The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

War games of the mind

In any war, there are those forces coming at you with hostile intent and, often with greater effect, those attacks coming at you that seem weak or that you have no idea are there. 

Hidden gossip attacks are, often, seemingly harmless propaganda. But a successful (evil) leader once said, “What good fortune … that people do not think.” Another, after seeing the effects of a successful propaganda campaign, said that it, “manipulates the people as an artist molds clay.”

Girls and women deserve more

There’s so much that we, as Westerners, take for granted. For most of us, to varying degrees, we have food and water, we have sanitation, we have medicine, we have transportation. Going without one of any of these basic essentials is beyond what most of us can probably even imagine.



Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-6-17

‘Our’ American Flag

To whomever is in the situation that you need to be taking the flags at the Irondale Cemetery:

I shall keep replacing the American Flags on my dad’s family plot, as perhaps you are not in a position to supply the flags for your family, and so you need to take from others.

Never apologize or explain

Over the years I have known quite a few men, especially those older than I, perhaps born in the late ‘30s or early ‘40s, who early-on adopted a slogan of self-worth for themselves of “Never Apologize, Never Explain.” 

How to make saving the planet fun

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways people are using games to help reduce their carbon footprints?

Leah McNeil

Colchester, Conn.


Environmental advocates and organizations are increasingly employing gamification — defined by Merriam-Webster as “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something … so as to encourage participation” — to get people to learn about environmental problems and take action to reduce their carbon footprints and overall impact.

Was America’s birthday spoiled by its president?

We recently joined together to celebrate the birth of our nation — as good a time as any to look at the way we treat one another as fellow Americans. While all of us could probably do with a quick refresher course on lessons of citizenship and civility, none needs it more desperately than our president, Donald J. Trump.

Just last week, Trump reignited the all-too-justified fears about his irresponsible use of Twitter — and his childish responses to those who second guess his authority, or his wisdom.

A big lie in a small newspaper launched McCarthyism

On Feb. 10, 1950, a West Virginia daily newspaper innocently printed what may have been the biggest lie up to that time in modern American history. This big lie in that small paper endures because it taught the politically ambitious that a big lie or two could take you far, like the more recent big lie about the birthplace of a president that paved the teller’s way to his own presidency.