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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Society is right now at a turning point

Democracy and liberty are increasingly under threat around the world as capitalism and the digital revolution get together to rule your life. In fact, new and newer technologies are not only asking you — and you are willfully supplying — reams of data, but — and, here’s the big worry as outlined by Professor Shoshana Zuboff (one of the great minds at Harvard) — those collectors are modifying and manipulating your data even while you think it is still yours or certainly something you are clear about yourself on.

Maybe it’s just wishful thinking

Is the two-party system the best we can do? From the perspective of this unhappy Republican it has a major flaw: It is impossible to stretch a unifying political tent over a party where the political differences are so great and where the so-called “wedge” issues play such a major role. 

Socialism

Dangers of crying wolf

In a time when we hear accusations of “fake news” come from the most powerful man in the world on a near-daily basis, we cannot afford to have people make up stories that could tear this nation apart.

That, however, is exactly what “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is believed to have done following his claims of a bias attack in late January. Smollett said he was brutally attacked by two men who made racial and homophobic slurs, beat him, threw an unknown chemical on him and placed a noose around his neck. 

What biology tells us about addiction

Second of a series on opioids

 

The back of the line

I admit it. I probably don’t realize how often I should be asking a question until suddenly I’m stunned by the answer. This is what happened when I read “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,” by Jose Antonio Vargas, a successful journalist, immigration activist, and perhaps our most famous undocumented American. For years, I’ve heard people complain: They don’t have a problem with immigrants, what they mind is the ones who’ve come here illegally. Why don’t these people play by the rules and go to the back of the line? 

Indicators of sci-fi future

While we all get distracted by the body (im)politic there is a ton of news the major media people are not covering for you. Readers of this column will know I focus often on aviation since it tends to be a signpost for what are good — and bad — indicators of progress.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — February 1919

The heaviest snowfall of the winter occurred Saturday night, about seven or eight inches of “the beautiful” covering the ground. However, the warm sun of Sunday caused it to melt very rapidly and spoiled any chance of good sleighing.

 

Found — A bunch of 12 door keys and buttonhook on road near Baker Field. Owner can secure same by applying to curator at Hotchkiss School.

 

Brexit

Celebrating the FFA

From Feb. 16 through Feb. 23, students around the United States — and here in our neck of the woods — are celebrating National FFA Week. Once called Future Farmers of America, the FFA encompasses so much more than just farming these days.

Make no mistake about it — the agriculture industry is huge. It’s vitally important to our future, and to the health and wealth of our country. Right here, in the Harlem Valley, we’re especially in tune with ag-related businesses and lifestyles.