The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Cornell Cooperative turns 100 this year

The Millerton News Editorial

The much beloved and frequently utilized Cornell Cooperative Extension is celebrating its 100th anniversary statewide this year, and all of Cornell extensions in New York state are joining the celebration. The Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) will actually celebrate its centennial birthday in 2013, but it’s still among the many taking a moment to praise the statewide agency for all of the services and resources it has provided to New Yorkers for the past century.

More Oil

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Our perpetual dependents

The Country Curmudgeon

I am sitting here watching my local crow family. We are back up to four again. There are two youngsters this year. I can tell because, although they are the same size as the parents, they still flutter their wings and beg to be fed. Other than that, they are indistinguishable from the parents, who are hustling to find enough food for everybody.

Letters to the Editor July 14

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Speedy reaction to library call for help with hot ballast

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Atomic energy, yes or no: It’s your call

A View From the Edge

Part of the problem with evaluating atomic energy as part of our daily lives is that most people are too poorly educated (not stupid, just ignorant) on the science involved to really understand how it all works. Because they don’t get the science, they are left listening to politicians (themselves pretty ignorant) who are pushing an agenda often without any long-term scientific assessment or, worse, dependent on lobbyists who have told them what to think.

What does KFC have to do with rain forest destruction?


Dear EarthTalk: I understand that fast-food giant YUM! Brands, owner of KFC, is under fire by Greenpeace and others for rain forest destruction. What’s the story?

Betsy Barnard

Wellesley, Mass.

YUM! Brands, which operates 38,000 fast food restaurants in 110 countries (including not only KFC but also Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, WingStreet, A&W and Long John Silver’s), has come under fire of late from Greenpeace and other rain forest advocacy groups for sourcing palm oil, paper and other goods from suppliers notorious for destroying tropical rain forests in Indonesia and elsewhere.

Bog For Pres.

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Medical Examiner’s Office move may really happen

The County Account

Ennumerate the core functions of government. Not many lists will include a medical examiner.

Few people realize how commonplace autopsies have become in the functioning of government. The Sheriff’s Office and local police forces rely heavily on the medical examiner for evidence collection. The district attorney relies on their findings for prosecution, and the Health Department, in which this county position is based, utilizes the results for analysis and detection of public health risks.

Watching out for wetlands with new law

The Millerton News Editorial

The Washington Town Board took a significant step recently when it passed the long-awaited Wetlands Law, or more precisely, Local Law No. 1 of 2011, to “amend the town of Washington’s zoning code to add a new section entitled Wetlands and Watercourses Law.”

It will help prevent “despoliation and destruction of wetlands, water bodies and watercourses and controlled areas, collectively referred to as ‘regulated areas,’ recognizing their varying ecological, water quality, supply and recreational values,” according to the law.

Pay Attention

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