The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Climate geoengineering

Dear EarthTalk: What is so-called green patent sharing and how does it work?

Bill Gilmore

Albuquerque, N.M.


The idea behind so-called green patent sharing is that researchers, inventors and companies can share the rights to make, use or incorporate certain patented technologies that benefit the environment, theoretically expediting the development of energy efficiency, pollution prevention, recycling, water conservation and other advances for the common good.

Sheffield Road in Amenia — and milk

Sheffield Road in Amenia is only about four-tenths of a mile long as it enters off of Route 343 (on the way toward Sharon, Conn.) across from Mygatt Road and up to Prospect Street and the top of Depot Hill, but its milk history is interesting, especially as much of an original farm building is still there. 

Cakes for Gays

Protecting children from hazards

Dear EarthTalk: How can we keep our kids safe from environmental hazards all around us in our everyday lives?
Jennifer Nichols
Wareham, M.A.
Children are affected by the same environmental hazards as adults, only they’re more vulnerable, given their smaller size and the fact that their bodies are still developing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), harmful exposures can start as early as in utero.

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Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 10-26-17

Believes in community

I moved to Millerton almost 25 years ago for my job and wanted to be part of this quaint little town. So within three years I was part of the Zoning Board for the village and a year later a Village Trustee. I became part of the American Legion auxiliary in Millerton and have been a member for 20 years. I joined the Millerton Fire Department and served as an EMT for 10 years, one of those years as the captain.

I believed in this community and wanted to make it the best it could be alongside my best friend, Mariley Najdek.

Preserving Nature by discarding a straight line

Only humans choose the shortest path. No other living creature makes a straight line. Straight lines do not appear in Nature. The first straight lines to appear were made by wetting a piece of leather, folding it and creasing the fold with a rock. When the leather was opened, there was a straight line across the tan surface. This was the beginning of writing, keeping records, making maps, and engineering.

Should we legislate ethics?

We all have that little voice inside our heads that lets us know when we’re doing right or wrong. An internal mechanism, it’s an edit function to help govern how we behave.

Why then, one might ask, do towns and villages find the need to have codes of conduct, or ethics committees? That’s a question that came recently in the wake of a Millerton scandal that saw a Planning Board member and the deputy mayor responsible for a profane message scribbled on the dusty window of a local Realtor’s office door. 

Before the Storm

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 10-19-17

About the Con Con

In the upcoming election Nov. 7, there are three referendum matters on every New York State ballot. Let me draw your attention to one.

It’s listed as the Constitutional Convention, shortened in conversation to “Con Con.” Not the U.S. Constitution: You can’t vote on that, except with your feet. This is our state constitution, enacted in 1894.

North East Highway Garage purchase: Town Board was driven

Last week, the North East Town Board made an exciting announcement: land had finally been found — and bought — for a new highway garage facility.

It was a great deal. Purchased through back taxes, the town paid only $6,687.12 for a 3.7-acre wooded lot, north of the main light in the village of Millerton on Route 22, next to Charlie’s Repair Shop. The deal still has to be approved  by the Dutchess County Legislature.