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Canada has a new Food Guide: how has it changed?

Dear EarthTalk: How does Canada’s newly released “Food Guide” differ from the food recommendations offered up by the U.S. government?

J. Wheeler

Albany, N.Y.

 

These days, many countries around the world produce food guidelines periodically to help improve nutrition and encourage healthy lifestyles among their populaces. 

Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-24-17

When is it enough?

Are you embarrassed yet? Last week’s comments by Donald Trump on the Charlottesville violence by shocked me. Seventy years ago U.S. troops (including my dad) defeated the Nazis. In Germany today, there are no statues of Hitler, and no Nazi flags hung. 

One hundred and fifty years ago U.S. troops defeated the Confederacy. Yet statues of seditious generals litter the South, Confederate flags and bumper stickers can be spotted in our community. I think it is time to move on. Why celebrate enemies and traitors?

Jails and punishment and recidivism

Since it is likely there may be some high-profile possible jailings in the not-too-distant future, it is perhaps useful to review what prisons are, how they work and what their real function is. 

Bear in mind that pretty much everyone already agrees that justice and the law are often separated by an insurmountable chasm. But once convicted, people go off to jail.

Has manipulative science gone too far?

Amid reports about terrorist attacks in Spain, nuclear threats from North Korea, white supremacists in Virginia and, of course, chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon’s ouster a very important bit of news has slipped under the radar. Scientists in Portland, Ore., have figured out a way to successfully “edit” DNA in human embryos.

The enormity of this feat should not go unmentioned. After all, genetic engineering of human embryos has long been aspired to by many in the scientific world. Others, understandably, have feared it. 

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-17-17

Glad SFS is willing to listen to other ideas

In recent weeks a steady stream of letters supporting the North East Community Center (NECC) and Spring for Sound (SFS) have appeared in the editorial section of The Millerton News.

I’m pleased to know the NECC has this support.  I, too, am a supporter of the NECC. I may not have pockets as deep as other donors, but I make my annual contributions to help fund programs established by the organization.

The con game — history revisited

It is the oldest political game in the world: In times of economic insecurity, the plutocrat, the rich person, someone powerful in another arena, says to the people who are hurting:

“Your problems aren’t caused by tax dodgers, they are not caused by the richest people not paying you proper salaries with which you can live and raise your family. Your problems are not caused by bankers who gamble your future away. 

Instagram? It’s more like ‘Instagreen,’ am I right?

Dear EarthTalk: How are environmentalists using Instagram to further their causes?

Jason McNeil

Our differences should unite us, not tear us apart

This week’s editorial addresses the history of racism in the U.S. The original piece was written prior to Saturday’s deadly act of domestic terrorism at the hands of a white supremacist. While we are tremendously saddened that the issue came to a head with the Aug. 12 unrest in Charlottesville, Va., we thought it timely — and wanted to use the opportunity to stress how dangerous hate can be.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-10-17

Bicyclists a pleasing sight

I thoroughly enjoy seeing the cyclists in Millerton on the weekend of the Harlem Valley Rail Ride, and this year was no exception. With the enhancement of perfect weather, I witnessed the happy faces of the riders even at the end of the route when they would have been exhausted from pedaling (some up to 100 miles). 

The event is well-run, with thanks to BB Cycling (Bob Bagomolny and Beth Katz) and their huge team of helpers. 

What’s wrong with soaps?

Dear EarthTalk: Why do antibacterial soaps and other products with triclosan get such a bad rap from health and environmental advocates?

Wanda Caravan

Hartford, Conn.