The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

James Madison as applied to Donald Trump

History is written to understand the past but it is composed in the present and cannot escape that context. Sometimes, the relevance is startling. In research for a new book about the Revolutionary Era, I came across a James Madison essay that struck me as a trenchant critique of the Trumpian attitude toward governing the American people. It is a dialogue between a “republican,” by which Madison meant a person who championed the spirit of the American Revolution and democracy, and an “anti-republican,” who did not.

Deadly ebola is back

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-21-18

Narrowing the field

Dear Neighbor,

The 19th Congressional District Democratic Primary is Tuesday, June 26, and we encourage all registered Democrats to participate in choosing our Democratic nominee. The 19th is fortunate to have seven highly qualified, hardworking and energetic candidates vying for the spot on the November ballot, opposing John Faso, the incumbent Republican.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-14-18

Volcano victims in need of help

As many of you know, I spend most of the year in Guatemala, although I’m still a resident of Salisbury, maintain a house there and vote.

The recovery efforts for the victims of the eruption of Fuego Volcano (Fire Volcano)  in Guatemala have been challenging, and the response has been overwhelming. So overwhelming that many organizations coordinating recovery are now focusing on relocating and housing victims of the destroyed villages.

Consumer tracking is everywhere

A cost to tough policing

No one likes being pulled over by the police. Who would? At best it takes time and causes stress, at worst it means a ticket and possibly other legal consequences.

In the village of Millerton, people have been raising red flags about the village police department’s practices. Too strict, some say. Too inflexible, say others. Too tyrannical, claim still more.

In recent days, residents and  visitors alike have stepped forward to complain. 

Four minutes for tears, joy and shared humanity at Mexican border

In 2015, the two Koreas agreed to allow families split by the demilitarized zone to cross the border to visit, albeit briefly, with family members whom they had not touched in as much as 60 years. This month, the USA and Mexico allowed a similar family moment in a time of scarce altruism.

Wedding Cake

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-7-18

There are many ways to use a library

A library too often is thought to be a place where adults and children come to check out books to read at home. But in today’s busy world, just as we can’t judge a book by its cover, we can’t judge a library’s value to its community simply by the books they offer to its community.

Are there green options in mattresses?

Dear EarthTalk: I’m in the market for a new mattress after two decades on “old faithful” and I figure it’s a good time to go green. What are the options out there these days for eco-friendly mattresses?

Betsey Langdon