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 airguns are dragged behind ships and shoot blasts of compressed air, which travel through the water and miles into the seabed, harming sea mammals., turtles, fish and other wildlife. According to government estimates, seismic airgun blasting could injure up to 138,000 whales and dolphins.

This is a loud and dangerous process which also compromises the economic well-being of coastal residents. One survey reported that rates of cod and haddock catch decreased 40 percent to 60 percent for thousands of miles. In addition, seismic airgun blasting affects the quality of life of residents and visitors. The blasts can be heard up to 2,500 miles away, more than the distance between Washington, D.C and Las Vegas. They occur every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days to several weeks. Fishing and tourism, economic mainstays in coastal communities, will be affected. Once these rigs are built, they are here to stay, forever.

This is why we must oppose this Trump administration initiative by letting other people know, by supporting organizations fighting to stop drilling, and, of course, by calling our Senate and House representative, especially our Republican and former gas/oil lobbyist and Mercer-funded John Faso, to let him know how we feel. Tell him to speak up.

Mary Lynn Kalogeras

North East


Irondale Schoolhouse seeks volunteers

Once again the Irondale Schoolhouse will be open for visitation commencing in late May. Incredibly, last year over 2,500 people, some from distant locations, enjoyed learning what early education was all about in the 1800s.

The Schoolhouse will be open weekends and is manned by volunteers who take great pleasure instructing those folks about the history of early education and the community itself.

Presently we have a need for volunteers who enjoy meeting people and sharing their knowledge of this remarkable local attraction. We don’t require anyone to be an expert on the Schoolhouse, we’ll help you with that knowledge beforehand.

There is no age requirement. We especially encourage seniors to come forward and spend a few hours helping others to learn about the Schoolhouse and its history. Shifts are limited to three hours. It isn’t necessary to make a long-term commitment or work every weekend. While our volunteers receive no salary, lunch will be provided for any volunteer completing a three hour shift.

To receive more information or volunteer, you may email info@irondaleschoolhouse.org or call 518-789-4619.

John Walters, Trustee

Irondale Schoolhouse



Student appeals to President   in the wake of Florida shooting

At the Millbrook Central School District Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 16-year-old high school junior Gabrielle Migliore read a letter she wrote to President Trump in the aftermath of the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Fla. It follows below:

Dear President Trump, I am Gabrielle Migliore, a 16-year-old high school student in Millbrook, N.Y. I am writing you concerning the recent mass shootings occurring in our country. I am sure you and I can both agree that these shootings are disgusting, and that something needs to change.

As a high school student in this country who enjoys my education, I don’t want to feel unsafe while attending school. I don’t want to have to worry about my safety. Most importantly, I don’t want to have to worry about the safety of my fellow high school students across the nation.

When will the day be that I won’t have to be nervous about seeing a headline that would add to the 18 school shootings that have occurred just this year?

Change is necessary and should have happened a long, long time ago. How many times does this have to happen to the young people of the United States for you to enforce change and to protect the students of the nation you run? We can’t wait for the next mass shooting to spark conversation again.  And something needs to result from it.

Please show us that we can have faith in you to protect us. We don’t deserve this, no one deserves this.

It is your duty as the president of the United States to end these disgraceful occurrences to society. The students in this country and the future of the United States need to know that you’re behind us. The hard-working teachers who sculpt our lives need to know they don’t have to go into school every day worrying about the students’ lives and their own.

President Trump, this letter is a call for help from myself, my peers, the students of America, their parents and our amazing teachers. Our government needs to keep us safe and we are currently being failed.

Gun reform isn’t just a necessity at this point, it is a right that we Americans deserve. The tragedy that is occurring is becoming more and more overwhelming as the days pass and the number of mass shootings increase. We are becoming more vulnerable and we cannot live in fear any longer.

We need to stop blaming everything but the gun and start looking at the issue at hand right in the face.

This isn’t the America I want to remember growing up in. I don’t want my future children to have to attend school in fear.

Please help us and hear our pleas. I know the job you’re doing is incredibly difficult, but please put this as a major priority right now. We need you to step up and take action. The poor kids whose lives are taken deserve the action to ensure this will never happen to innocent children again.

I would be extremely grateful if you would give me the time to discuss these issues with you, so I could gain more insight to the situation and the steps being taken to prevent this from happening again.

President Trump, thank you so much for your time and I hope you get to read this letter. Thank you again, and I hope I’ll get to meet you.

Gabrielle R. Migliore



Important choice for village trustee

On Tuesday, March 20, village of Millerton voters will elect two candidates to fill trustee positions on the Village Board. I will be casting my vote for Dave Sherman and Alicia Sartori. 

Dave, a current trustee and former town supervisor, has proven to be a steady and competent presence on the board. As the village moves forward with several projects at hand, Dave’s experience in government and municipal procedures are assets the board cannot afford to lose.

Alicia, a newcomer and someone I’ve known since childhood, is highly educated and has extensive experience in budgeting and managing. She cares about Millerton, is energetic, motivated and well-organized. Her “get-it-done” attitude and tireless work ethic are needed characteristics for a trustee wanting to make improvements in our community.

Please join me on Tuesday, March 20, from noon till 9 p.m. at the Nutrition Center and cast your vote for Dave Sherman and Alicia Sartori.

Stephen Waite

Deputy Mayor

Village of Millerton