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

I remember when I met the president …

On July 18, 1994, I attended a baseball game at then Jacobs Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. Considered one of the most handicapped accessible at the time, the newly constructed stadium had opened three months earlier and just shy of four years after the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. I had traveled to Ohio with my stepfather and was eager to experience the wheelchair friendly ballpark.

A trillion dollars+ per year

Putting aside the sleight-of-hand accounting that results in defense programs actually costing many hundreds of billions of dollars each year more than the budget calls for, the fact is that the United States spends more on defense and armaments than the next six big spenders combined. 

Why do we do this? Is it to promote democracy? Is it to protect the American Way against all comers? Is it to enforce our political and diplomatic will on others?

Connect the dots

Mississippi’s election results are troubling

If the recent runoff for a seat in the U.S. Senate in the state of Mississippi is any indication, race continues to be a volatile issue in this country. The fact that Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith won the campaign, after making racially charged statements that should have sent black voters running to the polls, also speaks of how difficult it is to get people to vote. These are two separate issues, each troubling.

Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 12-6-18

Good crowd for breakfast

On Sunday, Nov. 18, the Amenia Fire Company held their monthly pancake breakfast. 

We were pleased to have a nice crowd of 182 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 Dec. 16.

Andy Murphy

The apple of our eyes

Go into just about any supermarket right now and what do you see? Bins and bins of gorgeous red, green and golden apples. The harvest is overwhelming, but some apples are worth more than others.

If you are like me, an average consumer, it takes about 23 minutes to do your grocery shopping, according to Proctor and Gamble. During that space of time, I buy an average of 18 items out of maybe 40,000 choices.  I have little time to browse and, most of the time, I don’t even check the prices, which brings me back to the apple cart.

Countdown to Tomorrowland

If you could turn back the clock to, say, 1990, if you knew then that the world wide web would allow you to become a global merchandiser, would allow you to wipe out Sears and others with your powerful “digital shop” and that manufacturers would be lining up to place their product on your “platform” what would you do? Answer? Become a multi-billionaire.


First daughter faux pas

Hypocrisy. There is no other word to describe reports that presidential daughter and Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump used her private email hundreds of times to deal with government business. The irony? That’s exactly what her father used as ammunition against 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the elections, after she had been discovered to have done the same.

Humans bring greatest change to Earth

This era on our planet is called the Anthropocene – meaning the time of man (yes, and woman). And here’s the truly incredible news: humans have—and have had—more effect on the changes of the planet than earthquakes, glaciation, tides and all the rivers in the world. Yes, you read that right. We’ve collectively changed the planet more than anything nature previously provided.