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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

A look back, a look ahead

It’s finally here: 2019. The New Year is a great time to reflect on how things have gone in the past and where things are headed in the future. We’ve done this before, just 12 months ago, and it’s always a good exercise that, ideally, teaches us.

So, how was 2018? It was, inarguably, a difficult year. Presidential leadership, well, that could be an entire editorial in and of itself. It was, on the whole, troubling. President Trump got ugly at times. Here are just a few examples: 

New Year Lesson: Connections & Redundancy

This is a story like none ever before in human history. More radical than the Industrial Revolution. Let’s imagine you have a plastic bottle of Tropicana orange juice in your fridge. There is a chain of events and people needed to put it there. Until you understand that chain, you can have no understanding whatsoever of how the economy works and what the future holds. And if we look at this backwards, it may be easier to understand.

The joys of learning to be a hospice volunteer

Hospice teams accompanied my mother, an aunt and uncle, and both my husband’s parents during their last months, keeping them pain-free and comfortable, which helped them focus on relationships with family and die in dignity and peace. Although these family members lived in Virginia, Ohio and California, and hospice is a locally run organization, in every case the hospice philosophy of working with both the patients and their loved ones was as evident as was the quiet dedication and care of its professionals and volunteers.

Bone Spurs

Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 12-20-18

See you at January breakfast

On Sunday, Dec. 16, the Amenia Fire Company held their monthly pancake breakfast. We were pleased to have a nice crowd of 169 people in attendance to enjoy a hearty meal. 

We rely on the breakfasts to raise much-needed money for general operations and we always appreciate the support of the community. We thank everyone who attends our meals throughout the year and we hope to see you again for the next one on Sunday, Jan. 20. 

We’re talking more than AAA batteries here

Battery power needs to be much more capable in order to change how everything works: your cell phone, a car, airplanes, drones and a host of uses just waiting for electric power to be more compact and transportable. Of course, only a fool would think that DARPA and the folks at advanced technology labs around the world have not already cracked this. But their inventions are mostly under wraps, useful only for those devices where a return on investment (ROI) is never measured.

Deep-six Trump’s wall

An extremely hostile gesture toward Hispanic people on both sides of the border, President Trump’s proposed border wall is also an ineffective way of reducing unwanted migrants and goods from entering our country and a colossal waste of money. Even though the scope of the project has been scaled back, cost estimates keep increasing and Trump’s own estimates have grown from less than $10 billion dollars to a current budget demand of $25 billion; and this would only be an initial down payment.

Tornillo

Some things improve in afterlife

Reading the press accolades for the late President George H.W. Bush, it was difficult to reconcile today’s “revered statesman” with the “wimp” label the media pinned on him in office.

As vice president and then president in the 1980s and early 1990s, Bush was portrayed by the press as an out-of-touch bumbler, a national joke on late-night TV and in newsrooms. White House correspondents delighted in catching Bush in gaffes and in pointing out what, in their liberal view, were his wrong-headed policy positions, which was just about all of them.

What have I learned so far?

I remember when I was a very young child, every summer my family vacationed at the beach and visited a friend of my father’s who lived there. He was a fisherman delivering seafood for the local restaurants. And as soon as he saw me, he would ask the same question he had asked every summer: “Hey kid, tell me, what did you learn in the school this year?”