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Offer Pat a pat on the back

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To The Editor:
A pat on the back and public thank-you to local Code Enforcement Officer Patrick Davis for his tireless three-year effort to improve our community flood-mitigation rating, lowering the local cost of flood insurance.
We got the rating! Due to Patrick’s single-minded dogged­ness, residents and business-people will gain significant sav­ings on insurance premiums for properties in the Town of Middletown, and in the villages of Fleischmanns and Margaret­ville.


Volunteers and donors needed for Thanksgiving Day meal

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To the Editor:
The fifth annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is being organized and we are looking for people who are willing to help make it happen. We need people who are willing to bake desserts, serve, clean up or help in whatever capacity they can to offer a free Thanksgiving meal to people of the greater Margaretville area.


Remember our veterans

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To The Editor:
As we awake each day and give thanks, as we remember those that have gone before us, that they are not forgotten, what we look for in our daily lives is not a given.
We all come from different places and backgrounds, the symbols we look up to and the freedoms of many generations. The respect so received over the years before many of us were born. They made it through dirt, cold, hardships that so many will never know that stayed behind.


Essay subject of 1979 — a swimming pool — has finally come to pass

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To The Editor:
Since July 8, 2014 at 6 a.m. on most weekday mornings, my husband and I take a swim at the Catskill Recreation Center in Arkville.
The other day, I came across the following essay, written by our daughter in 1979 as the winning entry to a community essay contest sponsored by Dalrymple’s Store and printed in the News, and can attest to everything positive it says.
The goals, stated in the essay, have been accomplished. Our community is now blessed with a fabulous facility. It needs more participation. Come on down!

June Meinstein, Margaretville


Who is speaking for us?

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To the Editor:
Who is speaking for Christians and other minorities being massacred in the Middle East and Africa?


Schools need to consolidate

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To The Editor:
In a recent letter to Roxbury School District voters published in the Catskill Mountain News, Tom O’Brien laid out the proposed “much-needed five-million dollar building project” for the Roxbury School. No doubt, Tom, a very capable superintendent, has identified deferred maintenance and improvements needed to sustain the physical well being of the Roxbury School facility.


Be an informed voter

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To The Editor:
In response to Janelle’s comments concerning Rob Astorino. Yes, we all need to be informed voters; however, getting your information from “Cuomo’s Attack Ads” is not an informed voter.  Get the true facts.
Are you better off today than you were four years ago? Unfortunately, New York State is the highest taxed, most regulated, least business friendly state in America - thanks to Governor Cuomo. It is time for a change.


Think before voting for Rob Astorino

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To the Editor:
   Think before voting for Rob Astorino. If he becomes governor, Mr. Astorino will, “reduce spending on unemployment.” Why would I vote for someone who would reduce spending on unemployment insurance and punish me, my family or my friend for losing a job? Don’t we pay into unemployment insurance when we work?  Why should I vote for someone who would take my own money away from me in my time of need? Suppose his new limited unemployment benefit runs out before I finish my retraining classes at SUNY?  No money - no more classes. And then what do I do to get a decent job?


Ballot questions for voters on Nov. 4

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To The Editor:
On Election Day (November 4th) this year, voters will have 3 ballot questions: 1. amending the New York constitution to create an independent redistricting commission to at least partially remove the process from the legislature, 2. allowing for electronic transmission of bills to legislators and 3. issuing new school bonds.
 I hope that the Catskill Mountain News can elaborate more on these questions as it is often the case that voters arrive at the polls totally unaware of the what’s on the ballot, other than certain candidates.  


RCS Superintendent offers facts

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The following letter was sent to residents of the Roxbury Central School District. The superintendent asked the it be reprinted here.

Dear Resident:
Last March at the regular monthly Board of Education meeting, I formally recommended the initiation of a separate referendum for your consideration at the May 20, 2014 annual budget vote. With the Board of Education’s approval, this proposed referendum requested that we initiate a much-needed five-million dollar building project, bonding four-million dollars and utilizing one-million dollars in reserves. The source of the reserve funding included $125,000 from the Unemployment Insurance Reserve and $875,000 from the Retirement Reserve, per a recommendation for such release of these reserves from a recent audit conducted by the New York State Comptroller’s office. In May, the qualified voters of the district approved the proposed building project.


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