The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Summer is the perfect time; libraries are the perfect place

When summertime rolls around, parents often wonder how to best occupy their children’s time. School no longer being in session, children are often left to fend for their own entertainment. That’s not even beginning to address hopes that children could also be learning something during those long and lazy afternoons.

Witch Hunt

Plastic waste put to good use

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways companies are using plastic waste from the ocean in their products to take a stand for the environment?

Simone LaTourneau



Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-20-17

I appreciate the coverage

Dear Whitney Joseph and Kaitlin Lyle,

Once more you have hit the mark. The most enlightening and clarifying article, in The Millerton News issue of July 13 regarding  Days For Girls, Empowering Women on Global Level, and the editorial in the same issue, are necessary and brilliant pieces.

Volvo’s embrace of electric cars — the beginning of the end of the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine?

Dear EarthTalk: Does Volvo’s embrace of electric cars signal the beginning of the end of the gas-powered internal combustion engine?

Macy Vigneault

New Orleans, La.


Volvo has announced that it will only sell hybrid and electric cars beginning in 2019, signaling a shift in the auto industry as a whole toward more fuel-efficient cars that can help reduce drivers’ carbon footprints and fuel costs.

Has no one here read any John le Carré novels?

Russia has only 145 million people, less than half the number living in the U.S. Eighty million of them actually work (40 percent for the government). Their economy is less robust than that of California. 

Russia’s goal, accepted by the intelligence committees of the United States for more than 20 years, is to “seek to legitimize its rule through managed elections, populist appeals, a foreign policy focused on enhancing the country’s geopolitical influence …” (CIA official report).

The proof is in the emails

We’ve said it on this page before and we’ll likely say it again: intent counts.

Case in point? The scandal created by Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian attorney before the November elections, to learn information harmful to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Black Lung

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-13-17

Trump does America no favors

I appreciate your editorial “Was America’s birthday spoiled by its president?” (July 6, 2017), in which you called attention to President Trump’s emotional immaturity and unpresidential temperament. You also pointed out that he “is doing his best to shut down the press and free speech,” thereby threatening an important pillar of American democracy.  

Grizzly bears in Yellowstone

Dear EarthTalk: Is the federal government’s decision to take Yellowstone’s grizzlies off of the endangered species list good news or bad news for the iconic bear?

Jeffrey Elder

Los Angeles, Calif.


It depends on whom you ask. The majority of environmental and wildlife advocates would prefer to keep endangered species protections in place for Yellowstone’s grizzlies, which they consider to be still at risk.