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

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.

Sin tax revenues

A View From the Edge

Avoiding abuse of addictive liquids and other such things has always been the reasoning behind licensing for taxation. The argument goes like this: “If we tax the product to the hilt, it’ll wean the people off.”

OK, that is partly true. I know many smokers who have cut down because, as they put it, “these darned things are just too darned expensive.” (I edited the expletives they really used).

Double, no triple, dare

The Country Curmudgeon

All hail the daredevil! All except me. I am on to their game. They are the laziest people on the face of this earth. They would rather die, literally, than actually go to work every day.

The Evel Knievels of this world are willing to take a really big risk in order to collect a big paycheck. The plan is that they don’t have to go to work all that often. If they are only horribly injured, they still collect because the mob loves a spectacle. If they just plain don’t make it, they still get paid. Well, their estate gets paid, actually.

How can farmers do more to help the environment?

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve been hearing more and more references to the need to clean up our agricultural practices for reasons pertaining to health, food quality, even global warming. What are the major environmental issues associated with agriculture today?

Tony Grayson

Newark, N.J.