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Four minutes for tears, joy and shared humanity at Mexican border

In 2015, the two Koreas agreed to allow families split by the demilitarized zone to cross the border to visit, albeit briefly, with family members whom they had not touched in as much as 60 years. This month, the USA and Mexico allowed a similar family moment in a time of scarce altruism.

Wedding Cake

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 6-7-18

There are many ways to use a library

A library too often is thought to be a place where adults and children come to check out books to read at home. But in today’s busy world, just as we can’t judge a book by its cover, we can’t judge a library’s value to its community simply by the books they offer to its community.

Are there green options in mattresses?

Dear EarthTalk: I’m in the market for a new mattress after two decades on “old faithful” and I figure it’s a good time to go green. What are the options out there these days for eco-friendly mattresses?

Betsey Langdon

Chicago

 

What’s a lump of rock worth?

In a previous article, I explained that the commercialization of space is underway — whole new futures are available. Many readers contacted me to say they cannot see the economics of space travel — yet. Rockets and technology development are expensive. What the heck are investors thinking? Big risk, little apparent gains to make.

Making literacy a family affair

Reading. It’s the key to so much success in life. Education and careers are founded on having a strong command of the English language, which is why it’s so critical our young students hone their literacy skills during their journey into adulthood. Whether in school or at home, reading needs to be inspired and supported in order to make children successful. 

Salad Bar

Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 5-31-18

Honor veterans every day

With Memorial Day being this week, I would like to say thank you to all vets and active and reserve duty service men and woman. My dad served in World War II. My brothers seerved during Vietnam and my brother-in-law and boyfriend are also Vietnam vets. My brother Richard grew up in the Northwest Corner and enlisted 50 years ago as of May 14. 

The Russian connection and U.S. law

There is much confusion in the mainstream media and on talk shows between the political concept of “impeachable offense” and the legal definition of “criminal offense” in U.S. jurisprudence. How do these two terms apply to the “Russia connection,” if at all? Also, to add to the confusion, a sitting president can be turned out of active office for “inability” to carry out the duties of the office, although technically that “inability” is not impeachable and is not itself a crime.

Making Memorial Day ceremonies count

Every year, Americans look forward to the start of the summertime season. When they do so, we hope, they also have their sights set on commemorating Memorial Day. Often overshadowed by the promise of sunny days at the beach and barbecues in the back yard, Memorial Day is an important holiday.