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The dangerous pleasure of being right

Declogging drains — the safe way

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the chemicals we use to unclog backed-up drains are harmful to our health and the environment. Can you suggest safer alternative products or methods?

Amy Smith

Rome, N.Y.

 

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 2-22-18

Another tragedy: Why does nothing change?

On Saturday, I drove past town halls and fire stations with flags at half mast, for the 17 high school students and teachers killed last week in Florida. I returned home to receive “Work Week with Rep. Faso,” and his “Statement on the Shooting.” 

One more shooting spree …

Columbine, 1999 (12 dead, 20 wounded). 

Santana High School, Santee, Calif., 2001 (two dead, 13 wounded). 

Red Indian Lake Reservation, 2005 (nine dead, several wounded). 

Nickel Mines, Pa., one-room Amish schoolhouse, 2006 (five dead). 

Virginia Tech, 2007 (32 dead). 

Oakland’s Oikos University, 2012 (seven dead, three wounded). 

Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary, 2012 (26 dead). 

Roseburg’s Umpqua Community College, 2015 (nine dead). 

Thoughts and Prayers

Tomahawks may get nuclear heads

First, what’s a Tomahawk? A Tomahawk is a subsonic cruise missile. Long-range capability plus all-weather deployment make it a Navy favorite. You’ve seen them being fired from destroyers, submarines and other vessels toward Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Hard to detect, with ground following capability, they can sneak past defenses and pack a huge explosive punch.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 2-15-18

Looking for committee members

We are looking to add a new member(s) to the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee for the town of North East and the village of Millerton. 

Anyone interested in being considered for this committee, please send a letter of interest with your qualifications to  the North East Town Board or the Village of Millerton Board of Trustees. The Town Hall is at 19 North Maple Ave., Millerton 12546; the Village Hall is at 21 Dutchess Ave., Millerton 12546.

Do we all love a parade?

Our president, known for being a Hollywood showman, once again proved his predilection for the flamboyant when he suggested the country host a military parade in Washington. Preliminaries are underway, though no date has been set or details offered.

Parade

Science and the English language

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the former Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced that seven words should not be used in CDC budget requests. She was trying to help CDC staff escape the surveillance of budgeters. Dr. Fitzgerald just resigned because of a problem with her tobacco stock, but her greater sin was toying with the English language. Such comical censorship always summons the genie and genius of George Orwell. She should have read his 1950 essay “Politics and the English Language.”