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The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Control of knowledge

No, we’re not going to discuss the control and dissemination of Internet stuff on Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo and others. Roughly 99% of that material is based on consumer demand, research on something you forgot or wanted to know about — just a little, just enough. And, yes, Google and others are controlling those precis of information and access to products and your needs. And, yes, we should be concerned.

Talk is good as Millbrook looks for EMS solutions

Ever an issue in the Hudson Valley, and really, in small communities around the country, providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is getting harder and harder.

The true collusion: Trump and Russian literature

It may seem like the billionaires in Russia — Aras Agalarov, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Viktor Vekselberg — and agents with like-sounding and Scrabble-winning names like Konstantin Kilimnik are the ones directing Trump like a marionette from points east. 

But I am more afraid that he has been getting his cues from Russian literature — and that is far more dangerous.

China has massive reforestation program

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that China and other nations have gone gangbusters with reforestation projects that are ambitious enough to have a significant impact of cutting carbon emissions. Why aren’t we also doing this here in the U.S.?

Mickie Infurcia

Hamden, Conn.

 

New Meters

Moore

The building blocks to better communities

All hail Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). They are a lifeline for local municipalities needing money to fund important projects ranging from infrastructure improvements to updating Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance to creating affordable housing. Throughout the state — and right here in the Harlem Valley — block grant dollars have helped improve living conditions for those who need it most.

In the most recent round of grant awards, sidewalk improvements and ADA improvements were the focus. 

My curated life, and yours, too

Louis Pasteur (yes, the milk guy) observed that “chance favors the prepared mind.” Americans prefer to focus on luck as in “you make your own luck.” Chance? Not so much. We fancy ourselves as a nation of entrepreneurs, but, when it comes down to it, we really don’t like taking chances ... on anything. 

From the folksy staff picks at a bookstore to the commercial surveillance of Amazon, increasingly, we want everything curated. The day is long gone when curators were confined to museums.