The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Why we need to explore outer space

Elon Musk of SpaceX talks about space travel as a “duty to maintain the light of consciousness.” Frank Drake, the astronomer, says we must search for extraterrestrial intelligence to validate the probability — note, he says not possibility, but says probability — of other observable civilizations in our galaxy. Were Nikola Tesla and quantum physicist David Bohm right in affirming that space is not empty but filled with a kind of force field, something they referred to as “cosmic plenum?”

Bad luck on Wall Street


Cricket Valley Energy begs a deeper Connecticut dive

Part 1 of 3


“Think globally, act locally.”

Judicial Restraint

Patriot Day, 2018

Every year around this time, we are reminded of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001. The deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in history, 9/11 saw 19 Islamic extremist militants linked to al-Qaeda hijack four planes. They used them as guided missiles. Loaded with thousands of gallons of jet fuel oil, the planes served as efficient killing weapons in the attacks. 

The images of those burned planes, broken buildings and scorched earth are seared into our collective memory — the horror, forever in place.

Monarch butterflies close to extinction

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that the Monarch Butterfly is on the brink of extinction? How did we let that happen?

Alex Degeneres

Cincinnati, Ohio


Environmentalists won a lawsuit forcing the federal government to decide by 2019 whether or not to list the once abundant Monarch butterfly as an endangered species. 

What is fair government oversight?

In talking to people across America, there seems to be a running theme, strong divisions in thinking, between portions of the population. The nation — so terribly divided — seems incapable of understanding an opposing side’s view. One issue that seems to divide the most is the question of whether the government should make your life better or whether the government should get out of your way to allow you to make your life better. Often, these are the arguments posed by extreme factions on both sides of the political divide.

Bat basketed

Case opened  21:01 hours, top of stairs in attic chamber outside master bedroom: Flickering shadows from energy-efficient lightbulb turned out to be caused by a circling bat. Backup called and assault team assembled.

First-to-show was Night Security Officer Winslow the Cat, who danced on the railing in frantic manner, pawing upward as if to nab invader in his paws.

Senior SWAT team member arrived and delegated Officer Cat (under protest) to downstairs traffic control. 

Letter to the Editor - The Millerton News - 9-13-18

Fresh paint restores signs

Only in a town like Pine Plains would a man who grew up here take it upon himself to do a public service with no fanfare. George McGhee has been painting over historical signs, which have not been painted for decades.

The one in front of our house, giving the origination of our town’s name, is of interest to all who pass by. Now it looks great. Look around town to see his fine work.

George McGhee is a hometown boy who is giving something back to his home town.

Thanks a lot, George.