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Forever changed by Sept. 11

It’s been 17 years, and most Americans remain haunted by remembrances of Sept. 11. Those nightmarish images are burned into our collective memory. They are as gut-wrenching and heartbreaking today as ever.

Every time people talk about the day that took the lives of 2,996 people — at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania — the trauma is re-experienced. 

The dangers of tweaking laws for a few

It’s tough for a town to justify special treatment of any of its constituents. All taxpayers should be treated fairly and equally under the law. But there are times when exceptions arise. The question, of course, is whether it’s a good idea to make exceptions, and whether they can be made fairly. 

Case in point? The request by the Antlers Club in Pine Plains to allow the construction of three new homes on its 10.5-acre grounds — despite that doing so would contradict town zoning. 

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-31-17

Pleased with adopted country

I am a proud immigrant to the United States. I can assure you there is no greater country than my adopted country. Many factors contribute to that status, but central to its overwhelming success as a nation is its Constitution and our adherence to it.

The talent of hiding $$$ in plain sight

Sometimes you have to take tycoons at their word. According to Northrup Grumman Chairman, President, and CEO Wes Bush (July 26), the Pentagon is “increasingly thinking about how they classify their programs.” 

Then he added this tidbit, that there was a “likelihood that an increasing fraction of our business may become restricted.” 

9-11 remembered: A look back on darker days

Part I

 

September 11, 2001 — Having overslept that morning, I hurried to get ready for work without turning on the radio or slowing down to have breakfast. It must have been close to nine o’clock when I came downstairs in the lobby of our apartment building, where I found a group of people excitedly talking about an airplane that had flown into the World Trade Center, a terrible accident that caused a major fire in one of the tall buildings downtown.  

Scary Babies

Canada has a new Food Guide: how has it changed?

Dear EarthTalk: How does Canada’s newly released “Food Guide” differ from the food recommendations offered up by the U.S. government?

J. Wheeler

Albany, N.Y.

 

These days, many countries around the world produce food guidelines periodically to help improve nutrition and encourage healthy lifestyles among their populaces. 

Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-24-17

When is it enough?

Are you embarrassed yet? Last week’s comments by Donald Trump on the Charlottesville violence by shocked me. Seventy years ago U.S. troops (including my dad) defeated the Nazis. In Germany today, there are no statues of Hitler, and no Nazi flags hung. 

One hundred and fifty years ago U.S. troops defeated the Confederacy. Yet statues of seditious generals litter the South, Confederate flags and bumper stickers can be spotted in our community. I think it is time to move on. Why celebrate enemies and traitors?

Jails and punishment and recidivism

Since it is likely there may be some high-profile possible jailings in the not-too-distant future, it is perhaps useful to review what prisons are, how they work and what their real function is. 

Bear in mind that pretty much everyone already agrees that justice and the law are often separated by an insurmountable chasm. But once convicted, people go off to jail.

Has manipulative science gone too far?

Amid reports about terrorist attacks in Spain, nuclear threats from North Korea, white supremacists in Virginia and, of course, chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon’s ouster a very important bit of news has slipped under the radar. Scientists in Portland, Ore., have figured out a way to successfully “edit” DNA in human embryos.

The enormity of this feat should not go unmentioned. After all, genetic engineering of human embryos has long been aspired to by many in the scientific world. Others, understandably, have feared it.