Failed towns and states…

In response to Millerton resident John Walter’s letter to the editor in the May 14 issue of The Millerton News entitled, “The pains of over-restrictive zoning,” I say, “Well done, John.” 

I will add my own comments to his opinion. 

What John speaks of is not the recent result of COVID-19, but an ongoing, long-term decay of our area towns and villages and their representative states due to manipulative politics, lawyers and a public not caring or keeping their eyes “on the ball.” 

We, myself included, have allowed our communities and states to be hijacked by overzealous self interest and self-serving individuals. I agree with John. Millerton, Hillsdale and Copake, and in Connecticut, Cornwall, Danbury and Falls Village,   amongst a few, had been thriving communities in the past. They were vibrant, active towns.  

I ask you all one simple question. I hope, but doubt, many will answer honestly. Why is it that every failed state in this nation is controlled by a particular political party? I’m independent. I don’t take sides. I vote for the well being and security of my town and this still-great nation. I take my voting responsibility seriously, as should you. Be responsible when you vote. The consequences may come back to haunt you. 

Thank you, John Walters. Keep up the good fight. 


Millerton resident Larry Conklin is a Vietnam veteran and a member of both the Millerton American Legion Post 178 and the Couch-Pipa VFW Post 6851 in North Canaan, Conn.  

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