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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Letter to the Editor - June 07 2012

There’s a solution to the library situation

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Living in the unreal world of 3D

A View from the Edge

According to the giant media companies, everything is better in 3D. All the big movies open up in what they call 3D, although there is nothing physically substantial enough to actually be three-dimensional. It’s a trick of the eye. Like airbrushing of photographs for a century or more, now replaced by the verb “photoshopped,” the reality you think you are seeing is not real, it is just a better facsimile, a better-looking copy. The original is always better.

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Move to curb corporate spending on campaigns

Insight

The “Move to Amend,” that is, the People’s Movement to Amend the U.S. Constitution, specifically to overturn Citizens United, is spreading like a grassland wildfire across the United States. Hundreds of grassroots initiatives have been launched, and the movement is gaining momentum and ascending through municipal, county and state legislatures, aiming ultimately for the U.S. Congress. Meanwhile, the Montana State Supreme Court has gone ahead and upheld Montana’s 100-years-old ban on corporate contributions to state election campaigns.

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Lots of accomplishments to brag about

Lions Tales

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to join these men and these women in the bonds of Lionism.... The Millerton Lions Club now has three meetings under its belt for the new year. When we met in March, President Todd Clinton shared many letters of thanks from recipients of our donations and commitments, and we recapped our accomplishments from 2011.

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Early bird

The Country Curmudgeon

My mom came from Kansas, a two-hour time difference. I am genetically predisposed to doing everything two hours later than they do them here in the East. I also like to stay up later. Again, I am on Kansas time.
I have friends who are up before the sun every morning. I figure their families must be from Europe recently enough that they are still not quite adjusted. There’s a one-hour difference for every 15 degrees of longitude.

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Schoolhouses rock

The Millerton News Editorial

There’s something to be said for the good old days, when things were simpler, uncomplicated. Take one-room schoolhouses, for instance. They’re a classic example of Americana that evoke images of students making their way through prairie life in the Midwest, crisp fall school days in the Northeast or perhaps long summer afternoons in the South. It’s quite easy to romanticize what life was like years ago when one-room schoolhouses were in their prime. Today many of those that remain are derelict and dilapidated, with a dedicated few determined to save them.

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Do birds have a chance against wind turbine blades?

EarthTalk - Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: One of the objections to wind power has been that the turbines can kill birds. Has there been some progress in developing bird-friendly wind power?
Marcie Mahoney
Boston, Mass.

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Poison on the runway

Editorial Cartoon

Cartoon by Dianne Engleke of Millerton

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Debt service and bonding dominate Legislature meeting

The County Account

Oddly, the word “debt” has its origins in the Latin words debere (to owe), as well as de habere (to have), highlighting both sides of its doubled-edged sword. Following our April update on the county’s finances, in May we considered not only what we have, but what we owe. We did so alongside additional bond debt deliberations. On our agenda were two big bonds and three small bonds.

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Is the Gulf of Mexico really back to normal after spill?

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve seen a lot of warm and fuzzy TV ads, some sponsored by BP Oil, urging me to vacation in the Gulf of Mexico. But are things really “back to normal?”
Paul Shea
Dublin, Ohio
The Gulf of Mexico may be open for business and eager to attract tourists, but it’s still unclear whether or not marine and coastal ecosystems there are healthy two years after BP’s offshore drilling rig exploded 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, eventually releasing 205.8 million gallons of oil into the water column.

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