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Letters to the Editor - The Millerton News - 8-30-18

Protests warranted

I felt compelled to respond to John Waters’ letter “Stress in our Lives” (Aug 26, 2018). He is bothered by the amount of protest observed, and the lack of respect accorded the president. I wanted to offer another view:

Why not tell us their names?

In elementary school, they taught us the names of inventors. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, Robert Fulton the steamboat, Alexander Graham Bell the telephone and Thomas Alva Edison the electric light bulb. Nowadays, we rarely know the names of the inventors of modern technology—think biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, safety technology. Not every breakthrough is invented by a single person, but there are still clusters of people inventing new things each year.


Food security, hard to come by

We all know what it’s like to be hungry. We eat, we work, we play, we sleep, and then we want to eat again.

But not everyone understands what it’s like to go hungry. To be without. For that, one would have to know from deep within what it’s like to need nourishment for survival but not have any food within reach: to truly be without.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 8-23-18

Reclaim New York’s goal

Reclaim New York is an organization founded by the fervently conservative Rebekah Mercer, daughter of hedge-fund billionaire and arch-conservative Robert Mercer. She funds Reclaim through the Mercer Family Foundation and is its chairman, treasurer and director. 

Reclaim New York has  been working in New York state since 2013. According to the latest tax filings, by 2015, the organization had received $1.25 million from the Mercer Family Foundation. 

Enemy of the People

The scandal of land grant colleges

Most Americans and almost all non-Americans have no idea what the Land Grant Colleges are or how they were formed. It became clear to Lincoln (yes, honest Abe) that the rich were going to be educated and the poor would receive no further education because college or university was just too expensive. 

Meeting hate head-on

Charlottesville. It’s been one year. What have we learned? How far have we come? 

Nudity vs. content

A world famous photographer said, when answering an anti-nudity critic at a museum opening of his nude photography, “Dirty is when seen through dirty eyes.” In a way, what’s on the Internet these days fits that model. You can replace “dirty” with “violent” or “biased” or even “fake” when it comes to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and others.

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 9-16-18

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