The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

The new look of high-technology composting

Dear EarthTalk: I’d like to get into turning my food waste into compost for my garden, but I don’t want a stinky pile of table scraps lingering in a pail in my kitchen or backyard. Are there any new, high-tech ways to expedite the process?

Billy A.

San Francisco, Calif.


Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 4-6-17

Thanks to the Millerton rescue and all

We want to thank everyone at Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Squad for your fast and very helpful response on Tuesday, March 14, at the very worst part of the snowstorm. Thanks so much for being there when we needed you.

Special thanks to Larry Selfridge and Krista Ellis from nearby Millerton Rescue, who when passing by quickly plowed our driveway and gave medical attention to Bill until Salisbury arrived.

Pants on Fire

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 3-30-17

Firearm safety, responsibility should be first and foremost

I recall a recent complaint on March 2 published in The Millerton News regarding an objection to safety instructors teaching youngsters about firearms.

I will offer my opinion and my own respectful reply. It’s not my intention to impose this opinion on anyone.

Are cities good for the environment?

Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t the increasing urbanization of our world good for reducing our carbon footprint given the efficiency benefits of greater density?
Simon Vorhees
Oak Park, Ill.
No doubt, the increased density of big cities leads to less energy use and fewer greenhouse gas emissions per capita. 

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Judging by the aftermath

The difficulty we are all facing is, as usual, that no one is sure how things will end up. And because no one can be sure how matters will conclude, often we, as timid humans, decide to wait and see — delaying the decision to do anything until matters become inevitable and we are force to respond.

Vietnam? Only when those images streamed on the evening news did the public come to understand the cost in human tragedy — ours and the Vietnamese. Only then did people begin to judge and vehemently oppose the war. That was too late for thousands. 

Schools focus on more than just classroom lessons

School activities are so important in a child’s development. From pre-k through senior year, students rely on what their school districts offer to learn, grow and develop. Thankfully, our districts here in the Harlem Valley do their best to make sure that children have a fulfilling academic experience, with a focus on providing many extracurricular opportunities.

Trump Care

Brought up short by the reality of Washington

I am a fool. I actually believe that governance should be tilted toward the benefit of those in need. 

My biggest financial worry in life is that the ATM at my bank is outside in the weather. It might rain or snow. But people less fortunate than I, financially, don’t have to worry about the ATM. They don’t need one because they have no money in the bank. 

‘Individual mandate’ avoided ‘single payer’

Republican leaders in Congress are boasting that their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare eliminates the hated “individual mandate,” the requirement that people buy medical insurance. The Republicans say that under their legislation the only people who will not have medical insurance will be people who don’t want it.

But the “individual mandate,” hated as it may be in some quarters, was the price of avoiding the even more hated “single-payer” system, the government’s takeover of medicine.