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Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-20-19

Land donation appreciated

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies thanks Heather Croner for her donation of 5.5 acres of land near the now-closed Nardon Bridge. Heather is a neighbor and longtime supporter.

Democracy is at stake

As de Tocqueville pointed out over 160 years ago, US lawyers have risen to take the place of the older form of societal control: that of the aristocracy. They share habits, tastes and — he pointed out -— they share the aristocracies’ “contempt for popular opinion.” He felt, and this has been borne out since, that lawyers and their control and interpretation of the law, form a counter-argument for the intentions embedded in the Constitution.

The evolving business of baseball

Attendance is down, as is viewership, as we head into the 2019 season. Major League Baseball is hoping some rule changes will turn around the decline. Will it be enough, and does it matter anyway?

Defenders of the game argue that last season’s declines were to be expected. Television ratings for all sporting events have been declining for years.  But TV ratings in the new world of digital streaming are not what they used to be. There just isn’t a good way to capture this new viewership data.

Secrets and fact of CO2

Low-carbon diet: The easy way to fight global warming

Dear EarthTalk: What is a low-carbon diet and is it good for losing weight or is it only about saving the planet?

— Jane Monroe

Scranton, Penn.

 

Golf

Are our hands tied?

Sometimes, much is said with few words. That’s because words, when chosen precisely and with great care, can communicate a whole lot. Such was the case when special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller spoke on Wednesday, May 29, for roughly 10 minutes at the Justice Department.

Mueller spoke about his report — his testimony, as he put it — and threw the issue back to Congress.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-6-19

Find a church and go to it

I was in church last Sunday, where were you? And why weren’t you there? Is it easier to just be a slob on Sunday morning? Oh, you don’t really believe there was a God? Really? Do you think Amadeus Mozart and William Shakespeare evolved from sea creatures or monkeys?  I mean, when you look at a shelf full of meaningful books, you know there had to have been a God, or if you’d rather say, a Higher Power.