Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 10-5-17

Bikers need to use caution

This is in answer to Diane Walters piece in your paper about the Harlem Valley Rail Ride. 

Last year in Amenia I was entering Sheffield Road and knew the Rail Trail crosses there. I know there are stop signs for the biker crossing the highway, but not trusting in signs, I was going very slowly. Sure enough, a woman on a bike never stopped at the sign. I think she had speakers in her ears and she was listening to music.

She never looked right or left, I don’t think she was aware that I was there. If I had been going as fast as one is allowed, I would have hit her right in the middle of the road. If I didn’t kill her, she would have been severely injured.

As there was no other person present, I probably would have been blamed for it.

What is it going to take for these bikers to stop where it says stop?

Ester G. Pollard

Sharon, Conn.


Baffled by news coverage

I have to say that I’m unable to understand the editorial philosophy of The Millerton News. For several years I thought of The News as uninterested in printing anything the least bit controversial. As far as I could tell, The News’ idea of hard-hitting journalism was listing the high school softball scores from one of our neighboring towns. 

However last week’s coverage of the Greenough/Steed extravaganza baffles me even more. The News devoted 1,963 words to this reporting (including Greenough’s apology letter), the most verbose coverage of any story I can recall reading in this paper. By focusing its journalistic spotlight (and editorial outrage) at this interpersonal nonsense, The News elevates its importance to a level it hardly deserves and moves this publication into a new category, titillation. 

This is doubly unfortunate as there’s real news to report in this community that doesn’t receive a single column-inch of precious ink. While I consider Greenough’s window dust graffiti to be childish and distasteful, there’s no way that it’s criminal, defamatory or worthy of the conclusions drawn in the editorial. 

I’m glad to see that Greenough has publicly apologized and I hope that Steed will accept and we can all move on. Prior to last week, I was aware of two types of journalism: news and fake news. Now there’s a third: not news.

Bill Kish



Crossing the news line

Since when does a personal spat involving two grownups and one benign, albeit juvenile, act become newsworthy? 

The Millerton News crossed the line into yellow journalism and character assassination in its article on the “profane message” and the accompanying editorial. 

I would hope editor Whitney Joseph and her crew could dredge up something more newsworthy than an F-bomb scrawled on a dirty window.

Mr. Greenough’s public apology should be more than adequate to put this phony controversy to rest.

Kristie Schmidt, MD

North East