The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Our differences should unite us, not tear us apart

This week’s editorial addresses the history of racism in the U.S. The original piece was written prior to Saturday’s deadly act of domestic terrorism at the hands of a white supremacist. While we are tremendously saddened that the issue came to a head with the Aug. 12 unrest in Charlottesville, Va., we thought it timely — and wanted to use the opportunity to stress how dangerous hate can be.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-10-17

Bicyclists a pleasing sight

I thoroughly enjoy seeing the cyclists in Millerton on the weekend of the Harlem Valley Rail Ride, and this year was no exception. With the enhancement of perfect weather, I witnessed the happy faces of the riders even at the end of the route when they would have been exhausted from pedaling (some up to 100 miles). 

The event is well-run, with thanks to BB Cycling (Bob Bagomolny and Beth Katz) and their huge team of helpers. 

What’s wrong with soaps?

Dear EarthTalk: Why do antibacterial soaps and other products with triclosan get such a bad rap from health and environmental advocates?

Wanda Caravan

Hartford, Conn.


What’s the point of gender identity?

Fifteen years ago I needed a pistol on the farm — we had rabid raccoons, out in the daylight. A neighbor got bitten. So I went to Terni’s Store in Millerton, and Phil told me I needed a pistol permit. 

I went off to Poughkeepsie and filled in the forms at the police station. The officer there took my fingerprints and reviewed my responses, “What are you, a smart aleck? Under race you put ‘human’; you’re Caucasian.”


Taking steps toward a more informed public

The village and the county held an open house on the Millerton Pedestrian Plan Project on Thursday, Aug. 3, at the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex. In doing so, not only did the village share the results of its work with the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development, but both village and county accomplished something that is critical to local governing: community outreach.

So often, our towns and villages are criticized for not informing the public of their intentions, of the work they’re conducting and of their goals and aspirations.

Letters to the Editor, Aug, 3, 2017 - The Millerton News

Day for girls coverage appreciated

Thank you for the July 13 article and editorial in The Millerton News about our Days for Girls mission. I was well pleased with the facts included and the clarity of the writing. 

Your support is greatly appreciated: it has given us needed exposure throughout the area.

Round Pond in the mid-1900s, when it was available for town recreation area use …

That was when the Lions Club had assumed responsibilities for the area, and the swimming, fishing and picnicking were good.  

The kids of Amenia, at least, had a chance to swim in their town, plus learn how to do so. There were ultimately a changing area, a sand beach and a diving raft. There was also a picnic area. The recreation program transported residents by bus while others drove and parked there. 

Getting past 2-D thinking is the key

There’s a major flaw in humans. With two eyes, and genetically always looking at flat planes of vision, we tend to think, “see,” in two dimensions. Because we live in a 3-D world, we piece together our world in 2-D planes of sight, vertical and horizontal, to effectively record the dimension, size, shape and color of objects that are 3-D. 

Millerton won’t be the same ….

Millerton will soon be losing a piece of its history, with the impending closure of the iconic Saperstein’s. On Main Street for 70 years, Saperstein’s has long met the needs of not only village residents, but of those living around the entire Tri-state region.