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

Do they use cyanide fishing to capture the fish we eat?


Cyanide fishing began in the 1960s in the Philippines as a way to capture live reef fish for sale primarily to aquarium owners, but is today also done to supply specialty restaurants in Hong Kong and other large Asian cities. Pictured: The ocellaris clownfish, a popular aquarium fish often captured after first being stunned by bursts of cyanide-laced seawater squirted from a plastic bottle.


Solid information is important for towns

The Millerton News Editorial

The town of Pine Plains is planning ahead as it undertakes an important project ­— property data collection — under the leadership of the Board of Assessors. Though the process usually leads straight into a property reassessment, Board of Assessors Chairman Jim Mara is careful to stress that is not necessarily the case here and the data collection is strictly that — a chance to collect updated information on all town properties so property record card data can be reconciled with what actually exists.


Editorial Cartoon

As Dad said, ‘They getcha!’

The Country Curmudgeon

“That’s how they getcha.” That was one of my father’s favorite sayings, and with good reason.

I agonize over the French and Russian dressing that clings to the inside of the bottle. You just can’t get that last bit.

I’ve got ketchup’s number, though. I learned that the key ingredient that makes it flow is vinegar. When the bottle gets near the end I just add a little vinegar and I am back in business. I like vinegar and don’t mind. Use my ketchup, take your chances.

Avoid silly baby names

A View From the Edge

OK, I guess I am officially what a friend calls a “wrinkly.” But I am always finding mental cracks in people’s thinking — especially when it comes to their children.

I do not know what is wrong with some parents, but they seem determined to punish their kids ahead of time, all the while they think they are doing good. So, here is a list of my least favorite baby names currently in the news.

Homelessness response remains constant

The County Account

In July the county Legislature passed a resolution to allocate $989,000 in federal funding to further rent assistance to low-income people and affordable housing opportunities in the county.

Noteworthy is that July 22 marked the 24th anniversary of the historic federal McKinny Ventro Act. Therein Congress found that the nation faced “an immediate and unprecedented crisis due to lack of shelter.”

Letters to the Editor August 4

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Facts should come first

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Good news on Whiting Street

The Winsted Journal Editorial

Many good things have been happening on Whiting Street in Winsted for the past decade, including the success of Whiting Mills artists’ studios at 100 Whiting St., the continued evolution of the American Mural Project right next door and now the rebirth of Hitchcock furniture in this heavily arts-infused zone.

The Beach

Editorial Cartoon

Dutchess County has an artistic side

The Millerton News Editorial

What kind of world would there be without art?

That, thankfully, is a question we don’t have to ponder. All the more so thanks to the efforts of artists and innovators like Carole Wolf, founder and executive director of Mill Street Loft and its Dutchess Arts Camp, which reaches from Millbrook to Poughkeepsie, Beacon to Red Hook.