The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

The smartest men and women in the room

There are times when intellect is measured against intellect. In the mid-1800s, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace went head-to-head in determining the origin of life, or as Darwin put it, The Origin of Species. Timing? Wallace was a year ahead of Darwin, writing letters back from halfway around the globe to the National Geographical Society patrons  — who shared them with Darwin. 

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 5-25-17

The red poppy explained


On May 29th we celebrate Memorial Day. And with it, comes the distribution of the red poppy.  Here are a few facts about the red poppy history. 

It has become a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn since the writing of the wartime poem, “In Flanders Fields,” which was  written by Lt. Col. John McCrae, M.D., to honor soldiers fallen in World War I. 

Future of defense?

Anyone who follows the defense industry — and it is worth remembering that the Department of Defense controls about 16 percent of all tax dollars each year — has to be concerned at the escalating demands for cutting edge, super-new technology and futuristic developments for warfare on land, sea and in the air. 

We need a strong EPA

There are some things, like the following statement, on which everyone should be able to agree: Clean air and water are vital to a healthy life. 

Why, then, is President Trump so gung-ho about stepping back regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which was created to ensure a safe environment for future generations by President Richard Nixon on Dec. 2, 1970?

Trump, in 2009, even signed a letter sent to The New York Times with children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka. It supported President Barack Obama’s fight against climate change:

New President

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 5-18-17

Rethink plan for highway garage

Recent articles in The Millerton News suggest that the North East Town Board may be considering building a highway garage, and possibly also a transfer station, on a site on Sharon Road.

The 20th is May Day

Memorial Day, the official start of the summer season, is just around the corner. But folks right here in the Harlem Valley aren’t waiting for the calendar  to hit May 29 to get the season kicked off in a big way. Saturday, May 20, in fact, is so chock-full of activity that it makes one’s head spin.

Tell us about fuel-cell car availability

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that fuel cell cars are finally available for mainstream drivers in the U.S.?

Jack Mixson

Wilmington, Del.


What is ‘shovel-ready’?

When Obama suddenly needed to inject money into the economy in early 2009, he told his people to cast about and find “shovel-ready municipal and state projects” ready to go. 

What did they find? Almost 95 percent of the proposed public programs and projects were at the “approved for study” stage and did not qualify.