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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Don’t call these television performances debates

In August of 2015, 15 months before the presidential election, the Republican Party invited 17 of its best and brightest candidates for president to take part in what would be the first of a dozen “debates.”  They would continue until the following March and give us Donald Trump.

Godot

Gun control: Another look

It’s an old argument — one that is deeply divided down party lines: gun control. Should there be stricter regulations when  it comes to purchasing a gun? And, if so, what should those regulations entail? Rarely have the two sides come together in consensus when debating this issue.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News- 3-7-19

Bulbs have been changed

The town of Pine Plains is proud to announce the completion of our replacement of all existing non-LED streetlights with efficient fixtures.

The replacement of these lights is another step in the town’s march toward efficiency in the management of government. These lights, while supplying soft and adequate light, will last longer with a lower cost to taxpayers. And the stars are still visible from the center of town!

Society is right now at a turning point

Democracy and liberty are increasingly under threat around the world as capitalism and the digital revolution get together to rule your life. In fact, new and newer technologies are not only asking you — and you are willfully supplying — reams of data, but — and, here’s the big worry as outlined by Professor Shoshana Zuboff (one of the great minds at Harvard) — those collectors are modifying and manipulating your data even while you think it is still yours or certainly something you are clear about yourself on.

Maybe it’s just wishful thinking

Is the two-party system the best we can do? From the perspective of this unhappy Republican it has a major flaw: It is impossible to stretch a unifying political tent over a party where the political differences are so great and where the so-called “wedge” issues play such a major role. 

Socialism

Dangers of crying wolf

In a time when we hear accusations of “fake news” come from the most powerful man in the world on a near-daily basis, we cannot afford to have people make up stories that could tear this nation apart.

That, however, is exactly what “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is believed to have done following his claims of a bias attack in late January. Smollett said he was brutally attacked by two men who made racial and homophobic slurs, beat him, threw an unknown chemical on him and placed a noose around his neck. 

What biology tells us about addiction

Second of a series on opioids

 

The back of the line

I admit it. I probably don’t realize how often I should be asking a question until suddenly I’m stunned by the answer. This is what happened when I read “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen,” by Jose Antonio Vargas, a successful journalist, immigration activist, and perhaps our most famous undocumented American. For years, I’ve heard people complain: They don’t have a problem with immigrants, what they mind is the ones who’ve come here illegally. Why don’t these people play by the rules and go to the back of the line?