The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

What will the summit do?

Dear EarthTalk: How did the Global Climate Action Summit coming up later this year in San Francisco come about and what do organizers hope to accomplish?

Jamie Smith

San Jose, Calif.


Travel excitement

A joint vision of the future

It was a long meeting, and a lot was discussed. But the joint meeting of the North East and Millerton boards and staff on Thursday, March 1, regarding the comprehensive plan update was incredibly productive.

There were seven members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan Update Committee present, along with planning consultants and many, many members of town and village planning and zoning boards. The collective energy was focused — the amount of information discussed, intense.

Led by planning consultant Nan Stolzenburg, the meeting lasted for two hours. 

NRA Discount

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 3-1-18

Stop the gas drilling

The Trump administration is opening up almost all of the coastal waters of the United States to oil and gas drilling. In order to look for gas and oil deposits deep beneath the ocean’s floor, the gas or oil companies would have to use something called seismic airgun blasting. 

The legacy of Duck & Cover

Carvel developers return to Pine Plains

It’s been years in the making: the creation and execution of the Carvel Property Development at the hands of real estate tycoon Douglas Durst and his Durst Organization.

Proposed in its original incarnation in June 2003 as a massive housing development with country club amenities, more recent plans for the development have morphed into something else, something slightly more manageable for the small, rural communities of Pine Plains and Milan. Now, years later, developers are planning for 645 units: 591 located in Pine Plains and 54 units in Milan. 

Bang bang

The dangerous pleasure of being right

Declogging drains — the safe way

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the chemicals we use to unclog backed-up drains are harmful to our health and the environment. Can you suggest safer alternative products or methods?

Amy Smith

Rome, N.Y.