The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint


Dangers of crying wolf

In a time when we hear accusations of “fake news” come from the most powerful man in the world on a near-daily basis, we cannot afford to have people make up stories that could tear this nation apart.

That, however, is exactly what “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is believed to have done following his claims of a bias attack in late January. Smollett said he was brutally attacked by two men who made racial and homophobic slurs, beat him, threw an unknown chemical on him and placed a noose around his neck. 

What biology tells us about addiction

Second of a series on opioids


The back of the line

I admit it. I probably don’t realize how often I should be asking a question until suddenly I’m stunned by the answer. This is what happened when I read “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,” by Jose Antonio Vargas, a successful journalist, immigration activist, and perhaps our most famous undocumented American. For years, I’ve heard people complain: They don’t have a problem with immigrants, what they mind is the ones who’ve come here illegally. Why don’t these people play by the rules and go to the back of the line? 

Indicators of sci-fi future

While we all get distracted by the body (im)politic there is a ton of news the major media people are not covering for you. Readers of this column will know I focus often on aviation since it tends to be a signpost for what are good — and bad — indicators of progress.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — February 1919

The heaviest snowfall of the winter occurred Saturday night, about seven or eight inches of “the beautiful” covering the ground. However, the warm sun of Sunday caused it to melt very rapidly and spoiled any chance of good sleighing.


Found — A bunch of 12 door keys and buttonhook on road near Baker Field. Owner can secure same by applying to curator at Hotchkiss School.



Celebrating the FFA

From Feb. 16 through Feb. 23, students around the United States — and here in our neck of the woods — are celebrating National FFA Week. Once called Future Farmers of America, the FFA encompasses so much more than just farming these days.

Make no mistake about it — the agriculture industry is huge. It’s vitally important to our future, and to the health and wealth of our country. Right here, in the Harlem Valley, we’re especially in tune with ag-related businesses and lifestyles.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 2-21-19

Thanks for a warm welcome

As I write this, I have completed my third full week as library director at the Millbrook Library. 

While I still have a lot to learn, one thing is clear: Millbrook is a vibrant, active and engaged community. I am thrilled that I get to be a part of it.

Most especially, I am looking forward to getting to know all of you. When next you are in the library, please stop by to introduce yourself.

Lessons learned in how to cover demagogues, from one era to another

I’ve been professionally involved in the news — reporting, editing, opining — since the June day in 1955 when I went to work for The Intelligencer, the morning paper in Wheeling, West Virginia.

That first newspaper is in the history books today because it assigned a reporter to cover the annual meeting of the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club on a February evening in 1950. The speaker, an obscure junior senator from Wisconsin, informed the women that he had in his hand the names of 205 communists currently employed by the U.S. Department of State.