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

Din of saber rattling

There was a time, for those either well educated in world history or old enough to remember, that no Republican ever got us into a foreign war after the Spanish-American War (five months in 1898) when William McKinley was at the helm. 

World War One? Woodrow Wilson. World War Two? Roosevelt. The Cold War and Korea? Truman. Vietnam? Kennedy/Johnson.

Justice Gorsuch and the environment

Dear EarthTalk: With Neil Gorsuch filling the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, what will be the implications for environmental and climate policy?

Jim Metcalf

Newark, Del.


Environmental leaders aren’t particularly jazzed about Neil Gorsuch as Donald Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy left on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Antonin Scalia in February 2016. 

An open letter to our legislators

Dear members of the U.S. Congress:

Would it be an imposition on all of you to ask that you read this letter I have written? I’m not calling out names or parties or affiliations or gender. I’m not mad at anyone, although my blood boils when I hear about mistreatment happening to those who are sick, poor or mentally ill. It reflects on the society I am so much a part of. It demeans me, and you, when suffering occurs as a choice made by one person (or group) onto another who is weaker or vulnerable.

Earth Day perfect time to talk about recycling

We all have something in common: We all live on this  ever-shrinking place called Earth. As global citizens, in an effort to keep the planet strong and resilient, we must do our part to protect and preserve it.

Recycle. It’s a really easy place to start. 

These days, waste management companies provide containers for recyclables. Never has separating out plastics, glass, newspaper and cardboard been easier to do at home, in the office or on the go. 

Fine Print

Considering the state of the county

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro is a people person. He’s got great communication skills, and he knows how to network. He also knows how to promote the county and all of its causes. That’s key, as Molinaro has recently been on a town forum tour, visiting different municipalities to talk about the 2017 state of the county.

Holiday recreation

America is full of people wanting to do something. People come from all around the world to experience our outdoors, our culture and rub shoulders with our pioneering spirit. Our land is full of natural wonders, vistas that take your breath away. Cultures ancient and new are open, waiting, to be explored. New England, coasts, mountains, plains, desert Southwest, Alaskan forests and glaciers, hills and valleys, historic rivers — all these are our playground, and Americans know how to play.

Visionaries today?

Dear EarthTalk: The environmental movement was built on the philosophies of people like Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson. But who are the great environmental visionaries of our own day and age?

Betsy Englund

Boston, Mass.


Drones are the next multi-tool, with many varied uses

From the Super Bowl to saving lives, drones are seemingly limitless. If you watched the Super Bowl, then you saw the halftime show where Intel revealed the logo in the sky with an array of drones lighting up the words. That was to announce that their company was entering the drone industry. 

What makes drones so important that Intel wants in? Well, it is that they have an incredible number of uses. From saving lives to capturing moments (and perps and Italian tax cheats), drones can seemingly do anything.