The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Was America’s birthday spoiled by its president?

We recently joined together to celebrate the birth of our nation — as good a time as any to look at the way we treat one another as fellow Americans. While all of us could probably do with a quick refresher course on lessons of citizenship and civility, none needs it more desperately than our president, Donald J. Trump.

Just last week, Trump reignited the all-too-justified fears about his irresponsible use of Twitter — and his childish responses to those who second guess his authority, or his wisdom.

A big lie in a small newspaper launched McCarthyism

On Feb. 10, 1950, a West Virginia daily newspaper innocently printed what may have been the biggest lie up to that time in modern American history. This big lie in that small paper endures because it taught the politically ambitious that a big lie or two could take you far, like the more recent big lie about the birthplace of a president that paved the teller’s way to his own presidency.

Founding Fathers

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6--17

New York no leader in some matters of sexual assault

The June 15 edition of this paper reported on a former Webutuck teacher accused of felony sexual assault against a child. In that report, a New York state trooper is cited as saying that for these charges there is no statute of limitations. While that may be true for this particular case, New York state has some of the nation’s most prohibitive statute of limitation laws when it comes to supporting adult survivors of child sexual abuse.

True reform? Nope

Everyone promises a better future but, when pressed, really have no idea what that means. 

Coal miners, a very honorable and stalwart group, want a return to work and prosperity. Along comes a succession of politicians promising just that, and yet not one candidate is willing to tell them the truth. 

Canada, eh?

I’m wearing my Québec baseball cap as this Saturday, July 1, is Canada’s 150th birthday as an independent nation and that achievement deserves notice.

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Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-22-17

Many supported Spring for Sound

On behalf of Spring for Sound and North East Community Center (NECC), we want to recognize all who supported the seventh annual Spring for Sound music festival. We set out to throw a party for our town, and well over 1,200 people came to listen to 50 great bands, dance and enjoy Millerton — the biggest festival yet, and the most joyful and fun.

Shooting highlights the worst in politics

If the shooting last week in Alexandria, Va., at the practice session of a Republican Congressional baseball team showed us anything, it’s that people have reached their boiling point. 

Sadly, people don’t know how to control themselves and they don’t know how to find civilized solutions to their problems. This statement applies as much to the politicians who inspired such hate as the gunman who pulled the trigger. Understand, however, that reality in no way justifies violence.

The Ringling Brothers Circus has retired

The last Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus performamnce was last month. “The circus goes back thousands of years” to ancient Roman times, according to the World Book Encyclopedia, (1970).   

In modern times, it developed in the 1700s in England and “soon spread to America.” By the late 1800s, about 10 circuses claimed to tour this country, with each boasting “it was the biggest or the best.”  

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