchildren. Stewart discovers that his grandson has adopted the name Boompah for him, evidently preferring this to grandpa. He is horrified.

It seems like yesterday when we were all excited about my grandson’s imminent birth. Shortly after his arrival, reality intruded. I was now a grandparent. This could not be! A mistake has been made! I am too young to be a — uh, you know.

Nation must regain focus on education

A View From the Edge

Historically, America has been at the forefront of education. We have some of the oldest institutions of middle school, high school and higher education. We were among the first nations to construct and finance public education. And ever since the beginning of our nation in 1776, education has been the backbone of America’s security.

With Ivy League colleges and land-grant universities, America has always had an eye to higher education, specialized talents and much needed intellectual ability. But for most Americans, education stops with what was and is provided as a public right.

Creating jobs in Dutchess County

The County Account

In our current economy where unemployment remains high, people are looking to the government for solutions. While job creation is not a traditional governmental role, creating and fostering environments ripe for economic development and job creation has become an expectation among the electorate.

In September and October, the County Legislature received reports from the county Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Workforce Investment Board on their efforts to revitalize the county’s economic health.

What are the most efficient light bulbs for us to use?

Earth Talk

Dear EarthTalk: What are the greenest light bulbs to use? I hear there has been a lot of backlash against compact fluorescents because they contain mercury.

— Peter Roscoe, Hershey, Pa.

Police show true colors

The Millerton News Editorial

The village of Millbrook will remain in blue, and keep local police coverage now and in the future, as it has had for so many years in the past.

The issue was raised at a recent Village Board meeting just as it’s been raised during countless conversations among village residents throughout the years. At the root of those discussions are two questions — whether Millbrook needs to keep its own force and if it’s legally required to do so.

Last week Millbrook Mayor Laura Hurley cleared up any confusion regarding the matter, after conferring with Village Attorney Rebecca Valk.

Childhood: You have to risk it

Consider This

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Billings, Mont., at the same time as the NILE Rodeo. It seemed like a perfect evening’s entertainment, so I bought tickets for my son and me, and off we went. Occasionally when I’m channel-surfing I’ll pause to watch a bit of bull riding or bronco busting, but that pales in comparison to being in an arena filled with cowboys, ranchers, farm hands and others whose history and livelihoods are tied to these daredevil sports. The rancher sitting next to me had a reticence that never betrayed what his own experience might be.

Tread carefully with cloud storage services

A View From the Edge

Decades ago, most small savers kept their money under the mattress, in a cookie jar or hidden on their property. All over New England, metal detectors are being used to find stashes of saved coins in trees, old barn foundations or secret vaults in open fields.

Housekeeping for men

The Country Curmudgeon

Women are often amazed and appalled at the way men approach housekeeping. In the past I have made some casual references to the fact that men have a different outlook here.

I had an uncle whom I visited from time to time whose home had an interior that looked like a series of game trails. Stuff was piled everywhere except where access was required. It was kind of fun walking around, kind of like one of those corn mazes. How did this happen? I will try to explain how our minds work.

Letters to the Editor - November 3

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A comic strip relates to our present climate crisis

The Country Curmudgeon

I have on my wall a framed Calvin and Hobbes comic strip by Bill Watterson from years ago. Calvin is a child and Hobbes is his stuffed toy tiger that comes alive in Calvin’s imagination.

Simply because it is fun, Calvin and Hobbes are hurtling down a hill in a wagon, obviously out of control.  Calvin makes the observation that ignorance truly is bliss. He goes on to say that once you know things, you start seeing problems everywhere.