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

Former VP Dick Cheney: When is enough enough?

A View From the Edge

The truth always comes out. I was listening to former Vice President Dick Cheney the other day explain why torture, as a policy, is in America’s interest. He was not advocating carte blanche torture, just the torture “of individuals whose interests are against ours.”

OK, you say, he is all for protecting America. Now Cheney is not a stupid man, but for a smart man he is an awfully bad student (learning from the mistakes of others before him) and, what is worse, he is using his bully pulpit in the media to pervert reason for the next generation.

It’s a matter of women’s health

The Millerton News Editorial

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department made a monumental decision this summer when it declared that health insurance companies must provide no-cost birth control and other preventive services to women starting in August 2012.

According to Planned Parenthood, “More than 38 million American women currently use birth control, and nearly all [98 percent] sexually active American women have used birth control at some time in their lives.”

Texas fire

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Letters to the Editor September 15

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Nomination was proper
At last week’s Town Board meeting, Pamela Michaud accused the Democratic Party of “a shameful miscarriage of justice”  at its caucus when members voted to nominate David Sherman rather than John Merwin to be their candidate for town supervisor.

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My game of Put and Take

The Country Curmudgeon

When I was a kid, we had this little pinball machine called Put and Take. Depending on where the ball landed, you either got points or lost points. It was a fairly mindless game, but it served to kill an hour when you were bored.

There were other versions of the same game; the commercial machine with lights, bells and buzzers and the board game version. I think the old-time casinos had the money version.

Good news in innovation

A View From the Edge

Sometimes, good inventions come in simple packages. And sometimes good people redefine their life’s goals to change the lives of many.

Jose Gomez-Marquez at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was frustrated at the lack of money for expensive medical equipment in developing nations. People were dying because, for example, IV drip machinery could cost $5,000. For some hospitals that is the budget for the entire emergency room.

Our rising food costs

The County Account

In recent years the cost of food has been escalating. Supermarket prices spiked in 2008 by 8 percent, including a 69 cent rise in a 5-pound bag of flour and a 58 cent rise in a 32-ounce bottle of corn oil. In 2009 fresh vegetables increased by more than 4 percent, while beef went up 6 percent and pork increased 11 percent (meat prices are affected by rising grain feed costs).

How should we dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals?


Dear EarthTalk: Pharmaceuticals were in the news again recently, how they are polluting water and raising a host of health issues because we dispose of them both unused and used through body waste elimination. What can be done?

Lucy Abbot

Macon, Ga.

Remembering Sept. 11

The Millerton News Editorial

Sunday, Sept. 11, marks the 10th anniversary of one of the darkest and most tragic days in America’s 235-year-old history. Those who lived through 9/11 will never forget the shock and confusion felt while watching events unfold on TV, as typically nonthreatening planes were turned into deadly weapons. Nor could anyone forget the heartbreaking scenes of flames and smoke, broken buildings and shattered glass, people running away from and rescue workers dashing into iconic structures transformed into crumbling tombs of death and destruction.

September 11

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