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Scrap the rails and make trails

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To The Editor:
There are better ideas than railroads for Highmount. Perhaps there are better ways to use what is currently the rail trail enjoyed by hikers between Highmount and Pine Hill than an expensive rebuilding of the tracks with an uncertain return for the community.
It’s difficult to see the extension of the railroad as a big draw for tourism. I just don’t foresee many people driving three hours from New York City to ride the railroad between Highmount and Pine Hill. It’s not going to happen.


Looking for a special senior pal?

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To The Editor:
Are you 60 years of age or older? Have you been looking for that very special cat or dog for a loving companion, but are unable to afford the expense of vet bills, spaying/neutering, etc.?
Well, your search may be over. You may qualify to adopt a senior homeless cat or dog living at the shelter.
Through a grant from the Werner Dannsheimer Testament Fund, the Heart of the Catskill Humane Society is able to provide a loving cat or dog, five years old or older who has been waiting to meet that special someone to give them love and companionship.


Many issues concerning 'bed tax'

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To The Editor:
The Delaware County Supervisors’ debate and proposal for a county “bed tax” sounds like a way of raising funds to boast tourism for our county. However, in these economic times, do we really want to have another tax in our county?  We are trying to get people to come and stay in our county who would shop, go to restaurants, golf, ski, hunt and fish. Why should they stay in Delaware County and pay an extra tax to stay here?  They can stay in Ulster or Green county and not pay an extra tax.


Advocates three-step program

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To The Editor:
My last letter briefly described my philosophy of the justice system. Here is a condensed framework of how I will effectively carry out the actual job of town justice. All of my decisions will be focused on protection for our community with special regard to the taxpayers who pick up the tab.
First, prison will be reserved for dangerous people. There will be times that jail will also be used to temporarily dry someone out, or be a cooling off place. If a person physically takes their anger out on a spouse, child, or elderly person, they are going to jail.


Sign stealing is wrong no matter what

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To The Editor:
Vandals are what I would call them.  The cowardly, disrespectful, and un-American acts that have occurred near the Millbrook Road.  What I am talking about is first, the attack on the “Vote for Nelson Delameter” sign and secondly, the complete removal of the sign after it was straightened and replaced.


Author seeking information

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To The Editor:
I’m hoping your readers may be able to help me. I’m currently researching a book about the Irish playwright Brendan Behan and I’ve come across reports of him spending a weekend in Margaretville.
Basically, having fallen ill and missing his boat to Ireland, Behan sought “haven” in the home of attorney Joseph Brill and his family.
I was wondering if any of your readers had any recall or memories of his visit? I’ve seen from your own archive that Behan was out and about in the town over the course of his four days in the area.

Dave Hannigan,
East Setauket


Fighting a war that is already lost

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To The Editor:
There are now more Americans in our jails than there were prisoners in Stalin’s Gulag Archipelago. Mass incarceration on a scale almost unexampled in human history is a fundamental fact in our nation today. Overall, there are now more people under “correctional supervision” – more than 7.1 million – who are either in prison, on probation, or under correctional supervision and these numbers keep climbing each year as more prisons are being built nationwide.


How about pursuing rail with trail for Ulster County

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To The Editor:
Last fall I completed a short video called “Let’s Restore Reservoir Railroading!” Since then, events have progressed ominously for the railroad faction. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein is promoting a “world class” Rail Trail from the Walkway over the Hudson to Highmount at the Belleayre Ski Center, a total of nearly 60 miles at a (never mentioned) cost of $40 million and 20 years to complete.

The railroad crisis


Proud of Andes firefighters

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To The Editor:
It was the Sunday evening before Labor Day and I was just finishing the last strokes of paint
on the shutters. We heard turkeys gobbling in the distance, as if they were warning us that something was about to happen. I could hear the thunder and lighting and it started pouring.
We went downstairs and all of a sudden heard an explosion. It was so loud that the house shook. When the rain stopped we walked around the house to see where the lighting struck but didn’t see anything.
We started taking pictures of the newly stained house and then my partner said there’s


Summer reading program a success

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To The Editor:
The Summer Reading Program at the Fairview Public Library was a great success. Fairview had a 50 percent increase in the number of participants in the program and in the number of books children and teens read over the summer.  Pre-school and elementary school children read an average of 12 hours during the 10-week program and the teens read an average nine books over the summer.


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