The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Tall Comey

Misinformation on lithium mining

Dear EarthTalk: Is the extraction of lithium for lithium ion batteries really worse for the environment than fracking?

Mitch Newhouse

Oak Park, Ill.


In a world of modern technology, lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are hard to escape; they’re in cell phones, laptops, and basically anything else with rechargeable batteries. 

So many reasons why …

Being a teenager isn’t easy. The body and mind are changing. Social stratification is linked to self worth. Responsibilities grow. Pressure builds. It is, in sum, a period of great stress.

A healthy mind might successfully grapple with such challenges. It can be difficult, but doable.

An unwell mind, one struggling with mental illness, cannot deal with stressors so easily. Life can be dampened by depression, anxiety, psychosis. When things are really dire, teens might turn to suicide as a way out.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 5-11-17

Amenia cleans up on Earth Day

On Earth Day, more than 30 volunteers worked in various locations to clean up the hamlets of Amenia and Wassaic on Saturday, April 22. 

The Housatonic Valley Association, Boy Scouts Troop 29 and the Amenia Conservation Advisory Council (CAC) cleaned up the Wassaic Creek and Wassaic Park. 

Social programs are American

Budget Cuts

Hundred Days

From LOLs to Lots of Love — a moment of tranquility

A few weeks ago, I joined a group that practices mindfulness meditation. I have always been mesmerized by the calming effect of this ancient practice, but this was the first time I actually shared that experience while others were present. 

I should note here that the word “shared” should not be taken literally. Let’s be honest, there is not much sharing that takes place between people who spend most of the time with their eyes tightly closed. 

Are pesticides worth it?

Dear EarthTalk: Even though pesticides may take an environmental toll, isn’t it worth it given how many more mouths we can feed thanks to their use?

Mickey Jurowski

Palatine, Ill.


Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 5-4-17

Needs to read up on the Holocaust

This is in reference to the article, “Remembering when immigrants were treated as the enemy in WWII,” by Kaitlin Lyle in the April 13, edition of The Milerton News. At one point in this article, it was stated, “When describing what life was like for Japanese-Americans in the camps, [Jeffrey] Urbin said they were similar to those in the German concentration camps.”