The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Climate-affected evolution

Dear EarthTalk: Could global warming really be a factor in the evolution of wildlife species?


Camden, N.J.


No doubt the quickly changing climate is already triggering various evolutionary shifts in a wide range of species. And while we can’t be sure just how different wildlife species will adapt (or not), scientists are already noticing some surprising changes as a result of rising surface and ocean temperatures thanks to human-induced global warming. 

Have you heard? The Lakeville Journal is moving

This is a big week for your community weekly newspaper. On Friday, Sept. 8, Salisbury Bank purchased The Lakeville Journal Company’s central location at 33 Bissell St. in Lakeville (see story on the front page.) After about two years of planning, the door is now open for the bank to create new offices for its people adjacent to its corporate facility and trust division along Bissell Street. This is a change that will also be beneficial for The Lakeville Journal Company, which publishes the Millerton News as well as The Lakeville Journal.

Friendship is not always the best choice to make

In the 1920s, a new idea arose: pen friends. You could have a friend the other side of the globe just by writing back and forth. 

The Scouts made an international pact to all be friends. 

Following WWII, whole countries went out of their way to declare friendship for those who had stood together: Britain became the friend of America and vice-versa. Argentina liked Britain and America. The Philippines was the friend of the U.S., and so on. 

Violate Principles

Negative advertising

Let’s all start off with one assumption: If you have given in to a smart phone, that’s your primary computer for email checking, web surfing, a little game playing and, of course, social media. 

I suspect there are many of us who are fed up to the back teeth with all the advertising being pumped at us. You turn on your phone, and a browser automatically senses where you are and finds appropriate messages to flood your screen. 

9/11 was followed by a day of ghostly silence

Part II


Sept. 12 — I woke up early because of the deadly quiet outside; there were no screaming sirens, no car horns, nothing — I wondered about that silence and worried that this was a very bad sign — that it meant that there were no survivors being transported to the hospitals in the neighborhood.

Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 9-7-17

Finally …

I’d like to extend a grateful thank you, from those serving and those who have served in combat arenas, to President Donald Trump for adopting a military strategy based on real-time decisions from commanders on the ground.

In the past, decisions were made by Washington based on political agendas and its never worked in my lifetime. 

Finally, a military common-sense strategy is being adopted to expedite action and protect American military lives.

Forever changed by Sept. 11

It’s been 17 years, and most Americans remain haunted by remembrances of Sept. 11. Those nightmarish images are burned into our collective memory. They are as gut-wrenching and heartbreaking today as ever.

Every time people talk about the day that took the lives of 2,996 people — at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania — the trauma is re-experienced. 

The dangers of tweaking laws for a few

It’s tough for a town to justify special treatment of any of its constituents. All taxpayers should be treated fairly and equally under the law. But there are times when exceptions arise. The question, of course, is whether it’s a good idea to make exceptions, and whether they can be made fairly. 

Case in point? The request by the Antlers Club in Pine Plains to allow the construction of three new homes on its 10.5-acre grounds — despite that doing so would contradict town zoning. 

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-31-17

Pleased with adopted country

I am a proud immigrant to the United States. I can assure you there is no greater country than my adopted country. Many factors contribute to that status, but central to its overwhelming success as a nation is its Constitution and our adherence to it.