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Letters to the Editor - The Millerton News - 1-31-19

Delgado a breath of fresh air

I write to express my appreciation for U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado’s (D-NY 19) appearance Friday night at Stissing Mountain Junior/Senior High School in Pine Plains for an excellent Town Hall discussion. Only a few weeks into his freshman term, Delgado has now held two Town Halls and has committed to conduct nine more, for a total of one in each county in DC19.

What biology tells us about our bodies and addiction

Second of a series on opioids

 

Sustainable development vs. digital onslaught vs. work

People with serious money and past success often feel compelled to set aside time and brainpower to help solve critical issues around the world. High tech people, especially, feel this sudden urge to make things right or better. It is almost as if they suddenly realize that their many billions of dollars are worth nothing when compared with the world they fashioned — a world stripping away the ethic of work, with an enforced digital schedule set by machines, and, never least, the energy consumptive industries they have built.

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Remembering MLK and the fight for equality

On Monday, Jan. 21, this nation recognized civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) with a federal holiday celebrating his birthday (Jan. 15, 1929). It’s a day that Americans honor each year — we hope — in memory of the civil rights leader and his quest to create equality among all races. 

We are all descended from someone, of course

As Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) launches her presidential bid, she’s scrambling to repair the damage caused by her decades-long claim of native ancestry. Liberal media is helping her by putting favorable spin on the story or ignoring it altogether.

Good fences? Good neighbors?

There is an old saying that good fences make for good neighbors. Such sentiment is borne of the belief that what is mine is mine and what is yours is not mine. A fence is a demarcation, a boundary marker. If your neighbor put up a tall wall or high fence, you would not get the impression your neighbor wants to be friendly or, for t≠hat matter, ever wants anything to do with you.

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The real tragedy of the border wall fight

The hope is that by the time this editorial is read, it will be outdated. That might sound odd, but considering it has to do with the 25-day partial government shutdown (as of press time on Tuesday, Jan. 15), we’re sure readers will understand. That the president has the country in this state of suspension is a disgrace. He’s let services lapse and workers go unpaid. All for a border wall no one is even sure is necessary.

It isn’t a wall. It’s a great, big boondoggle

Question: When is a wall not a wall?

Answer:  When it’s a boondoggle.

And what, exactly, is a boondoggle?  My dictionary defines a boondoggle as “a work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value.”

Then, there’s this definition, even more applicable to the boondoggle at hand: