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I’m wearing my Québec baseball cap as this Saturday, July 1, is Canada’s 150th birthday as an independent nation and that achievement deserves notice.

I shouldn’t have to explain the importance of Canada to the United States and to the world. It’s the Canadian Niagara Falls that everyone oohs at. It’s the Canadians who were a solid force at Vimy Ridge during World War I. It’s from Newfoundland that Cyrus Field sent the first trans-Atlantic cable message. It’s Canada that showed us the snowmobile, the artificial heart and women jet-...

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Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-27-17

Great music and kindness from community

I often bike through your community on the Rail Trail and recently I was so impressed with your small town, big community event, Spring for Sound, the music festival with six stages featuring talent from all over the region including Connecticut. Such a nice community family atmosphere. I’m sure you absolutely love your town and region. Well … SO DO I! Just lovely. Keep up the fine work in your community. I was there to bike but will be back next year to spend much more time at your event.  

Genetic changes all around

As an agrarian people, humans have been messing with genetics for hundreds of thousands of years. Yes, that long. Every time you decide what two cattle to breed together — this one gives more milk, that one has more meat — you are doing what Mother Nature maybe wouldn’t do. In the case of artificial insemination (and most cattle are now developed this way), you are literally taking two animals that have no contact with each other and breeding them together.

Summer is the perfect time; libraries are the perfect place

When summertime rolls around, parents often wonder how to best occupy their children’s time. School no longer being in session, children are often left to fend for their own entertainment. That’s not even beginning to address hopes that children could also be learning something during those long and lazy afternoons.

Wich Hunt

Plastic waste put to good use

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways companies are using plastic waste from the ocean in their products to take a stand for the environment?

Simone LaTourneau

Boston

 

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-20-17

I appreciate the coverage

Dear Whitney Joseph and Kaitlin Lyle,

Once more you have hit the mark. The most enlightening and clarifying article, in The Millerton News issue of July 13 regarding  Days For Girls, Empowering Women on Global Level, and the editorial in the same issue, are necessary and brilliant pieces.

Volvo’s embrace of electric cars — the beginning of the end of the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine?

Dear EarthTalk: Does Volvo’s embrace of electric cars signal the beginning of the end of the gas-powered internal combustion engine?

Macy Vigneault

New Orleans, La.

 

Volvo has announced that it will only sell hybrid and electric cars beginning in 2019, signaling a shift in the auto industry as a whole toward more fuel-efficient cars that can help reduce drivers’ carbon footprints and fuel costs.

Has no one here read any John le Carré novels?

Russia has only 145 million people, less than half the number living in the U.S. Eighty million of them actually work (40 percent for the government). Their economy is less robust than that of California. 

Russia’s goal, accepted by the intelligence committees of the United States for more than 20 years, is to “seek to legitimize its rule through managed elections, populist appeals, a foreign policy focused on enhancing the country’s geopolitical influence …” (CIA official report).

The proof is in the emails

We’ve said it on this page before and we’ll likely say it again: intent counts.

Case in point? The scandal created by Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian attorney before the November elections, to learn information harmful to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Black Lung