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Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 12-6-18

Good crowd for breakfast

On Sunday, Nov. 18, the Amenia Fire Company held their monthly pancake breakfast. 

We were pleased to have a nice crowd of 182 people in attendance to enjoy a hearty meal. 

We rely on the breakfasts to raise much-needed money for general operations and we always appreciate the support of the community. 

We thank everyone who attends our meals throughout the year and we hope to see you again for the next one on Dec. 16.

Andy Murphy

The apple of our eyes

Go into just about any supermarket right now and what do you see? Bins and bins of gorgeous red, green and golden apples. The harvest is overwhelming, but some apples are worth more than others.

If you are like me, an average consumer, it takes about 23 minutes to do your grocery shopping, according to Proctor and Gamble. During that space of time, I buy an average of 18 items out of maybe 40,000 choices.  I have little time to browse and, most of the time, I don’t even check the prices, which brings me back to the apple cart.

Countdown to Tomorrowland

If you could turn back the clock to, say, 1990, if you knew then that the world wide web would allow you to become a global merchandiser, would allow you to wipe out Sears and others with your powerful “digital shop” and that manufacturers would be lining up to place their product on your “platform” what would you do? Answer? Become a multi-billionaire.

Crocs

First daughter faux pas

Hypocrisy. There is no other word to describe reports that presidential daughter and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump used her private email hundreds of times to deal with government business. The irony? That’s exactly what her father used as ammunition against 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the elections, after she had been discovered to have done the same.

Humans bring greatest change to Earth

This era on our planet is called the Anthropocene – meaning the time of man (yes, and woman). And here’s the truly incredible news: humans have—and have had—more effect on the changes of the planet than earthquakes, glaciation, tides and all the rivers in the world. Yes, you read that right. We’ve collectively changed the planet more than anything nature previously provided.

In the war over words, Republicans best Democrats

The Republican Party lost ground in the congressional and state elections earlier this month, but they continue to triumph in the all-important contests over words.

Saudi Prince

Dogs and their humans: Pets and cars in America

Pet ownership in America is well over 50 percent. Nine out of 10 of these owners view their pet as part of the family. As such, dollars spent on traditional pet ownership areas such as food, veterinary needs and boarding have expanded to include things like exercise and travel. For more and more Americans, that trend has grown to include what cars we purchase.

Giving thanks, taking stock

This is the time of year when we like to evaluate our lives and give thanks for all we have. If we’re honest, we take a hard look — we look at our relationships, our work, our homes, our communities. We analyze what we contribute and what more we could do. We also, or at least we should, figure out where we fall short.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t celebrate the wonderful things going on in our lives. We should. And we should share that joy with those around us. Everyone could use encouragement, and hope.