The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

A tale of two Chinas

For years, investors bought into the China story. Growth rates twice as fast as the rest of the world, fueled by sky-rocketing exports made competitive by billions of hard-working, low-wage employees grateful to have a job. What happened?

We can hope for an adequate Trump presidency

Let me be perfectly clear, as Richard Nixon liked to say before he wasn’t, I fervently hope Donald Trump turns out to be an adequate president, because we can’t afford less than that modest wish.

I have no illusions he will be a great or even a good president, but if he does no lasting harm in the next four years, a healthy chunk of a grateful nation will finally exhale. In the meantime, he continues to confound with his bluster, his ego, his ignorance, his hidden tax returns and various ethical questions.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 12-15-16

Thanks, Dutchess County executive

A word of thanks to Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

On behalf of the Town Board, the Highway Department and the taxpayers of the town of North East, I would like to express my appreciation to you, the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development, the Dutchess County Legislature and all other involved in the 2016 Municipal Consolidation & Shared Services Supplement Grant selection process.

Parking needs to be easier to find

Dear EarthTalk: Driving around and around city blocks looking for parking seems like a colossal waste of fuel (and time). Is anyone working on ways to reduce this extra traffic and emissions burden?

Bernice Mickelson

New York, N.Y.


Under the media radar

There is a clear and present danger to America, and it goes way beyond people’s fears of the Supreme Court nominees you will be hearing about over the coming months.
I do not know of a business that can be run any more without the Internet, and that includes all the car manufacturers, every single restaurant or fast food chain, every Hollywood studio, every bus company, every train operator, Facebook, Twitter, every trucking and shipping company, every oil company … the list is 100 percent long for every business in America.

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Santa lives in Millerton …

There’s no better time to think of others than during the holidays. When so many of us celebrate with our family and friends, exchanging gifts and sharing food and laughter, it’s important to remember that not everyone is so fortunate.

There are those of us, including children, who experience great need all year long — but especially during Christmastime. For those children, thankfully, there’s Stacey Moore.

Remember Pearl Harbor

Hard to believe it’s been 75 years since that Sunday the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, even harder to believe I can vividly recall something that happened 75 years ago.

There aren’t that many of us who actually “remember Pearl Harbor,” as the war’s first popular song urged. The principals are long gone — Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Marshall, Emperor Hirohito and the architect of the attack, the Harvard-educated American-admirer Admiral Yamamoto. Only about 600,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in the war survive. 

Are we headed for an economic recession?

With President-elect Donald Trump taking office on Jan. 20, 2017, and with the GOP maintaining majority control of both houses of Congress, is there a risk of the U.S. falling into economic recession from 2017 to 2020? If history is any guide, the answer is most likely: Yes!

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