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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

County Legislature has been working

The County Account

In the first quarter of 2011, the County Legislature made progress on several fronts.

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Update on solar cells

A View From the Edge

Readers of this column may remember our praise for NASA’s invention of the photovoltaic cell and, especially, the wait while advanced photovoltaic cell materials — solar cells — are allowed to trickle down from national secrecy needs (especially the solar cell material printed on a photocopier).
Hopes that this material would be released to public consumption have been delayed, mainly by Department of Defense needs to maintain U.S. superiority in space. In space, portable energy is everything, since you cannot plug in anywhere. Anyway, all that seems about to change.

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Why is it necessary to declare clean water a ‘human right’?

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: Recently the U.N. voted to declare access to safe and clean water a “human right.” Isn’t that a no-brainer? What are the ramifications of this declaration?
P. James
Boston, Mass.
In July 2010 the United Nations (U.N.) agreed to a new resolution declaring the human right to “safe and clean drinking water and sanitation.” One hundred twenty-two nations voted in favor of the resolution; 41 (primarily developed) countries abstained; and there were zero “no” votes.

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Martin Luther King

Editorial Cartoon

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Strategic materials

The Country Curmudgeon

I am constantly amazed at our misuse of resources. Take aluminum, for example. This is a strategic material. We use it in our aircraft to defend America. We also package our beer and soda in it and then bury massive quantities of the empties in dumps.
How did this all start? I have a CD from the 1950s with one of the first radio commercials for no deposit no return glass bottles. The announcer is positively ecstatic. No more bothersome returning empties to the store. Just throw ’em in the trash!
I think I remember that it somehow felt wrong.

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Help on way for public transport in Dutchess

The County Account

Those of us who have chosen the rural life know that country charm comes with a price. We must travel farther for amenities and sacrifice conveniences for the tranquility of our rural lifestyles. For some of our neighbors, however, the distance to reach medical care, grocery stores or employment can be a struggle, especially for our seniors and those without access to a vehicle of their own.

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Trusting a politician’s word (or not)

A View From The Edge

They say that actions speak louder than words, but most times all we have to go on are words. Words inspire, words convince us to agree or disagree, and words, and only words, are what we first hear from politicians.
The problem is, everything is upside down in America now. What was once the central core of Republican political ethics has been tossed aside, often to the Democratic Party, and vice versa.
Following are some apt quotes for our times by some of our nation’s past great leaders. Try and remember what party these presidents were members of, it may surprise you.

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The probation department assumes many roles

The County Account
KelseyESQ@yahoo.com

The Dover Probation Office merged with the Millbrook office in early 2011. This month, their county director received a state award for the department’s innovative and proactive strategies.
So what exactly does a probation office do? After reading the 2009 Probation Department’s Annual Report, it became clear to me that probation today is a lot more than meets the eye.

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Chamber’s trade fest is boon to the region

The Millerton News Editorial

It was brisk and sunny on Sunday, March 27, an ideal day for the 19th annual Tri-State Chamber Buy Local Festival, held once again at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Conn. What a day it was — with high turnout and high energy to the end. It was the most successful trade show the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce has seen during its nearly two-decade run. Estimates put crowds at somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000, a new record for the event.

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Transparency and timeliness with budgets

The Millerton News Editorial

Budgeting is not easy. It’s not easy for children to save their pennies for comic books, teens to save their weekend pay for college, parents to save their paychecks for mortgages or our towns, villages, states or even our nation to save tax dollars for infrastructure, Social Security, defense, health care or education. Which brings us to our schools — they have to budget, too.

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