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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Change can sometimes promise great things

It’s sometimes hard to accept change, especially when the status quo is working nicely. But sometimes, change is thrust upon us, like it or not, and in those instances it’s best to embrace the change and make it as positive and productive as possible.

Oceanfront Property

Environmentalism and social media

Dear EarthTalk: What are some ways environmentalists are using social media to further their causes?

Sam Baskin

Tullahoma, Tenn.

 

Environmental advocates and organizations have embraced the revolution in online networking in no small way to raise awareness about climate change and the need for conservation of wild lands and animals — and to generate support for specific campaigns and the green movement in general.

Our human culture: What’s in store?

Part 1 of 2

 

Culture is a word often associated only with the arts or media. But culture is what human behavior is based on, how our communication and inter-relationships work. Without culture, we would still be in the Stone Age or worse. 

The trials of denial

Part I

 

The newly appointed head of the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, does not accept the evidence for carbon-based climate change. Many members of Congress are climate skeptics, as is President-elect Trump, who called it a hoax. Against the podium pounders of climate denial, it may be a lonely quest, but let me ask: what is the evidence that the “hoax” is instead a real threat?

Please rise for the national anthem

Sports stars who protest the national anthem aren’t sending the right message. Athletes like Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers are using their celebrity to show that they are against police brutality. What they’re doing is wrong. It spreads the idea that protesters of police tactics are unpatriotic people who don’t care what is right or wrong. They are inciting discord among fans, the populace and the NFL. It is also disrespectful to veterans and those who lost their lives serving this country.

What is vegan leather?

Dear EarthTalk: What is vegan leather made from, and how does it compare with conventional leather in regard to environmental impact?

Katherine Sutton

Washington, D.C.

 

The invaluable, yet scarce, Senate Torture Report

Part 1 of 2

 

Recently, I traveled for the fourth time to Guantanamo Bay Naval Station to observe, once again, pre-trial proceedings in the prosecution by military commission of the 9/11 defendants, which case, as I have opined in this newspaper before, may never reach trial. Something very important happened that week, and we do not yet know the result.

Being thankful as the year 2017 begins

This morning I was lulled awake by my clock radio and my favorite public station. I took my time, as I had taken the day off, and enjoyed the warmth and comfort of my beautiful bed with a great mattress, clean sheets, and fluffy comforter. I got up, used my indoor plumbing, and made hot tea, with sugar and fresh milk, and I climbed back in bed and watched my favorite morning show on TV. When my dog finally woke up, we took a walk outside through the beautiful lawns and gardens of the six acres where I live.