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

Stupid is as stupid does

The Country Curmudgeon

I was watching this show on Animal Planet. These guys were in a multiple-day sailboat race in the Gulf of Mexico and their boat overturned during the night. The boat sank and they had to float around in their life jackets for a couple of days in shark-infested waters.

The debate over free speech vs. peaceful burials

The County Account

It’s not every day that local government considers legislation of current national import. Yet, that’s what the Dutchess County Legislature did this month is in debating a draft of a local law prohibiting demonstrations at funeral services.

The bill was rooted in the March 2 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Snyder vs. Phelps et al., which the court in an 8-1 decision sided with the Westboro Baptist Church’s First Amendment right to demonstrate at a military funeral.

Cyberbullies young and old

A View From the Edge

We have all been to PTA groups and school board meetings (and some sports days) when parents shout out their worries and become belligerent. And we’ve all read news reports of parents sometimes becoming violent, fueled by the passion they have for their kids or against those looking after their kids.

And, to be honest, I have passionately bearded a principal or two in my time; a local mom and I once went ballistic over an inappropriate sex education book given to my 12-year-old.… But that is another story.

Fitness Center

Editorial Cartoon

What types of containers are safe for storing leftovers?

EarthTalk - Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I love to cook and when I have the time I make soups, stews and pasta meals in large batches and freeze them.  I use leftover plastic containers, but I know this is not good. What kinds of containers are safe for freezer food storage?    

— Kathy Roberto, via e-mail

Letters to the Editor August 25

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Two great Amenia opportunities
I am writing to tell people living in Amenia/Wassaic and the surrounding area of two under-utilized opportunities for activity.
One is the Amenia Free Library’s Book Shed, which offers discarded and donated books for sale (some are free) on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon during May to October.

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Life is sweet in Wassaic

The Millerton News Editorial

Who could have imagined that the small, rural hamlet of Wassaic, just an infinitesimal pinpoint on the U.S. map, would have become a Mecca for artists from around the Northeast? Certainly none could have predicted it just a few years ago when Bowie Zunino, Eve Biddle and Elan Bogarin put their heads together and created The Wassaic Project — a yearly arts festival that has attracted the attention of creative minds from Manhattan and beyond, reviewers from The New York Times and thousands of attendees. And last week’s event was as successful as those in years past.

County Fair

Editorial Cartoon

More pets you can abide

The Country Curmudgeon

All children love pets. What they don’t love is taking care of them. I have identified some more things to go along with tame house flies, things that do not need any, or very little, attention.

A lot of children love aquariums, but not the maintenance. The answer is a mosquito farm. Mosquitoes don’t care how brackish the water is: The slimier the happier they seem to be. You don’t have to change the water. In fact, you shouldn’t change the water or you will lose your current crop of young ’uns.

The American war debt

A View From the Edge

Income tax in America was first tried during the Revolutionary period and then again after the Civil War broke out — well, they had to pay the troops somehow. That taxation did not last long and was quickly repealed.

Congress was mostly an exclusive club for wealthy landowners, and you don’t have to wonder why Congress gentlemen of the time repealed income tax so quickly.