Editorial Page

  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...
  Amazon was the subject of a long and revealing article in last week’s New Yorker.  George Packer is a seasoned journalist who knows how to dig, and dig he did.   He found out that Amazon demands up-front payments from publishers to give what consumers think is unbiased commentary...
  To the editor,       It was with great dismay and then anger when I read your editorial in the March 5, 2014 issue of the Millbrook Independent.  Yes, Heidi Otto did bring heartache and controversy to the Town of Washington - 10  years ago.  I do not dispute...