The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint


Dark side of free viral media

I get asked, “How can the paper afford you…” Good question since they don’t (and shouldn’t) pay anything (including a free paper.) Ah, you wonder, thinking of the hours and research, then why’s he doing it? Let’s put this in today’s jargon: I get the benefit of cross-platforming, expanding reach and viral media response, expanding my platform. I should. I don’t.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat

Last time, Church described the disappointing refusal of Special Prosecutor John Durham to prosecute CIA contractors and agents who had tortured terrorism suspects at CIA black sites, while noting the unprecedented settlement in a suit brought against two psychologists who were major players in the torture of suspected terrorists. This week, he will explore the possible investigation by the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) of torture by CIA contractors and agents, and an intriguing development in North Carolina.

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Lights at night must not be so bright

If you swap out one street light from incandescent or sodium to LED, and turn it’s intensity down deep into the night, you can save the town $25 a year. I swapped all my household lightbulbs to LED this last year. My electricity bill has dropped $30 a month. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Translate to a town’s whole street light bill and the town could save a couple of thousand per month. So far, so good, right?

Where does religion fall in the health care debate?

Religious freedom is not to be taken for granted, but neither can it be used to discriminate.

That’s why we’re so concerned about President Donald Trump’s decision to institute a new Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The division was designed to protect those in the health care industry who refuse care, like abortions, to patients because of their moral or religious beliefs.

Shut Down

The real world: a brief update

In these times, it has become clear we need to look out for each other. Charity is up (thankfully), food programs are expanding, neighbors are helping neighbors. In our household, at least six working days a month are devoted to just helping neighbors. Me? Other than time, one thing I can do is share information — information the mainstream, advertising-managed media may not be giving you.

There’s more than one way to skin a cat

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Cat lovers take comfort. My title is just a turn of phrase, an adage that serves as a metaphor for what I wish to write about.  

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

A thank you to Amenia residents

I, Stanley Whitehead, would like to thank Amenia taxpayers and residents of Amenia for their support from Jan. 1, 1994 through Dec. 31, 2017, as the Amenia highway superintendent.

It has been an honor to serve for 24 years. 

And a very special thank you to the Amenia Highway Crew: Judy Carlson, Andy Wheeler, Megan Chamberlin, Darren Peterson, Paul Voorhees and John Williams. A highway superintendent is only as good as his crew.

Troubling comments, troubling times­

When will we cease to be shocked by President Donald Trump? It seems with each passing day, he does something else to rankle us, to stun us, to disappoint us.

Last Thursday, Jan. 11, was no exception. The president reportedly made vulgar, disparaging remarks about (and please pardon our language) “shithole” countries in Africa, and asked why the U.S. would welcome immigrants from there and places like Haiti and El Salvador.