The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint


Science and the English language

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the former Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced that seven words should not be used in CDC budget requests. She was trying to help CDC staff escape the surveillance of budgeters. Dr. Fitzgerald just resigned because of a problem with her tobacco stock, but her greater sin was toying with the English language. Such comical censorship always summons the genie and genius of George Orwell. She should have read his 1950 essay “Politics and the English Language.”

Why men won’t ask for directions

Since women are always wondering why men will never ask for directions, it’s only fair to wonder why women always leave their shopping carts in the middle of the aisle.

The reason men won’t ask for directions is very simple. It’s because most people don’t know north from south – especially women – although I say that with great respect. But really, why can’t they move their carts over to the side so the next fellow can get by?

Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 2-8-18

Dismayed  at threats

As the grandson of immigrants who came to America because it stood for freedom and justice, I am increasingly dismayed by the mounting threats to our democratic institutions.

There is considerable evidence that Russia interfered in our most recent presidential election. It is essential that this interference be investigated, and, for that reason, a non-partisan special counsel has been appointed. He must be allowed to do his work.

World conflict, Afghanistan to Zimbabwe

Unless you are a news junkie, you probably don’t know (but need to) what’s happening around the world. The U.S. military knows and is making plans, as always:

Afghanistan: Civil war, terrorism. Reduction of NATO forces in 2014 resulted in resurgence of the Taliban (what we used to call the Mujahedeen). 14,000 more troops now arriving plus increased U.S. air strikes.

The Arctic: Rising sea temperatures are melting ice, so new sea routes being opened, causing conflict (negotiation) among Canada, Russia, the United States and northern European Nations.

Public service pays, sort of

We all know that it takes a certain something to run for, or serve in, public office. Frequently criticized, often taken for granted and seldom fully compensated for their work, public officials don’t always have an easy go of it.


Talk about ‘intentional communities’

Dear EarthTalk: What are so-called “intentional communities”? And are there any in the U.S. that are sustainability-focused?

Elissa McNeal

Washington, D.C.


Letter to the Editor - Millerton News- 2-1-18

Cricket Valley power plant is a concern for the area 

An overview of the future impact on local residents from air pollution emitted by The Cricket Valley Energy Center Center (CVEC)  in Dover was presented at the Sherman Board of Selectmen  meeting on Jan. 25.

Walking through winter, with a little support

This Friday, Feb. 2, is Groundhog Day. Now that might not sound especially exciting to some, but for others hoping winter is on its way out, it holds promise. 

Each year, on Feb. 2, we wait and watch as Punxsutawney Phil descends on Punxsutawney, Pa., to look for his shadow. The custom began when German-speaking immigrants moved to Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries. According to local lore, if he sees it, it means we can expect six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, warmer temperatures and the arrival of spring aren’t far behind.