I’m wearing my Québec baseball cap as this Saturday, July 1, is Canada’s 150th birthday as an independent nation and that achievement deserves notice.

I shouldn’t have to explain the importance of Canada to the United States and to the world. It’s the Canadian Niagara Falls that everyone oohs at. It’s the Canadians who were a solid force at Vimy Ridge during World War I. It’s from Newfoundland that Cyrus Field sent the first trans-Atlantic cable message. It’s Canada that showed us the snowmobile, the artificial heart and women jet-...

The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

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

Glad SFS is willing to listen to other ideas

In recent weeks a steady stream of letters supporting the North East Community Center (NECC) and Spring for Sound (SFS) have appeared in the editorial section of The Millerton News.

I’m pleased to know the NECC has this support.  I, too, am a supporter of the NECC. I may not have pockets as deep as other donors, but I make my annual contributions to help fund programs established by the organization.

Drained the Swamp

The con game — history revisited

It is the oldest political game in the world: In times of economic insecurity, the plutocrat, the rich person, someone powerful in another arena, says to the people who are hurting:

“Your problems aren’t caused by tax dodgers, they are not caused by the richest people not paying you proper salaries with which you can live and raise your family. Your problems are not caused by bankers who gamble your future away. 

Instagram? It’s more like ‘Instagreen,’ am I right?

Dear EarthTalk: How are environmentalists using Instagram to further their causes?

Jason McNeil

Our differences should unite us, not tear us apart

This week’s editorial addresses the history of racism in the U.S. The original piece was written prior to Saturday’s deadly act of domestic terrorism at the hands of a white supremacist. While we are tremendously saddened that the issue came to a head with the Aug. 12 unrest in Charlottesville, Va., we thought it timely — and wanted to use the opportunity to stress how dangerous hate can be.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-10-17

Bicyclists a pleasing sight

I thoroughly enjoy seeing the cyclists in Millerton on the weekend of the Harlem Valley Rail Ride, and this year was no exception. With the enhancement of perfect weather, I witnessed the happy faces of the riders even at the end of the route when they would have been exhausted from pedaling (some up to 100 miles). 

The event is well-run, with thanks to BB Cycling (Bob Bagomolny and Beth Katz) and their huge team of helpers. 

What’s wrong with soaps?

Dear EarthTalk: Why do antibacterial soaps and other products with triclosan get such a bad rap from health and environmental advocates?

Wanda Caravan

Hartford, Conn.


What’s the point of gender identity?

Fifteen years ago I needed a pistol on the farm — we had rabid raccoons, out in the daylight. A neighbor got bitten. So I went to Terni’s Store in Millerton, and Phil told me I needed a pistol permit. 

I went off to Poughkeepsie and filled in the forms at the police station. The officer there took my fingerprints and reviewed my responses, “What are you, a smart aleck? Under race you put ‘human’; you’re Caucasian.”


Taking steps toward a more informed public

The village and the county held an open house on the Millerton Pedestrian Plan Project on Thursday, Aug. 3, at the NorthEast-Millerton Library Annex. In doing so, not only did the village share the results of its work with the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development, but both village and county accomplished something that is critical to local governing: community outreach.

So often, our towns and villages are criticized for not informing the public of their intentions, of the work they’re conducting and of their goals and aspirations.