The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

A single vote mattered

If ever there was a lesson in how government works in the real world, it’s this: One vote can make a difference. Prime example? Election results for the town supervisor’s race in Pine Plains look like they have changed since Election Day.

The change is due to the counting of affidavit and absentee ballots, which occurred on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving.

Too Rich

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 11-30-17

Sports dinner a satisfying event

On Friday, Nov. 17, I had the pleasure of attending the Millbrook High School Sports Hall of Fame Dinner at the Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club. This event was attended by close to 150 people, both former students and their family members.

Lies pretending to be truth are common

In the United States, we have a two-party system. No, we don’t. We have Libertarians, Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Peace & Freedom, Independence, Tea Party, Socialist, Christian Liberty, Citizens Party, Communist, Constitution, and another 40 or so. It is generally accepted that Congress is a two-party governing body, but tell that to the Tea Party or the Freedom Caucus.  The system may be two-party, but the individual members are clearly not in any sort of agreement or moral positions.

Are there survivors besides the ivory-billed woodpecker?

Dear EarthTalk: Whatever became of the rediscovered ivory-billed woodpecker that we thought we had lost to extinction? What other animals that we thought went extinct have “come back” from the dead?

Betsey Edgewater

Austin, Tex.


When drivers put students at riskm

We all know the basics: look both ways before crossing, slow down when approaching oncoming traffic and come to a halt when you see a stopped school bus. Sounds simple enough. But surprisingly, there are those drivers who either don’t know or simply don’t care about safe driving laws — putting everyone in harm’s way and endangering the youngest in our community.

Tax Reform

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 11-23-17

We need comprehensive plan

To begin, I want to express my appreciation for the support and encouragement I received during the recent election. While not successful, I very much enjoyed meeting many people I had not known previously in our community. Congratulations to Chris Kennan and Ralph Fedele on their election to the North East Town Board. 

Justify grass-fed beef

Dear EarthTalk: Even though I know a vegetarian diet is better for the environment, I love cheeseburgers and a good steak every now and then. If I stick to grass-fed beef, can I live with myself environmentally?

Jeanine Smith

Hixson, Tenn.


Yes and no, depending on how much imperfection you’re willing to tolerate. 

We must be thankful

Each year, the pace of the seasons seems to quicken and the time between the holidays shorten.

So, with Thanksgiving upon us, it’s appropriate to take a moment to think about that for which we are most grateful. In today’s world, where violence seems to erupt daily and where political scandal breaks nightly, it’s important to consider what is going right in our world. 

Certainly, this year, there was much tragedy and chaos. Terrorist attacks, mass shootings, natural disasters — they all led the headlines from week to week.