Today is another hot and humid day in a summer that has seen many of them. Despite recent rains, the rivers remain low and the sun is bright and my garden still thirsts for rain. Some folks like it hot and muggy but I am not one of them. Today is the kind of day I wish I were at the beach, rather than in a room without air conditioning.

Actually, my garden is doing well this summer because I have carefully weeded and watered it and all that warm sunshine is making my vegetables grow with vigor. The dry weather also means there is less powdery mildew on the leaves of the wild...

The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 2-14-19

Hello Friends of NECC

I am honored and excited to be a part of NECC and a new resident of Millerton. Joining the team here at the North East Community Center was the most uplifting way to start the New Year.   

My entire life has been about service, community and leadership. I believe strongly in community and creating opportunities, training, support and most of all hope and joy. I believe in compassion and by showing kindness you can bring out the best in people.

Memory overload and obliteration

Modern humans, especially, are being forced to plot their own demise. We all talk about overload — overload at work — overload of media—overload of opinion — overload of social media — the list seems endless. The truth is, all these pressures are self-inflicted.

Recycling beverage containers

‘Pepsi Cola hits the spot, 12 full ounces that’s a lot, twice as much for a nickel too, Pepsi Cola is the drink for you.’


This little jingle from the1930s sounds quaint today. As recently as the 1950s, Pepsi, Coke and other carbonated soft drinks typically sold in grocery stores and coin-operated vending machines for just 5 cents; if you returned the bottle, and most people did, you would get 2 cents back, meaning your drink itself cost only 3 cents! 


Letters to the Editor - The Millerton News - 2-7-19

Way to go

I applaud the decision of our new member of Congress, Rep. Antonio Delgado (D NY-19) to convene a meeting with local constituents. I wish him well. 

I also wish to contest his quote that “we weren’t founded on principles — we were founded on aspirations.” 

Please explain the ‘Green New Deal’

Dear EarthTalk: What is the so-called Green New Deal proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and is Congress likely to go for it?

Mark Talarico

Brooklyn, N.Y.


Revisiting the dream

We live in a time when principles, values and profits are so interchangeable that I would assume that there was a correlation between the timing of the showcasing the recent movie, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and the recent commemoration day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

What exactly is Defense?


Is all quiet?

Loud noises and smelly fumes are considered a nuisance by most. That’s the premise behind the recently-proposed nuisance ordinance in the town of Pine Plains. More than a noise ordinance, the proposed law would target minibikes and motorbikes that make their way through the small hamlet on a regular basis.