The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint


Rail Trail extension puts area on path to perfection

At long last, shovel has hit dirt and work on the northward extension of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail has begun. There was much celebration as news spread that the county has started clearing the old railroad path for the construction of the 8.2-mile extension from the center of Millerton to Under Mountain Road in Ancram.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 2-27-19

Facing the EMS dilemma

The town of Washington and the village of Millbrook, along with members of the Millbrook Rescue Squad, will be holding an informational meeting regarding Rescue Squad services in our community. The meeting will be held on Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m., at the Millbrook firehouse. 

It’s spring!

The answer lies in the soil. There is nothing like good, old fashioned, wormy, loam. Good, honest, clean, dirt. But you have to ask, where did the earth come from? Unless you know where it came from, where it originated and why, you can never properly plan for your garden. 

The realized temptations of NPR and PBS

Recently an elderly gentleman asked me about my opinion on NPR and PBS, knowing of my vigorous support in the 1960s for these alternatives to commercial radio and television stations.

Here is my response:

Congress created NPR and PBS to provide serious programming, without any advertisements, for the American people. Former media executive Fred Friendly and others worried that the commercial stations were not meeting the 1934 Communications Act requirement that they operate for the “public interest, convenience and necessity.”


Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 3-21-19

Sharon Hospital will continue to serve the community

Thank you for your continued support of Sharon Hospital and for the warm welcome I’ve received since arriving here as interim president about a month ago. One thing I’ve learned quickly: This is a wonderful community filled with passionate, dedicated citizens. We take our role as your healthcare provider very seriously and are committed to enhancing and growing services you need.

Sen. Rand Paul’s call: reality v. rigidity

Two contemporary stories about Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) illustrate the disconnect between one’s ideology and personal experiences. Imagine a fierce opponent of regulation being saved in a crash by government-mandated seat belts and air bags and the ensuing cognitive dissonance.

In the case of Rand Paul, MD (ophthalmology), the two experiences came almost at the same time. Last month, Sen. Paul went to the Shouldice Hernia Centre, the world-famous hernia repair institution located just outside of Toronto, Ont.