The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Teachers — underpaid or undervalued?

Teachers’ pay issues are sweeping the nation. And if you think they are not coming to a state, city or town near you, think again. A large part of the problem here is not money. Yes, money is the negotiating platform on both sides (how else do we Americans value anything these days), but the issue is a fundamental one that we have all overlooked.

Teaching is now a full-time job. It wasn’t until the last four decades.


Reflecting on violence and mental illness

Feb. 14, 2018. It was one year ago, and it was a very deadly day. Last Valentine’s Day was when accused shooter Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and fired at students and faculty alike. He wound up killing 17 and destroying many more lives.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 2-14-19

Hello Friends of NECC

I am honored and excited to be a part of NECC and a new resident of Millerton. Joining the team here at the North East Community Center was the most uplifting way to start the New Year.   

My entire life has been about service, community and leadership. I believe strongly in community and creating opportunities, training, support and most of all hope and joy. I believe in compassion and by showing kindness you can bring out the best in people.

Memory overload and obliteration

Modern humans, especially, are being forced to plot their own demise. We all talk about overload — overload at work — overload of media—overload of opinion — overload of social media — the list seems endless. The truth is, all these pressures are self-inflicted.

Recycling beverage containers

‘Pepsi Cola hits the spot, 12 full ounces that’s a lot, twice as much for a nickel too, Pepsi Cola is the drink for you.’


This little jingle from the1930s sounds quaint today. As recently as the 1950s, Pepsi, Coke and other carbonated soft drinks typically sold in grocery stores and coin-operated vending machines for just 5 cents; if you returned the bottle, and most people did, you would get 2 cents back, meaning your drink itself cost only 3 cents! 


Letters to the Editor - The Millerton News - 2-7-19

Way to go

I applaud the decision of our new member of Congress, Rep. Antonio Delgado (D NY-19) to convene a meeting with local constituents. I wish him well. 

I also wish to contest his quote that “we weren’t founded on principles — we were founded on aspirations.” 

Please explain the ‘Green New Deal’

Dear EarthTalk: What is the so-called Green New Deal proposed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and is Congress likely to go for it?

Mark Talarico

Brooklyn, N.Y.


Revisiting the dream

We live in a time when principles, values and profits are so interchangeable that I would assume that there was a correlation between the timing of the showcasing the recent movie, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” and the recent commemoration day of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.