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On demonization and a baseball game

Following the targeted shooting of Republican baseball players practicing last week in Virginia for the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, there have been more bipartisan statements, from both sides of the aisle, than the American public has heard in perhaps years. That is fitting, in that the charity game itself, started in 1909 and played by members of Congress and their friends almost every year since, is an occasion of bipartisan congeniality, and competition, every summer. 

Thanks, ‘NASCAR’ Dave

Thanks, ‘NASCAR’ Dave

There are many wonderful residents living in the Tri-state region, but few have made as big a difference as “NASCAR” Dave MacMillan. MacMillan has run the Sunday in the Country Food Drive (SITCFD) for the past 25 years with great success — feeding thousands who would otherwise have gone without during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-15-17

Pages of fun

The FRIENDS of the Pine Plains Free Library hold an annual book sale for two days over Memorial Day weekend. It’s quite labor intensive; we spend weeks before-hand collecting and sorting books in the basement then spend the week prior to the sale bringing them up to the Community Room and setting up. We are very grateful to the town for the use of the Community Room as it took us working every morning for five days prior to the sale, plus some extra time in the afternoons, to get ready. 

The telecommunications battleground

More than 30 years ago a judge, Harold Greene, made a landmark decision called the Modified Final Judgement, which basically said AT&T was too big to control (anti-trust applied to the 1949 Telecommunications Act) and needed to be broken up. AT&T could only, thereafter, be a long distance company and all the regional Bell Systems had to be independent. 

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Climate change down on the farm

Dear EarthTalk: How are farms and farmers dealing with climate change?

Michael Harris

Lorton, Va.

 

Agriculture may well be one of the industries hardest hit by the effects of global warming. The non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental advocacy group, reports that warming-related drought and flooding is already behind tens of billions of dollars in American agricultural losses annually. 

Selling military hardware and technology

Now it is time to be scared. Trump is not just selling a record amount of military hardware to the Saudis, as has been widely reported, but he is also selling something more.

I am not anti-Saudi. I think their foreign minister is absolutely brilliant, and that they have legitimate reasons to be concerned about Yemen. 

But much of the new military hardware we are about to supply to the Saudis is going to be used, not for defense, but for offense in Yemen to support the regime that they prefer. 

Today’s many faces of activism

My extended family, refugees from Nazi Austria and Germany, landed in countries as far-flung as Australia, Mexico, Palestine, England, Turkey and the United States. My parents, who had met while on transit visas in England, found comfort in their native language and the foods they had grown up with, and they were critical of much about America. 

But they were always grateful that the United States was a democracy whose checks and balances would prevent a potential dictator from assuming power.

Let This Go

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1917

SALISBURY — Miss Carrie Marston has returned to her home here after spending some months in New York.

LAKEVILLE — Edward Winckworth, who is quite ill with inflammatory rheumatism, is reported as slightly improved. His many friends trust that he will soon be around again.

TMI