The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

The views up and down Depot Hill Road

It was a real farm road in its day — when the families of William Murphy and Joseph McEnroe lived on the top of Depot Hill Road in the early-to-mid 1900s. Murphy had a family farm and McEnroe was in the Amenia town government. They lived near each other and could see across to DeLavergne Hill as Depot Hill Road went downhill to the old Amenia-Wassaic Road. It was a great view, as was the DeLavergne Hill view from the other direction. But more changes are in effect now, as the 21st century blooms. 

What’s wrong with books these days?

The short answer abounding these days is that there are too many of them being published and the media doesn’t really give a damn. That was not always the case in publishing or any other manufacture.

LAPping it up …

LAP. It stands for Local Action Project, something that’s being promoted by the teachers’ association of the North East (Webutuck) Central School District. 

With a recommendation from Webutuck Teachers’ Association (WTA) leader Rebecca Garrard, LAP is a way for the district to better connect with the community it serves. This goes beyond engaging with taxpayers during budget time, or contractual talks, it’s applicable throughout the academic year — in ways big and small.

NRA World

Environmental justice and what it means

Dear EarthTalk: What is meant by “environmental justice” and how is it under assault in the new Trump administration?

Mike Garner

New Orleans, La.


Environmental justice is defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income, with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.” 

Walking ideological paths in these very political times

There is, in America and increasingly around the world, a propensity for people to choose sides. They idealize their dreams and hopes into ideology and serve it up both as a barrier to any open-minded discussion as well as the very essence of who they are. And like any strongly held belief, their newfound faith in that ideology causes them to overlook what would otherwise be commonsense warning signs.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 4-27-17

I think of ketchup

When I think of my dad I think of ketchup. Yes, ketchup. He ate it on everything. No matter how special the meal, it was summarily drowned in ketchup. What I am seeing now is that so much of my understanding of my dad, his life, his struggles, his memories, our family history were also drowned in ketchup. 

How sharing our past can help our future

Everyone has a past, a history. It’s part of what makes us who we are. 

Sharing stories about our history can be cathartic. It can also help unite people and bridge the gap often created through lack of communication and understanding.

Enter the Open Communities Project’s How We Got Here — Our Stories of Migration. It’s a locally driven project meant to break down the barriers among all U.S. citizens — almost all of whom have stories of migration — especially those living right here in the Harlem Valley.

Night Games

Din of saber rattling

There was a time, for those either well educated in world history or old enough to remember, that no Republican ever got us into a foreign war after the Spanish-American War (five months in 1898) when William McKinley was at the helm. 

World War One? Woodrow Wilson. World War Two? Roosevelt. The Cold War and Korea? Truman. Vietnam? Kennedy/Johnson.