The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Defense without America as a reliable partner

The policy and tweet statements from the new administration are causing allies around the world to begin to prepare for defense without the U.S. support, coordination and technology sharing afforded by at least the last 13 administrations going all the way back to FDR. 

On the face of it, this seems to be in the U.S. taxpayers’ interest because, no doubt, it could reduce our investment in foreign countries’ defense preparation. 

Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 2-16-17

Anti-Semitic messages are troubling

As the rabbi of Congregation Beth David of Amenia, I am deeply troubled, as is the entire Jewish community, by the swastikas and anti-Semitic messages that have been found in our communities in recent weeks and months.

A good place to start …

It doesn’t take much to make someone feel included: a simple hello, a friendly wave, an inquiry about one’s well being. That’s the premise behind Start with Hello Week, which ran from Feb. 6 through 10 this year.

Start with Hello is the brainchild of the Sandy Hook community, made up of parents and loved ones who lost children in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012. 

Drawing and lettering

Goodbye, Grand Union: What we’re losing

Everyone remembers their first job. I will definitely remember mine, even though according to the internet, it doesn’t exist. That’s right: If you Google “Grand Union Family Markets” and go to Wikipedia, you’ll be told that there are no more stores in existence.  

Our Grand Union slipped under the radar somehow. It stood strong through the selling, rebranding, and demolishing of the rest of its species, and while they closed down one by one, it somehow survived. Come Feb. 25, it will be gone, too.

The Trials of Denial: Science and the Trump administration

Part 2

Eppur si muove

‘And yet it moves!” These are the words of Galileo, after torture by Pope Urban VIII and the Inquisition forced him to recant the idea that Earth moves around the Sun. Scripture said otherwise, and the Pope had a vested interest in that fiction. Galileo was slammed into house arrest in 1633. 

Frederick Douglass

‘I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted,” Frederick Douglass said.
Awkwardly referred to recently by a certain Washington official, Douglass is of keen interest during Black History Month. He’s part of a steady progression that went to Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks — and to too many others to include here.

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A different view – more optimistic?

Yes, these days are troubling for many of us. Emergency, unthought-out edicts emanating along with 140-character dribs and drabs of “The World According to Garp”-like desperation and ego massaging. But there is the good news and a little of the bad.

Remarkable Recovery

Yes, folks, there are vegan cosmetics

Dear EarthTalk: Do you have any recommendations for vegan health and beauty products?

Janice T.

Brooklyn, N.Y.