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Science is needed to protect golden eagles

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To The Editor:
Gloria Malloy (in last week’s paper) brought up a very good point regarding the importance of studying climate change. This is precisely why we are studying the flight habits of golden eagles. Reducing dependence on fossil fuels is key to addressing climate change, and wind power will be part of the solution.  
However, one argument against wind power is bird mortality, and wind turbines have proved deadly to golden eagles in particular.


Thanks for your support, Freshtown!

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To the Editor:
 The Fairview Public Library would like to thank the Freshtown of Margaretville for the donations of healthy snacks to our story time program. On February 20th our story time was visited by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County. Children ages 2 to 12 read a story about healthy foods, exercised and each made their own healthy snack. Thank you to all that were involved to help our young community members and their families stay healthy.
 
The Fairview Public Library, Margaretville


Railroad is an appealing attraction

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To The Editor:
Our family of five enjoys traveling the country and visiting area railroads. The Catskill Mountain Railroad is certainly appealing. But to sacrifice a portion of this railroad for a trail is poor judgment at best.
Trails are a dime a dozen. But a working railroad through your beautiful area is a strong draw. We would visit for a train ride, but never consider the trip for a trail.
Jim Norton, Huntsville, AL


Don't shortchange the future

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To The Editor:
We live in a time of great economic hardships. Escalating energy cost, ever-rising prices at the grocery store, few good jobs or no jobs at all, which all contributes to a declining state and local tax base.
As a result of New York State’s challenging financial climate, state aid is continually being reduced to our local municipalities and schools with schools are hit the hardest.


Sweet Valentine's Dinner Raffle

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To The Editor:
Congratulations to the winner of the Valentine’s Day Dinner Raffle at Peekamoose, Peter Molnar.  
We would also like to extend our thanks to Peekamoose Restaurant, the retailers and the participants for a successful and fun event geared to give recognition to our outstanding health care facilities right here in the Catskills, Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.  
In this particularly challenging winter season, many of you acknowledged the importance of supporting these community assets not only for the chance of winning but for the chance of guaranteeing a future of innovated health care well into the next generation.

Margaretville Health Foundation Board of Directors


Lois Barrett

Lois S. Barrett, 51, a resident of Andes, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
Lois was born June 24, 1962 at Kingston, the daughter of Vinny and Beverly (Embree) Walker.
She is survived by her companion of 19 years, Robert G. Archibald Jr.; two sons, Cody Barrett and Joseph Magrane; her father, Vinny Walker and two brothers, Frank Embree and Jesse Flynn.
Lois was predeceased by her mother, Beverly.
A prayer service was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.  25, 2014 at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.


Leave the birds alone

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To The Editor:
Re your article on the capture and tagging of a golden eagle as part of study project, it is shameful that we can’t leave the birds alone. 
The large transmitter box, which was attached to the bird, may have some influence on its flight and ultimate health. Satisfying the students’ curiosity on genetic differences and habits of the bird is not worth interfering unnecessarily with our beautiful wildlife.
Humans are the most invasive species ever on the planet!  Those students would best be served by studying how we are contributing to global warming.

Gloria Zola-Mulloy, Fleischmanns


Can anyone disregard the law?

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To the Editor:
The juxtaposition of two gun-related Catskill Mountain News articles on February 12 was shocking. The first article chronicled yet another incident of gun violence that ended with the death of a DEP worker, senselessly murdered at his workplace in Kingston. We have become accustom to these deaths, whether they are domestic violence, workplace related or just given that someone thinks that another human being can be killed because they are playing music too loud or texting in a movie theater.


In defense of the crossbow

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To the Editor:
I have send a version of this letter about being in favor of legalized crossbow hunting in NY to Gunther, Bonacic, Sweeney, the DEC and Cuomo.


Obvious omission is Rep. Gibson

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To the Editor:
There was an obvious omission in your article last week about the “big” effects of the recent cuts in the SNAP (food stamp) program on our state and more specifically the Catskill Region [“Farm Bill could have big local price”].  


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