Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 9-6-18

CROP Hunger Walk helps ease hunger in Tri-state region

I’ve been reading with interest the articles that Carol Kneeland has written in her series about hunger and food insecurity in our area. It’s a wonderful thing that so many food banks and food pantries exist here so that all of us working together can be sure that no one in our communities go hungry.

I’d like to mention that every year about 350 people walk in the Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk to raise money to alleviate hunger right here in our area. As the coordinator of this walk I’m always thrilled to see so many people come out to walk from local schools and churches. We have individual walkers and teams from New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The money we raise supports local food banks as well as allows us to have a voucher program in which many local pastors participate. Vouchers can be redeemed at Stop and Shop in Canaan or La Bonne’s in Salisbury.

This year our CROP Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School.  We welcome all individuals as well as school, church and local business teams who would like to walk any distance. 

Please call Pastor Heidi Truax at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lime Rock for more information on walking with us: 860-435-2627. 

The Rev. Heidi Truax

Trinity Episcopal Church

Lakeville, Conn.


Faso’s campaign ignores issues

Just once I wish a national campaign could be fought on the issues, on what matters to us voters.

That’s not going to happen in District 19 this time, wealthy John Faso backers have made sure of that. Instead of touting Faso’s record or telling us what he’ll do for the district if re-elected, a big, expensive TV campaign smears the character of Antonio Delgado, his  Democratic opponent.

It’s not even Labor Day and the Faso machine is slinging toxic mud.

Character is important, no question. But attack ads reveal as much about the attacker as the attacked. In this instance, they reveal almost nothing about Antonio Delgado and everything about the Faso machine’s willingness to paint a false, degrading, macabre picture of its opponent.

All is fair in love and war, right? Except American politics is not war, it’s a contest of ideas. Otherwise, it’s what the Founders expressly sought to avoid: a contest of money, of power, of fear.

So far the Faso machine wants to make this election about money. What paid for the TV spend, according to ads themselves, is the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super-PAC run by retiring House leader Paul Ryan — who, one thought, was a man of dignity and honor. No more. Its contributors are secret, but reputed to be the ultra-conservative mob of Shelden Adelson (casinos), the Mercers (hedge fund), Paul Singer (hedge fund), the Uileins (Uline), the Koch brothers (oil & gas), and others. They are surely not what the Founders intended.

The Faso machine wants to manufacture fear: fear of a different race, fear of what urban rap music conjures for some residents of a rural and small-town New York district — among them people who still think Obama is an ISIS agent.

I can only hope my fellow District 19 voters are as nauseated by the Faso machine’s ads as I am, and that they see right through their disgusting insinuations to the funders and their nakedly self-serving agenda: Two more years of a politician who aligns with them at the expense of everyone else, of less government for ordinary people yet that works even harder for corporations and the point-one percent, of a country that’s becoming less a democracy with each passing day so a tiny class of ultra-rich conservatives can add to their power and pelf.

John Faso is the darling of this smug, self-anointed ruling class. Antonio Delgado has it so panicky, apparently, it’s already playing the race card.

I call on John Faso to renounce these racist ads by the Congressional Leadership Fund without reservation, and to wage a clean campaign of ideas from now on.

Tom Parrett



Support appreciated

The family of Mary Hardisty would like to thank everyone that offered support during our recent loss. 

The kind words, food, flowers and cards were so helpful and appreciated. 

We would also like to thank everyone that took time to attend the funeral mass on Saturday, Aug. 18. Such support and caring means more than we can say.

Laurie Hardisty



Performers sought for ‘Elf the Musical Jr.’

The town of Amenia is pleased to present its free performing arts program, led by Instructor Heather Holohan-Guarnieri. 

The program begins with an audition to perform in “Elf the Musical Jr.” on Friday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Amenia Town Hall. Students in second grade through high school are invited to register by Wednesday, Sept. 12, through the Amenia Town Clerk, Town Hall, 4988 Route 22. Registration forms are available at www.ameniany.gov, and at the Amenia Town Hall.  Rehearsals will be on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm, with a few additional sessions scheduled on Wednesday and Friday nights. 

Performances of “Elf the Musical Jr.” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m.

Participants should sign up for a 10-minute audition slot posted on the door to the Theater at the Amenia Town Hall or call the Town Clerk’s office at 845-373-8860, ext. 100. If students want to participate in the program but do not wish to audition, they may still sign up and will be given an ensemble role. To be considered for lead and supporting leads, students must audition.

For more information or to find out more about the audition on Friday, Sept. 14, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 845-373-8860, ext. 100.

Vicki Doyle

Amenia Councilwoman



Don’t miss Community Day

The Push Cart Derby at the 60th annual Stanford’s Community Day on  Sept. 15, is an event you won’t want to miss. Why? Because this year’s derby is a true community event. Carts are being made by local individuals, groups and businesses and prize money will be awarded for the fastest, most  aesthetic, humorous and the most recycled materials. A jury comprised of local artists and business owners will award the prize money that was donated  by local community members.

So, what is a pushcart derby? It’s a mighty competition, where creativity, humor,  design or speed set you apart from the pack. Built on the “Soapbox”  model, this pushcart derby differs in propulsion. The carts must be human powered by two or more people, one to push and one to steer. The derby is open to both children and adults. So, if you haven’t built your cart yet,  get busy. Don’t miss out on the greatest event of Stanford’s Community Day!

Stanford Community Day is Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. in front of the  Grange Hall, 6043 Route 82, Stanfordville, N.Y. A variety of events will take place at the Stanford Grange Hall and Stanford Recreation Fields including  food and bake sales provided by town organizations, musical entertainment by local bands, antique car show, push cart derby, children’s games, grandstand program featuring the Stissing Mountain High School Band and awarding of the  2018 Community Citizen Award, flower and vegetable show, World War I “Year of  the Veteran” information, and 60th anniversary fireworks in the evening with a free ice cream social from Stewart’s Shops.

Spend the day in Stanfordville. Experience hometown charm and old-fashioned fun at the 60th annual Stanford Community Day.

Kara O’Neill

Dover Plains