The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Good news in innovation

A View From the Edge

Sometimes, good inventions come in simple packages. And sometimes good people redefine their life’s goals to change the lives of many.

Jose Gomez-Marquez at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was frustrated at the lack of money for expensive medical equipment in developing nations. People were dying because, for example, IV drip machinery could cost $5,000. For some hospitals that is the budget for the entire emergency room.

Our rising food costs

The County Account

In recent years the cost of food has been escalating. Supermarket prices spiked in 2008 by 8 percent, including a 69 cent rise in a 5-pound bag of flour and a 58 cent rise in a 32-ounce bottle of corn oil. In 2009 fresh vegetables increased by more than 4 percent, while beef went up 6 percent and pork increased 11 percent (meat prices are affected by rising grain feed costs).

How should we dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals?


Dear EarthTalk: Pharmaceuticals were in the news again recently, how they are polluting water and raising a host of health issues because we dispose of them both unused and used through body waste elimination. What can be done?

Lucy Abbot

Macon, Ga.

Remembering Sept. 11

The Millerton News Editorial

Sunday, Sept. 11, marks the 10th anniversary of one of the darkest and most tragic days in America’s 235-year-old history. Those who lived through 9/11 will never forget the shock and confusion felt while watching events unfold on TV, as typically nonthreatening planes were turned into deadly weapons. Nor could anyone forget the heartbreaking scenes of flames and smoke, broken buildings and shattered glass, people running away from and rescue workers dashing into iconic structures transformed into crumbling tombs of death and destruction.

September 11

Editorial Cartoon

Examining some of those ‘useful’ phrases

The Country Curmudgeon

Every era has its ubiquitous phrases, often used without knowing their origin or true meaning. As long as the phrase or word is used in the correct application the point is moot — sometimes mute, either version works — but I digress, or is it dye grass? Confusion reigns, or rains.

Let’s step back in time to the 18th century. Assuming “The  Scarlet Pimpernel” movie is a reliable source — and why would it not be? The movie is really old, as evidenced by the black-and-white format.  

Letters to the Editor September 8

Letters To The Editor - Millerton News

Go-carts should be a no go
The terrible idea of having go-carts on Route 44 in Millerton is like a cat with nine lives — it keeps coming back, despite having been rejected by all of the various town bodies time and time and time again, ever since it was first proposed in 1999.

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Does medical waste still wash up on our seashores?


Dear EarthTalk: I remember that medical waste, washing up in New Jersey, I believe, was a big issue in the late 1980s. Is it still today?

Walter Maliszewski

Camden, N.J.

Fed passes the ball to Congress

@The Market

By now everyone knows the outcome of Ben Bernanke’s speech at Jackson Hole Friday, Aug. 26. For those looking for a cure-all from the chairman of the Federal Reserve, his speech was a disappointment.

Overall, the markets were not nearly as disappointed as one might imagine. I suspect the smart money was not expecting much in the way of new programs. Of course, Chairman Bernanke promised to take another look at the economy on Sept. 20, when next the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meets, but don’t hold your breath.

Giants control Congress

A View From the Edge

Over the last year, AT&T (amongst others) spent a small fortune lobbying congressional members (and that includes their underpaid staff, who are easy pickings) to ensure that the FCC does not force cell phone (3G and 4G) Internet access to be free nor even regulate it.