Squirrels have been extremely busy along our roadways, gathering supplies for winter. One day a squirrel will cross the road in one direction. The next day a squirrel — same one or another — will cross the road going the opposite direction. Are rival squirrels toting the same walnut back and forth? Or is it one squirrel that can’t make up its mind?

There are indecisive squirrels, the ones that start to cross, stop as your car approaches, start back, reconsider and go forward again. Too many of these end up as road splats.

But in Lakeville one day, in front...

The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Brought up short by the reality of Washington

I am a fool. I actually believe that governance should be tilted toward the benefit of those in need. 

My biggest financial worry in life is that the ATM at my bank is outside in the weather. It might rain or snow. But people less fortunate than I, financially, don’t have to worry about the ATM. They don’t need one because they have no money in the bank. 

‘Individual mandate’ avoided ‘single payer’

Republican leaders in Congress are boasting that their legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare eliminates the hated “individual mandate,” the requirement that people buy medical insurance. The Republicans say that under their legislation the only people who will not have medical insurance will be people who don’t want it.

But the “individual mandate,” hated as it may be in some quarters, was the price of avoiding the even more hated “single-payer” system, the government’s takeover of medicine. 

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Critical vote on Affordable Care

This week, Congress will consider whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.  Paul Ryan and GOP leadership have introduced legislation that will block millions of people from accessing birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood serves a critical role in our  communities here in the Mid-Hudson Valley. 

The real reason behind the F-35

Too many times we’re hearing — from this column as well as media resources — that the F-35 5th generation fighter is overpriced, a waste of money and generally not needed. 

Even the incumbent in the White House has asked Boeing to consider ramping up the F-18’s capability so that the expensive F-35 can be scrapped. Of course, there’s a twist there, as Boeing lost the competition to make the F-35 and would love to stick it to Lockheed and co.

In search of apples and cider

I have an article about Morgan’s Cider Mill on Mygatt Road in Amenia, written by Eleanor Watley (Mrs. Victor) Cooke of Millerton, exact date unknown;  it had been in the Amenia Historical Society archives. It was about the early 20th Century, when she was a young girl and apples were popular — to grow, to eat and to make cider.  

Has interest cooled in alternative energy?

Dear EarthTalk: Is alternative energy still the next big thing for American venture capitalists?

Jeffrey Moss

Fairfield, Conn.


Still chasing gender equality

Never has celebrating Women’s History Month seemed more appropriate than it does right now, mid-March, with all that’s going on locally and across the nation.

Firstly, we’re pleased to point out, the Millerton village elections boasted a full and exclusive slate of female candidates — the first time anyone can remember that being the case.

Russian Dolls

Looking at regulations that ARE unnecessary

Some years ago, the airlines were pleading poverty (again) and negotiated with the airline pilots’ unions to allow the major airlines to fly “cheaper, smaller” feeder airplanes into hubs like Atlanta, La Guardia, Chicago and so on. The deal was called the Scope Regulations. And these feeder airplanes did not have to have union wages for the pilots. After all, smaller airplanes are not as complex or responsibility-laden as the major, larger aircraft, right?

What just does the EPA do?

Dear EarthTalk: I would like to know what good the EPA has done for the environment?

Mary W.

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