Letters to the Editor

I was pleased to see your editorial promoting the end of suburban planning and supporting open space.  But you didn’t address the equally antiquated real property laws that have encouraged suburban development.

When unused open space (by people, that is) is taxed at its maximum potential value, it only follows that it will fall to development, as that is where the maximum value lies.  If these undeveloped open spaces survive, they only serve to subsidize the partially developed areas, which continue to enjoy relatively low taxes.  Once land is developed, and the open space disappears, taxes rise and the inefficiency of suburban living is realized. 

One improvement would be to use income taxes to pay for schools.  School districts would become more uniform if Federal taxes were distributed equally for educational purposes.  This measure would, by itself, slow suburbanization.   


Jane Geisler



October 25, 2014

The right to vote is the foundation of any democracy. This year on Election Day, Tuesday Nov 4th, we will vote with a paper ballot when voting for Governor, Senator, Representatives, Etc.  Please remember to flip the ballot over since there are 5 proposals on the back, 3 from the State and 2 specifically for Amenia voters.

Amenia Planning Board has received a letter related to bonding the completion of construction of the various phases of the golf course and of the infrastruture necessary for the completion of the project.

Because the current level of construction of the golf course is extensive, involving multiple earth-moving machines and changing the contours of the landscape, the town is properly concerned that the work be completed properly.  The town has asked for a completion bond to secure risk the town might face if the developer should fail and abandon the project mid-stream. 

The developer declined to furnish a completion bond, but has offered a cash sum in lieu of a completion bond.

The following letter addresses this issue.  

To the Editor:

We are concerned that the meetings of the Special Populations Workgroup established by the County Executive to plan for the new jail remain closed to the public.  This is the most critical workgroup to provide a foundation for reducing recidivism and ultimately the number of individuals housed at the jail.  No credible explanation has been provided for closing the meetings.

Since 2008, the number of social workers at the jail has been reduced from three to one.  People in the transitions program receive significantly less counseling.  Allocating only $150,000 of the projected savings from bringing the offenders back to Dutchess County to programs suggests a lack of genuine commitment to reform.

Dear Editor,

 Your August 27, 2014 “Nature Walk” column kindly featured an enthusiastic piece titled “Touring Innisfree Gardens,” for which we are grateful.  A few errors should be corrected, however, so that the community has accurate information.

  To the editor,       This is in response to two articles which have appeared in the Millbrook Independent regarding the alleged oil spill and contamination at the Washed Aggregate Resources, Inc gravel mine in Amenia, in order to correct the record.   

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