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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

Crisis at the Mexican border

At last the situation at the Mexican border has become a crisis. But it’s in no way a security crisis, as falsely claimed by the president, but rather a humanitarian one. 
Immigration facilities along the U.S./Mexican border are now holding more than 80,000 migrants (and growing) with little or nothing being done to process them. In May, 144,000 refugees, the highest number since 2007 with nearly half from Guatemala, sought to enter the country, the vast majority through established legal points of entry. 

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World Cup

A word to graduates

Graduation. It’s a rite of passage for our children — cementing their entrance into the adult world after years of schooling. It may mean additional years at school, it may mean a new life in the military or it may mean a real-life education in the work force.

Whatever post-graduation plans students have made, one thing is certain — they’re going to be exposed to a brave new world — and hopefully they’ve prepared with lessons learned from those around them.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-4-19

A thank you — not

I’d like to take just a moment to say thank you to all who worked so diligently on keeping another grocery store from coming to Millerton. We now have to take the scenic rides to Amenia, Salisbury, Canaan, Hillsdale and surrounding areas to get meats, deli and fresh vegetables. Thank you for making the residents have to leave town for groceries. 

When dictators met: Hitler and Mussolini at the Brenner Pass

When dictators confer at an important juncture in history, the products are usually disinformation, bullying and dashed expectations.   

A classic example of such a meeting occurred during the “phony war,” that period between September of 1939 and May of 1940 characterized by a battlefield lull in the fighting between the Allies and the Third Reich. 

We’re being extorted by computer giants

Imagine if that car you bought was more than 3 years old and you went to the dealer and they told you, “We no longer will service that model, it is too old, you should upgrade to a newer model.” And what if they then frog-marched you over to the newer models and told you that unless you bought one of them, you’d have no car to drive any moment now? Where would your loyalty be to that car manufacturer? Out the window.

‘No’ to Kent Hollow Mine appeal is a good decision

It’s been a long time coming. Finally, after years of applications, appeals, research and reviews, the Amenia zoning board has made a final ruling in the Kent Hollow Mine appeal. 

Denied. So stated the Amenia Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), which voted unanimously to deny the appeal of a zoning violation for being a nonconforming use.

A correction about national politics, 18 years in the making

Members of four generations, ages 37 to 77, are currently seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. The list includes two from a generation whose political obituary I wrote in this newspaper 18 years ago.

Lesson from recent history

Gustave Gilbert, an intelligence officer at the end of World War II, interviewed on-trial (Nuremberg Trials) Hermann Goering. The Reichsmarschall and Gilbert had long, uninterrupted conversations, recorded in Gilbert’s journals, meticulously kept. 

The trial was not going in the Reichsmarschall’s favor. Here are Gilbert’s recorded observations. They warrant thinking about, deeply and clearly, especially with tensions rising around the world to which Congress seems no longer to have any oversight nor control of United States leaders’ response.