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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

Giving thanks, taking stock

This is the time of year when we like to evaluate our lives and give thanks for all we have. If we’re honest, we take a hard look — we look at our relationships, our work, our homes, our communities. We analyze what we contribute and what more we could do. We also, or at least we should, figure out where we fall short.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t celebrate the wonderful things going on in our lives. We should. And we should share that joy with those around us. Everyone could use encouragement, and hope. 

Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 11-22-18

Beware of snowy roads and take caution

Please remember that keeping Pine Plains roads passable during inclement weather is my top priority during the winter months. I would appreciate your cooperation while my crew members are trying to do their jobs.

Jobs? What to plan for in burgeoning tech age

Giving thanks for renewed life in a neglected garden

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t spend much time outdoors this past summer. It seems that either it was raining — movie rains, coming down in voluptuous sheets, obscuring windows and flooding driveways; or, it was so hot that I was reluctant to leave my air-conditioned living room. To be honest, the outdoors has never held a great attraction for me. Hiking and biking are not my thing. Wining and dining is more like it.  

Thanksgiving

Budget hearings are a missed opportunity

One minute. Three minutes. An hour.

That’s how long it took the towns of Amenia, North East and Pine Plains to hold their public hearings on their municipal budgets, respectively.

In the audience, for each, was one person from the public, two people and four people, in that order.

In the town of Washington, no one participated in the hearing, so the board actually voted to keep it open for an additional week.

Letters to the Editor - The Millerton News - 11-15-18

Disservice to taxpayers

The Amenia Town Board did an unfortunate disservice to Amenia taxpayers by overriding the tax cap with the 2019 Budget.  By their action, Amenia taxpayers with a STAR exemption will not receive a refund check from New York state in 2019. 

When I approached Councilwoman Vicki Doyle about the rebate she agreed and said “Well, it is only $150 for me.”  Well, Ms. Doyle and all Town Board members, $150 is very important to seniors and others on fixed income.

Your coffee habit may contribute to deforestation

Dear EarthTalk: I drink a lot of coffee and I’m wondering how bad this is for the environment? And how I can make sure I’m feeding my three-cup-a-day habit in the greenest way possible?

Denny Mahon

Worcester, Mass.

 

100 years after World War I

November the 11th, last Sunday, was the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. To start with the original name was The Great War and only got called the First when we started the Second. And words from that time have lasted throughout the century since.  And some are very apt especially today.

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