The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Greener light bulbs

Dear EarthTalk: What’s new in eco-friendly light bulbs? Is it true that incandescent bulbs are back in a much more efficient form?

Barbara Birke

via email


The consumer landscape for light bulbs in the U.S. changed drastically in 2007, when Congress passed the Energy Independence & Security Act mandating, among other things, that household light bulbs in the 40–100 watt range needed to up their energy efficiency standards by at least 25 percent. 

New inventions?

People have this idea that nature has nothing more to teach us. We’ll circle around to the nay-sayers on the subjects of the environment and depletion of habitat later on, but for a moment, let’s make an assumption: we know all about nature. And, of course, anyone reading this paper will know that is nonsense. 

What may surprise some of you is that the most technologically advanced in America happen to agree — nature still holds more secrets than we have so far uncovered.

Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 2-23-17

Breakfast was served ... and served

On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Amenia Fire Company held its monthly pancake breakfast. We were pleased to have a crowd of 175 people in attendance to enjoy a hearty meal. 

We rely on the breakfast 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 at our next one on Sunday, March 19.

Andy Murphy

Community effort nourishes the soul

This Saturday, Feb. 25, will mark the end of an era. The Grand Union supermarket, technically a GU Market, will shut its doors for the last time.

There have been plenty of critics of the Grand Union during its time. The store was at times called shabby, but it nonetheless served a very important purpose — feeding village residents — many of whom couldn’t drive elsewhere for their groceries.

Bourbon Latte

What’s to be proud of at the White House?

Visualize a roulette wheel. It has 36 numbers, alternating odd and even, black and red. 

Spin the wheel. Now introduce a marble propelled along the edge of the bowl that houses the wheel, but in the opposite direction of the spin. 

Slowly, the ball will lose momentum and drift downward in its orbit until it collides with the wheel spinning contrarily. The marble jumps and wanders randomly until it finally settles on one number as the wheel drags to a halt. That then becomes the issue of the day, or hour.

Defense without America as a reliable partner

The policy and tweet statements from the new administration are causing allies around the world to begin to prepare for defense without the U.S. support, coordination and technology sharing afforded by at least the last 13 administrations going all the way back to FDR. 

On the face of it, this seems to be in the U.S. taxpayers’ interest because, no doubt, it could reduce our investment in foreign countries’ defense preparation. 

Letter to the Editor - Millerton News - 2-16-17

Anti-Semitic messages are troubling

As the rabbi of Congregation Beth David of Amenia, I am deeply troubled, as is the entire Jewish community, by the swastikas and anti-Semitic messages that have been found in our communities in recent weeks and months.

A good place to start …

It doesn’t take much to make someone feel included: a simple hello, a friendly wave, an inquiry about one’s well being. That’s the premise behind Start with Hello Week, which ran from Feb. 6 through 10 this year.

Start with Hello is the brainchild of the Sandy Hook community, made up of parents and loved ones who lost children in the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012. 

Drawing and lettering