The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Have synthetic chemicals given rise to more cancer?


Dear EarthTalk: How clear (or not) are the links between the rising incidents of cancers around the world and the prevalence of synthetic chemicals in modern society?

— Alberto Buono, Lee, MA

With the World Health Organization hinting that cancer could unseat heart disease as the leading cause of death around the world, it’s no surprise that per capita cancer incidence is on the rise globally. In fact, cancer is the only major cause of death that has continued to rise since 1900.

Fellow Republican

Editorial Cartoon

Canada, love your food

The Country Curmedgeon

‘You just keep thinkin’, Butch. That’s what you’re good at.’

— Sundance Kid to Butch Cassidy (from the movie of nearly the same name)

I’ve got another million dollar idea! A Canadian cuisine restaurant! The food would be very similar to American, just more expensive — or maybe less, depending on the current exchange rate.

OK, this is an over simplification. After all, there is back bacon and Molson beer. Actually, there would be quite a few things to give it that special ambience, and I think I would choose the ’70s as a theme.

Being thankful

The Millerton News Editorial

The holidays are here, the perfect opportunity for families and friends to share their time, thoughts and memories with one another. Thanksgiving, especially, is the ideal occasion to consider all there is to be grateful for, despite the stress, challenges and hardships of life in today’s chaotic world. It’s essential to do so because no matter how difficult one’s day-to-day routine may be, things could always be worse — which is really important to remember.

Questions can be more important than answers

A View From The Edge

The media is always harping on about the public. They say “the public feels” or “the public wants,” and prove it in survey after survey. And yet, when repeatedly interviewed, 72 percent of this American public cannot tell you when World War II began; multiply 23 times 13; tell you where Greece or Afghanistan are located; name the first president of the United States; remember who wrote the Gettysburg address; tell you what year a man landed on the moon; and on and on.

Letters to the Editor - November 24

Letters to the Editor - The Millerton News

It was a close election, good luck to Dave Sherman

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Bury lines to avoid storm outages

Guest Commentary

As I sat with my wife and guests shivering in our cold house with no electricity, no water pump and no gas burner for six days in the aftermath of Storm Alfred, I suddenly realized how dependent we had all become on electricity.

County Executive’s 2012 budget released

The County Account

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, County Executive William Steinhaus issued his final county budget, for which the Legislature will spend most of November scrutinizing and amending before final adoption in December.

Honest Maddoffs

Editorial Cartoon

Passing the torch without losing the flame

The Millerton News Editorial

Finally, after posting election signs and mailing out cards, shaking neighbors’ hands and making campaign calls, the elections are over. And while everyone can breathe a sigh of relief now that the tensions of campaigning have ended, this is where the real work begins.

To start with, however, let us offer congratulations to all of those who have won. It is a testament to the faith and confidence your fellow townspeople have in you that you will be able to perform the job you have set out to do fairly, competently and honestly.