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Today is another hot and humid day in a summer that has seen many of them. Despite recent rains, the rivers remain low and the sun is bright and my garden still thirsts for rain. Some folks like it hot and muggy but I am not one of them. Today is the kind of day I wish I were at the beach, rather than in a room without air conditioning.

Actually, my garden is doing well this summer because I have carefully weeded and watered it and all that warm sunshine is making my vegetables grow with vigor. The dry weather also means there is less powdery mildew on the leaves of the wild...

The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

We’re being extorted by computer giants

Imagine if that car you bought was more than 3 years old and you went to the dealer and they told you, “We no longer will service that model, it is too old, you should upgrade to a newer model.” And what if they then frog-marched you over to the newer models and told you that unless you bought one of them, you’d have no car to drive any moment now? Where would your loyalty be to that car manufacturer? Out the window.

‘No’ to Kent Hollow Mine appeal is a good decision

It’s been a long time coming. Finally, after years of applications, appeals, research and reviews, the Amenia zoning board has made a final ruling in the Kent Hollow Mine appeal. 

Denied. So stated the Amenia Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), which voted unanimously to deny the appeal of a zoning violation for being a nonconforming use.

A correction about national politics, 18 years in the making

Members of four generations, ages 37 to 77, are currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. The list includes two from a generation whose political obituary I wrote in this newspaper 18 years ago.

Lesson from recent history

Gustave Gilbert, an intelligence officer at the end of World War II, interviewed on-trial (Nuremberg Trials) Hermann Goering. The Reichsmarschall and Gilbert had long, uninterrupted conversations, recorded in Gilbert’s journals, meticulously kept. 

The trial was not going in the Reichsmarschall’s favor. Here are Gilbert’s recorded observations. They warrant thinking about, deeply and clearly, especially with tensions rising around the world to which Congress seems no longer to have any oversight nor control of United States leaders’ response.

Old vaccines and new vaccines explained

I am a strict constructionist on the necessity of vaccines. Since Edward Jenner produced a vaccine for smallpox in 1799, millions, perhaps billions of lives have been saved by vaccines. The search for new vaccines will never end because infectious organisms constantly evolve. Influenza viruses evolve to escape last year’s immune defenses. We have yet to master HIV with a vaccine. 

Blatant bias from White House against homeless

Sometimes you hear something that is so distasteful, so blatantly unfair, that it stops you  cold in your tracks. 

News that President Trump supports a proposal from the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would allow the operators of federally funded homeless shelters to deny services to those they feel are unworthy is one such instance.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-20-19

Land donation appreciated

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies thanks Heather Croner for her donation of 5.5 acres of land near the now-closed Nardon Bridge. Heather is a neighbor and longtime supporter.

Democracy is at stake

As de Tocqueville pointed out over 160 years ago, US lawyers have risen to take the place of the older form of societal control: that of the aristocracy. They share habits, tastes and — he pointed out -— they share the aristocracies’ “contempt for popular opinion.” He felt, and this has been borne out since, that lawyers and their control and interpretation of the law, form a counter-argument for the intentions embedded in the Constitution.