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

Judicial Temperament

Cooperation is the key

Cooperation is the key

Since we were young, we’ve been taught the importance of cooperation. Play nicely. Work together. Share.

These bits of advice work just as well now as they did all those years ago. Better yet, it’s not just individuals who are practicing the art of sharing — local municipalities are getting in on the act as well.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 9-27-18

Smythe best choice for state senator

We need Karen Smythe as the next New York state senator for the 41st District. Ms. Smythe’s campaign demonstrates that she will stand up and vote for the interests of her constituents. That cannot be said of our current state senator, Sue Serino (R-41).

Are there reasons not to use antibacterial wipes?

Dear EarthTalk: A friend recently told me that when her family stopped using hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes all the time, they stopped getting sick so much. Is there any research backing up this theory, or is it just a “new” wives tale?

Betsey Edger

via e-mail


Notice Venezuela


A change in our region’s political landscape

The political season is in full swing. The last primary election in New York state was held on Thursday, Sept. 13, and the November general elections are just around the corner.

While New York Gov.  Andrew Cuomo’s Democratic primary win comes as no surprise — putting him that much closer to a third term in office — it does encourage us to take a closer look at how things are slowly shifting in Albany, and in Washington.

Cricket Valley Energy begs a deeper Connecticut dive

Think globally, act locally.

Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 9-20-18

Next pancake breakfast is Oct. 21

On Sunday, Sept. 16, the Amenia Fire Company held its monthly pancake breakfast. We were pleased to have a nice crowd of 132 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 Sunday, Oct. 21.

Andy Murphy, on behalf of the Breakfast Committee

Why we need to explore outer space

Elon Musk of SpaceX talks about space travel as a “duty to maintain the light of consciousness.” Frank Drake, the astronomer, says we must search for extraterrestrial intelligence to validate the probability — note, he says not possibility, but says probability — of other observable civilizations in our galaxy. Were Nikola Tesla and quantum physicist David Bohm right in affirming that space is not empty but filled with a kind of force field, something they referred to as “cosmic plenum?”