Mailbag

Donkey Basketball is Cruel

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To The Editor:
Earlier this week we learned that the MCS Honor Society is planning to host a “donkey basketball” match this April as their big fundraiser.
It’s hard to believe that something as absurd and cruel as donkey basketball still exists in this day and age; but sadly, it’s true. During these abusive games, donkeys are dragged, kicked, smacked by participants who have no animal handling experience.  Human participants are also
subject to injury, but at least they have consented to partake and assume such risk.


No Place in Today's World

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To The Editor:
I felt I needed to write you about some disturbing news. It seems Margaretville Central School will be hosting a “Donkey Basketball” game sometime next month as a fundraiser for their honor society in the school’s gym.
Before hearing about this I had no idea something this lame even existed. I have been doing some research into this bizarre form of entertainment and have discovered that this used to be a somewhat popular school event, that over time, and for obvious reasons, has been on the decline.


Stop Animal Cruelty

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To The Editor:
I have just heard that the Margaretville School is going to have a Donkey Basketball fund-raiser. I find it incredible in this day and age that this type of “entertainment” is still acceptable.
This is a form of animal cruelty and a completely unnecessary way to raise money. Can they not come up with a better way? I wholeheartedly disagree with this out-of-date practice and hope they will decide to stop this crazy idea!

Donald McPherson, Halcottsville


Stop Donkey Basketball at MCS

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To The Editor:
This is a copy of the letter I wrote to John Riedl (MCS Interim Superintendent) at jriedl@margaretvillecs.org and Colin Clark (MCS Principal) at cclark@margaretvillecs.org. It is a demand that they stop donkey basketball at Margaretville to be played on April 9 by the MCS Honor Society.
Dear Sirs;
I learned that the MCS Honor Society has planned a donkey basketball fundraiser for April 9.  Because this activity is abusive to the animal participants as well as potentially dangerous for the human participants, schools across the country have already banned it.


A flawed project

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To The Editor:
The following is a quote from the application for the N.Y. Rising-Bull Run Project sent from the Margaretville village office to Albany. It is the section to justify the project.
“The project’s target area includes the entirety of the Village of Margaretville and will benefit all residents of the village through reduced risk of flooding.


"Peace in Our Time"

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To The Editor:
Is there a strange, frightening, and compelling analogy between Neville Chamberlain negotiating with Hitler in 1939 and the arguably failed presidency of Barack Obama (and Mr. Kerry) in dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat to the world? They both claimed that they have achieved “peace in our time.”


Water's running again — thank you!

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To The Editor:
My neighbor, Mary Ann Todd, and I both had the same experience recently, frozen water! I contacted Jerry Hamil, “The Water Guy”, and he and Ray Kohl came out about 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23. Using the hot water method, they had it running by 12:30 p.m.
Mary Ann asked me the following Wednesday who I had that thawed my water out and the next day I saw Jerry Hamil’s vehicle by her house.
I called her later to ask how she made out and she was so excited and happy to tell me she had water again after being without water for three days.


Time to make tough choices

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To The Editor:
The Roxbury Central School District (RSCD) is going to the voters again in May for approval on the repair project. In conjunction with last week’s “Mailbag” by Gregory, I have to say, it is time for reality.
The first vote was in favor. However, as a result of wording issues, a second vote was required. This was defeated by the taxpayers.  Now, the voters will be asked again to vote in May on a scaled-down version, which is $750,000 less than the original plan.


Electoral "report card"

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To the Editor:
There will be no challenges in the upcoming Margaretville election, only the incumbents names will appear on the ballot. The March 18 election gives the village residents the opportunity to issue a “Report Card” on their sense of economic prog­ress and flood mitigation in the village. Since there are no challengers to the incumbents, voters have two options. You can either vote for the incumbent or make a comment in the write-in box.


Close Roxbury Central School to restore town's vitality

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To The Editor:
I see that the vote is on the docket again to spend millions to prop up the aging Roxbury Central School building. It’s clear that it’s a beloved and central institution in the small town of Roxbury.  
I have to challenge the idea that we should pour that much money into a school where soon there will only by 350 students (rough number). That’s over and above the $10 million we spend on the school budget each year.  Again a rough number but that works out to $28,571 per student, a staggering sum.  


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