Editorial Page

  The latest word from the intelligence world is that the United States will not assure the German government that it will not eavesdrop on their private, secret, confidential conversations or hack into their computer systems, even if it is illegal to do so under German law. We suspect it is...
  Dutchess County arrests more people than we have jail space to house. Our county jail located in Poughkeepsie houses 257 inmates. An additional 200 inmates are transported to jails in other counties whereby Dutchess County pays rent and transportation costs to shuttle the inmates back and...
  Jails are not popular, not with those inside them and not with those outside them who have to pay for those who are inside.  The cost of the jail is embarrassing, especially since much of the cost goes to housing inmates “out”, meaning in jails run by other counties plus the cost of...
by Kevin McEneaney
  To the editor,  
Once again voters will be asked to pass a school budget. Most voters will know little or nothing about the school budget. How can a small town like Millbrook have a school budget amounting to $27 million? How can it cost $27,000 a student for the 185 days of the average school year?  How can...
We recently looked at the website of Johnson & Wales University.  University? It’s a cooking school.  How can a cooking school become a university?  By calling its teachers “professors”, by granting them tenure? By making courses in the practicalities of hospitality a field of...
  A master plan is supposed to lay out the thinking and provide a basis for land use measures such as zoning, subdivisions and the making of decisions on when, how and where to develop residential, business, commercial or industrial uses. It should provide the basis of the town’s decision-...
by Kevin McEneaney
  To The Editor:       The recent letter to the editor, “Heidi Otto Remembered” written by Stephen Kaye, distorts and misrepresents the facts.      
  Last week, at a town board meeting on March 27, the town supervisor of Amenia and her friends took considerable pains to defend the hamlet’s water district from the critique offered in our front-page story in the March 19 issue.   Our reporter had not manufactured the information but...