The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

21st century water mapping in the pipeline

The village of Millerton is well on its way to having a completed map of its water system. This might not sound like a big deal, but it is.

That’s because once the entire water district is documented, the water operator and working supervisor can more easily pinpoint trouble spots: leaks, breaks, ruptures, etc.

Sinking ship

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 11-2-17

Community deserves Pearson

Eastern Dutchess has a stable economy and strong assets, but we must address our challenges to translate these strengths into continued prosperity. This means collaborating with county government to thoughtfully mitigate resident concerns; and it means electing representatives who actively engage citizens and advocate for our priorities. In Dutchess County’s 25th District, including the Towns of Washington, Amenia and Pleasant Valley, this means electing Jimmy Pearson as County Legislator.

Is the TSA problem solved yet?

The value of voting

Let’s keep this short and sweet. It’s the beginning of November. Elections are only days away.

It’s our duty as American citizens to get to the polls and elect those we believe are best suited to govern. Whether we are electing local leaders or the next president, the responsibility is ours to bear. 

Running for office in an oft-times thankless world isn’t easy. Those who do should be lauded, but more importantly, they should be given the respect of our vote. 

Climate geoengineering

Dear EarthTalk: What is so-called green patent sharing and how does it work?

Bill Gilmore

Albuquerque, N.M.


The idea behind so-called green patent sharing is that researchers, inventors and companies can share the rights to make, use or incorporate certain patented technologies that benefit the environment, theoretically expediting the development of energy efficiency, pollution prevention, recycling, water conservation and other advances for the common good.

Sheffield Road in Amenia — and milk

Sheffield Road in Amenia is only about four-tenths of a mile long as it enters off of Route 343 (on the way toward Sharon, Conn.) across from Mygatt Road and up to Prospect Street and the top of Depot Hill, but its milk history is interesting, especially as much of an original farm building is still there. 

Cakes for Gays

Protecting children from hazards

Dear EarthTalk: How can we keep our kids safe from environmental hazards all around us in our everyday lives?
Jennifer Nichols
Wareham, M.A.
Children are affected by the same environmental hazards as adults, only they’re more vulnerable, given their smaller size and the fact that their bodies are still developing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), harmful exposures can start as early as in utero.

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Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 10-26-17

Believes in community

I moved to Millerton almost 25 years ago for my job and wanted to be part of this quaint little town. So within three years I was part of the Zoning Board for the village and a year later a Village Trustee. I became part of the American Legion auxiliary in Millerton and have been a member for 20 years. I joined the Millerton Fire Department and served as an EMT for 10 years, one of those years as the captain.

I believed in this community and wanted to make it the best it could be alongside my best friend, Mariley Najdek.