The Millerton News Opinion/Viewpoint

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-20-17

I appreciate the coverage

Dear Whitney Joseph and Kaitlin Lyle,

Once more you have hit the mark. The most enlightening and clarifying article, in The Millerton News issue of July 13 regarding  Days For Girls, Empowering Women on Global Level, and the editorial in the same issue, are necessary and brilliant pieces.

Volvo’s embrace of electric cars — the beginning of the end of the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine?

Dear EarthTalk: Does Volvo’s embrace of electric cars signal the beginning of the end of the gas-powered internal combustion engine?

Macy Vigneault

New Orleans, La.


Volvo has announced that it will only sell hybrid and electric cars beginning in 2019, signaling a shift in the auto industry as a whole toward more fuel-efficient cars that can help reduce drivers’ carbon footprints and fuel costs.

Has no one here read any John le Carré novels?

Russia has only 145 million people, less than half the number living in the U.S. Eighty million of them actually work (40 percent for the government). Their economy is less robust than that of California. 

Russia’s goal, accepted by the intelligence committees of the United States for more than 20 years, is to “seek to legitimize its rule through managed elections, populist appeals, a foreign policy focused on enhancing the country’s geopolitical influence …” (CIA official report).

The proof is in the emails

We’ve said it on this page before and we’ll likely say it again: intent counts.

Case in point? The scandal created by Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian attorney before the November elections, to learn information harmful to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Black Lung

Letters to the Editor - Millerton News - 7-13-17

Trump does America no favors

I appreciate your editorial “Was America’s birthday spoiled by its president?” (July 6, 2017), in which you called attention to President Trump’s emotional immaturity and unpresidential temperament. You also pointed out that he “is doing his best to shut down the press and free speech,” thereby threatening an important pillar of American democracy.  

Grizzly bears in Yellowstone

Dear EarthTalk: Is the federal government’s decision to take Yellowstone’s grizzlies off of the endangered species list good news or bad news for the iconic bear?

Jeffrey Elder

Los Angeles, Calif.


It depends on whom you ask. The majority of environmental and wildlife advocates would prefer to keep endangered species protections in place for Yellowstone’s grizzlies, which they consider to be still at risk. 

War games of the mind

In any war, there are those forces coming at you with hostile intent and, often with greater effect, those attacks coming at you that seem weak or that you have no idea are there. 

Hidden gossip attacks are, often, seemingly harmless propaganda. But a successful (evil) leader once said, “What good fortune … that people do not think.” Another, after seeing the effects of a successful propaganda campaign, said that it, “manipulates the people as an artist molds clay.”

Girls and women deserve more

There’s so much that we, as Westerners, take for granted. For most of us, to varying degrees, we have food and water, we have sanitation, we have medicine, we have transportation. Going without one of any of these basic essentials is beyond what most of us can probably even imagine.