The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Some things improve in afterlife

Reading the press accolades for the late President George H.W. Bush, it was difficult to reconcile today’s “revered statesman” with the “wimp” label the media pinned on him in office.

As vice president and then president in the 1980s and early 1990s, Bush was portrayed by the press as an out-of-touch bumbler, a national joke on late-night TV and in newsrooms. White House correspondents delighted in catching Bush in gaffes and in pointing out what, in their liberal view, were his wrong-headed policy positions, which was just about all of them.

What have I learned so far?

I remember when I was a very young child, every summer my family vacationed at the beach and visited a friend of my father’s who lived there. He was a fisherman delivering seafood for the local restaurants. And as soon as he saw me, he would ask the same question he had asked every summer: “Hey kid, tell me, what did you learn in the school this year?”

Good will prevails

December is halfway over and the holidays fast approaching — never is the spirit of giving more evident than at this time of year.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 12-13-18

From Dutchess County Legislator Gregg Pulver

The past month has been great for the environment and taxpayers in Dutchess County. I wanted to take the time to let you know about three big projects happening right here in Dutchess.

I remember when I met the president …

On July 18, 1994, I attended a baseball game at then Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. Considered one of the most handicapped accessible at the time, the newly constructed stadium had opened three months earlier and just shy of four years after the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. I had traveled to Ohio with my stepfather and was eager to experience the wheelchair friendly ballpark.

A trillion dollars+ per year

Putting aside the sleight-of-hand accounting that results in defense programs actually costing many hundreds of billions of dollars each year more than the budget calls for, the fact is that the United States spends more on defense and armaments than the next six big spenders combined. 

Why do we do this? Is it to promote democracy? Is it to protect the American Way against all comers? Is it to enforce our political and diplomatic will on others?

Mississippi’s election results are troubling

If the recent runoff for a seat in the U.S. Senate in the state of Mississippi is any indication, race continues to be a volatile issue in this country. The fact that Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith won the campaign, after making racially charged statements that should have sent black voters running to the polls, also speaks of how difficult it is to get people to vote. These are two separate issues, each troubling.

Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 12-6-18

Good crowd for breakfast

On Sunday, Nov. 18, the Amenia Fire Company held their monthly pancake breakfast. 

We were pleased to have a nice crowd of 182 people in attendance to enjoy a hearty meal. 

We rely on the breakfasts to raise much-needed money for general operations and we always appreciate the support of the community. 

We thank everyone who attends our meals throughout the year and we hope to see you again for the next one on Dec. 16.

Andy Murphy

The apple of our eyes

Go into just about any supermarket right now and what do you see? Bins and bins of gorgeous red, green and golden apples. The harvest is overwhelming, but some apples are worth more than others.

If you are like me, an average consumer, it takes about 23 minutes to do your grocery shopping, according to Proctor and Gamble. During that space of time, I buy an average of 18 items out of maybe 40,000 choices.  I have little time to browse and, most of the time, I don’t even check the prices, which brings me back to the apple cart.