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The talent of hiding $$$ in plain sight

Sometimes you have to take tycoons at their word. According to Northrup Grumman Chairman, President, and CEO Wes Bush (July 26), the Pentagon is “increasingly thinking about how they classify their programs.” 

Then he added this tidbit, that there was a “likelihood that an increasing fraction of our business may become restricted.” 

9-11 remembered: A look back on darker days

Part I

 

September 11, 2001 — Having overslept that morning, I hurried to get ready for work without turning on the radio or slowing down to have breakfast. It must have been close to nine o’clock when I came downstairs in the lobby of our apartment building, where I found a group of people excitedly talking about an airplane that had flown into the World Trade Center, a terrible accident that caused a major fire in one of the tall buildings downtown.  

Scary Babies

Canada has a new Food Guide: how has it changed?

Dear EarthTalk: How does Canada’s newly released “Food Guide” differ from the food recommendations offered up by the U.S. government?

J. Wheeler

Albany, N.Y.

 

These days, many countries around the world produce food guidelines periodically to help improve nutrition and encourage healthy lifestyles among their populaces. 

Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-24-17

When is it enough?

Are you embarrassed yet? Last week’s comments by Donald Trump on the Charlottesville violence by shocked me. Seventy years ago U.S. troops (including my dad) defeated the Nazis. In Germany today, there are no statues of Hitler, and no Nazi flags hung. 

One hundred and fifty years ago U.S. troops defeated the Confederacy. Yet statues of seditious generals litter the South, Confederate flags and bumper stickers can be spotted in our community. I think it is time to move on. Why celebrate enemies and traitors?

Jails and punishment and recidivism

Since it is likely there may be some high-profile possible jailings in the not-too-distant future, it is perhaps useful to review what prisons are, how they work and what their real function is. 

Bear in mind that pretty much everyone already agrees that justice and the law are often separated by an insurmountable chasm. But once convicted, people go off to jail.

Has manipulative science gone too far?

Amid reports about terrorist attacks in Spain, nuclear threats from North Korea, white supremacists in Virginia and, of course, chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon’s ouster a very important bit of news has slipped under the radar. Scientists in Portland, Ore., have figured out a way to successfully “edit” DNA in human embryos.

The enormity of this feat should not go unmentioned. After all, genetic engineering of human embryos has long been aspired to by many in the scientific world. Others, understandably, have feared it. 

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

Glad SFS is willing to listen to other ideas

In recent weeks a steady stream of letters supporting the North East Community Center (NECC) and Spring for Sound (SFS) have appeared in the editorial section of The Millerton News.

I’m pleased to know the NECC has this support.  I, too, am a supporter of the NECC. I may not have pockets as deep as other donors, but I make my annual contributions to help fund programs established by the organization.

The con game — history revisited

It is the oldest political game in the world: In times of economic insecurity, the plutocrat, the rich person, someone powerful in another arena, says to the people who are hurting:

“Your problems aren’t caused by tax dodgers, they are not caused by the richest people not paying you proper salaries with which you can live and raise your family. Your problems are not caused by bankers who gamble your future away. 

Instagram? It’s more like ‘Instagreen,’ am I right?

Dear EarthTalk: How are environmentalists using Instagram to further their causes?

Jason McNeil