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Your help is truly needed

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To The Editor:
Each year, our Community Christmas Project reaches out to brighten Christmas for many area residents. Last year, food baskets were delivered to 143 families, affecting 423 of your friends, relatives, and neighbors. Homemade breads were delivered to people who were recently bereaved. Margaretville Central School elementary children made cards that were mailed with gift certificates to area residents who live alone. Toys, mittens, and other gifts were wrapped and given to 247 children.

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The Roxbury elves are preparing

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To The Editor:
The holiday season is fast approaching and the elves are preparing for our holiday deliveries. The generosity of our community allowed us to provide food boxes with turkeys and all the trimmings to 53 families and 36 senior citizens last year. We expect to have about the same numbers this year. Once again we appreciate your donations.
Contributions should be made payable to the Community Aid Fund and be mailed to: Bonnie Walker, 489 Al Pekrul Road, Roxbury, NY 12474.

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What's wrong at Belleayre?

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To The Editor:
Belleayre is off to a slow start in its third season under the ORDA administration. 
We’re three weeks into the season with a pretty fair start weather wise.  How is it that Belleayre Run is still not open?  Only three expert trails are open, excluding Cathedral Brook, which is open but probably shouldn’t be.  Skiing on Thursday and Friday, I had an inescapable feeling that there’s something wrong at our ski area. 

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Selfish folks fighting the resort

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To The Editor:
I live directly across the valley from the proposed Belleayre Resort, with a panoramic view of the ski area’s existing slopes. There are very few homes that share this view, or would see the proposed golf course upon completion. That’s a fact. From a distance, without binoculars, the ski slopes are just white strips in the winter, green in the summer. You can’t see the chairs on the lifts, or the skiers, with the naked eye. A golf course, from the same view plane, would look like any pastureland in the area.

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I'd prefer not to pay more taxes, but I will

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To the Editor:
I am writing in response to Kathryn and Geoffrey Pierini’s letter in the Catskill Mountain News the week of December 3rd, in which they expressed their concern about the proposed capital project for the Roxbury Central School District.
While there are arguments to be made in favor of this project and in opposition to the tax increase that could accompany it, I was saddened by the Pierini’s argument that “Second homeowners pay full taxes for property and school, yet do not generally enroll kids in the school system....”  I, too, am a second homeowner who hopes to one day live fulltime in this community. My husband and I have no children but strongly believe that a community cannot thrive unless we all care deeply about the well being of its children.

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Environmental education paramount

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To The Editor:
Please allow me to clarify information that was put forward by Thomas Clark in his letter last week.
In the past 35 years, the sun and climate have been going in opposite directions; therefore increased sunshine cannot be blamed for climate change. Plants require carbon dioxide for growth, however agriculture depends on constant water supplies and global warming is the cause of both floods and droughts. Ninety seven percent of climate experts agree that humans are causing global warming; this is an established scientific fact and denial is ludicrous.

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Don't pass a stopped school bus!

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To The Editor:
Just in the past month, Margaretville Central School (MCS) bus drivers have had eight vehicles pass their busses while they were stopped with their flashing red lights on.
When a stopped school bus flashes its red lights, traffic that approaches from either direction, even in front of the school and in school parking lots, must stop before it reaches the bus. Before a school bus stops to load or discharge passengers, the driver will flash yellow warning lights. When you see them, slow down and be prepared to stop. Look for children.

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Kirkside support appreciated

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To The Editor:
On behalf of the Kirkside Board of Directors and the Kirkside community, I want to express our appreciation to those who responded so generously supporting Kirkside in our recent fundraising campaign.
Your gifts supporting Kirkside renews our commitment to provide quality care to those who call Kirkside home.
To those who have yet to respond, please do so knowing that your support is important to us.
Thank you.
Rev. Richard Dykstra, Secretary, Kirkside Board of Directors

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Climate change is not going away

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To The Editor:
Global climate change has not been a big issue recently. I thought it would be constructive to present some facts about this issue now that things have calmed down a bit.
Climate change is occurring all over the world. It is caused by rising concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere. This CO2 is a direct result of human activities that involve burning fossil fuels (coal and oil) for the energy they contain. There is plenty of room for debate as to what, if anything, should be done about it. But there is no debate about what is happening and why.

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