The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Something needs to be done: Guns and mental illness in the United States

The tragedy in Las Vegas seems almost unfathomable. How, exactly, is our country supposed to recover from such senseless violence? When 58 people are shot and killed while attending a country music concert, it understandably shatters our peace of mind.

But that’s exactly what happened at the hands of 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a millionaire gambler and real estate investor who shot hundreds among a crowd of roughly 22,000 from his hotel window at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Vegas strip. 

Gun Control

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 10-5-17

Bikers need to use caution

This is in answer to Diane Walters piece in your paper about the Harlem Valley Rail Ride. 

Last year in Amenia I was entering Sheffield Road and knew the Rail Trail crosses there. I know there are stop signs for the biker crossing the highway, but not trusting in signs, I was going very slowly. Sure enough, a woman on a bike never stopped at the sign. I think she had speakers in her ears and she was listening to music.

Did global warming cause Hurricane Harvey?

Dear EarthTalk: Was Hurricane Harvey caused by global warming?

Tom Dell

Bern, N.C.


The short answer is no. No single hurricane or weather event can be directly linked to the general phenomena known as climate change. 

“Climate change does not cause things, because climate change is not a causal agent,” writes David Roberts on www.Vox.com. “‘Climate change’ is a descriptive term — it describes the fact that the climate is changing.”

A nation indivisible?

What do the words “country” and “nation” mean? Here we are, living in North America. How do we know? Because someone, a long time ago, drew lines on a map and gave physical names to places. This is New York, that’s Connecticut, over there is Virginia, and so on. We’re all (after a war or two) in the United States of America. 

The right to dissent …

There are many things one would hope their president would be concerned about in today’s world: mass shootings, natural disasters, health care, tax reform. And, yes, race relations in the United States. But the way President Donald Trump has responded to the ongoing debate regarding NFL players taking a knee is both disappointing and disconcerting.

You're Fired

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — October 1917

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 9-28-17

Apology to Ron Steed

Hi Ron,

I need and want to apologize to both of you, Ron and Marti, for what was a sophomoric prank. It was stupid of me, but was not intended to be demeaning or malicious in any way.

We have had no hard feelings towards either of you and have always enjoyed our lively banter about so many topics, with lots of jokes along the way these last 10 years since we started buying real estate properties with you as our broker. 

How did Bloomberg become so green?

Dear EarthTalk: Since when did Michael Bloomberg become a great environmentalist?

Jackie Miller

New York, N.Y.


Michael Bloomberg was primarily known as a financier and media tycoon long before he became one of the most beloved mayors in New York City history. But what most people still don’t know about Bloomberg is that he is fast becoming one of the world’s great environmentalists through his work to hasten the transition to renewable energy and mitigate the effects of climate change.