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

Rising world tensions; relief is needed

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, is hardly ever heard from. He’s a bureaucrat and quite a calm individual. That’s why it was somewhat of a surprise, mid-summer, to have him issue a global threat warning. For months he has been gathering data and input from offices of the U.N. in almost every country. 

Survey says…

Ask a question, get an answer. Sounds simple enough, but sometimes drawing much-wanted information from people both familiar and strange can be harder than it would seem.

Case in point, the recent 2019 Pine Plains Comprehensive Plan Survey. Out of the roughly 2,500 people living in Pine Plains (according to the 2017 U.S. census), 229 responded — that’s about 9.15%. That tiny fraction reflects only a small pool of people willing to share their thoughts and feelings about what makes Pine Plains great, and what could make it better.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-1-19

Changes in place for voting

This year the New York Legislature made a series of changes to the state’s antiquated voting system. Consistently low voter turnout in the state, as well as dramatic failures at New York City polling places in 2018, prompted Albany to make registering and voting easier for New Yorkers.

Lockheed’s Skunk Works at it again

Most Americans may not know what the Skunk Works are. A division of Lockheed set up after World War II, headed by the genius Kelly Johnson, the Skunk Works was named after the comic strip, “Li’l Abner,” in which there was a running joke about a mysterious and malodorous place deep in the forest called the “Skonk Works.”

‘Go back’ to your country

Although I’ve lived in this great country of the United States of America for 40 years as a legal and law-abiding citizen and have no fear of being deported, the latest tweet by President Donald Trump, “Go back” to your country, brought chills down my spine.

Send her back

Old men

NECC bus offers lifeline

NECC to the rescue! Once again, the North East Community Center has stepped up to the plate in the name of Millerton and its residents. This time, it’s to help fill the void left in the wake of Millerton Fresh Market’s hasty departure.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-25-19

A kinder, gentler yet entirely truthful ‘Mueller Report’

I believe that the highly damning “Mueller Report” is the most important document of our generation. It comes, however, with a problem. At 448 pages of dense, heavily footnoted, and sometimes redacted prose laced with legal analysis that most of us are not trained to understand, the report presents a heavyweight challenge to those who wish to read it. Hence, I would wager that many in Congress have not made their way through it, despite their sworn duty to do so.

Our American flag, presented to patriots and those who have fallen

It’s a late winter burial of iconic Naval Chief Bill Morrison, being buried beside his predeceased wife at Irondale Cemetery. He is to be accorded full military honors. The chief served his country for 20 years — much of it involving intense combat in South East Asia seas during WWII.