The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Self-preservationists know, signs are everywhere

As a child, you learn to recognize the signs confronting you. You look up at the sky and see clouds rolling in, grey clouds, and you know to leave the field before a downpour. On the playground, you see a bunch of kids gathering, see their body language, their peering over at you or your group and are forewarned that conflict is about to begin.

Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 12-7-17

To the voters of Amenia …

Thank you for all of your support and voting for me to reach a third term as town of Amenia supervisor. 

I believe that the future of Amenia is bright and I will continue to keep working for quality of life improvements for all of our residents.

Victoria Perotti



What’s a gift idea for a strict vegan recipient?

Dear EarthTalk:  I’m looking for cool holiday gift ideas for a strident vegan who won’t tolerate items that make use of animals or animal products. Any ideas? 

Doug Halpern

Washington D.C.


A single vote mattered

If ever there was a lesson in how government works in the real world, it’s this: One vote can make a difference. Prime example? Election results for the town supervisor’s race in Pine Plains look like they have changed since Election Day.

The change is due to the counting of affidavit and absentee ballots, which occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving.

Too Rich

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 11-30-17

Sports dinner a satisfying event

On Friday, Nov. 17, I had the pleasure of attending the Millbrook High School Sports Hall of Fame Dinner at the Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club. This event was attended by close to 150 people, both former students and their family members.

Lies pretending to be truth are common

In the United States, we have a two-party system. No, we don’t. We have Libertarians, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Peace & Freedom, Independence, Tea Party, Socialist, Christian Liberty, Citizens Party, Communist, Constitution, and another 40 or so. It is generally accepted that Congress is a two-party governing body, but tell that to the Tea Party or the Freedom Caucus.  The system may be two-party, but the individual members are clearly not in any sort of agreement or moral positions.

Are there survivors besides the ivory-billed woodpecker?

Dear EarthTalk: Whatever became of the rediscovered ivory-billed woodpecker that we thought we had lost to extinction? What other animals that we thought went extinct have “come back” from the dead?

Betsey Edgewater

Austin, Tex.


When drivers put students at riskm

We all know the basics: look both ways before crossing, slow down when approaching oncoming traffic and come to a halt when you see a stopped school bus. Sounds simple enough. But surprisingly, there are those drivers who either don’t know or simply don’t care about safe driving laws — putting everyone in harm’s way and endangering the youngest in our community.

Tax Reform