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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

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 11-8-18

Thanks for the warm clothing

On behalf of the parishioners of All Saints of America Orthodox Church in Salisbury, I would like to thank all the people of the Tri-state area who helped us with our winter clothing giveaway. The donations of warm clothing from the community were overwhelming. 

Taming of the wild leaf blower: consider using an old-fashioned rake

Dear EarthTalk: When will those gasoline driven leaf blowers that gardeners use be outlawed? The noise and toxic fumes they emit can’t be good for us. 

— Judy, via email

 

Manned space, Mascot and Hayabusa2

While NASA waits for the Russians to test and reprove their launch vehicle for putting astronauts/cosmonauts on the International Space Station (the last flight was aborted and the two crew safely returned to Earth) ... the crew of three in orbit will have to extend their stay for at least four months. Why? Because the ISS cannot be left unattended, it would fall or destabilize in orbit. 

Asylum Seekers

The deplorable history of blackface in America

There are many ways to offend people today. Sometimes, the offense is timeless — in bad taste no matter when or where. Such is the case with the idea of a person dressing up in blackface. It’s demeaning, it’s nasty and it’s racist. Period.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 11-1-18

Republican values?

What would lead anyone in this district to vote for John Faso? The Senate and House have consistently enabled President Trump’s nastiness. Republicans have abandoned all their former values:

Lower Taxes: One issue Republicans have held fast to. But two deficit-busting tax cuts passed benefit corporations and the super wealthy. They do nothing to help working-class Americans.

Locking the door behind us

Soon after my husband and I bought our home in Sharon almost 20 years ago, I went to Town Hall to buy a transfer station permit. Enthusiastic about our little house in the woods, I told the selectmen’s secretary that I hoped the area would stay exactly as we’d found it. The woman gave me a hard look: “All you New Yorkers, as soon as you come up here, you want to lock the door behind you.”

Why and wherefore on voting

The vote across the United States in November will be a watershed moment beyond the normal. 

• It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is, if you have one.

• It doesn’t matter if you like or dislike incumbent candidates.

• It doesn’t matter if you are old or young.

• It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor.

Executive road service

Top candidate picks for 2018

It’s always tough to endorse candidates come Election Day. Most of those running for office have both positive and negative attributes. After all, no one is perfect. But some appear more prepared, more qualified, than others. Those are the candidates we’d like to present to you, in our candidate endorsements for 2018. Note that The Millerton News endorses only county, state and national candidates.