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Community pride and spirit

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I’d like to thank the community of Middletown for your overwhelming support of the recent fundraiser for the Community Pantry. Through your monetary donations, purchase of raffle tickets and the car wash, we raised over $1,400 by Wednesday, July 3. The donations were still coming in after the event. This is a great example of true community pride and spirit and I am proud to be a part of that.


Fines can support police

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I am 57 years old and it had finally sunk in that speeding is a public nuisance and that police officers are public servants who are employed to protect the general public. It is never too late to learn.
Recently I have experienced this nuisance on area roads in and around the Town of Shandaken.  I never thought I would be writing a letter like this, but I believe if a town is experiencing this type of problem then town officials should expand their thinking and the police force and not hold to the ever popular underfunding and undermanned.


True community member

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We would like to take this opportunity to remember Jacqueline Grocholl and thank her family for a lifetime of selfless volunteerism for our community. Among other efforts, Jackie was the glue that held the Margaretville Pantry together for more than 20 years. Jackie scheduled volunteer staff, drove food to homebound individuals and opened her heart and mind to everyone she encountered. Jackie was also instrumental in re-establishing the food bank as the Community Pantry, lending her advice, time and experience, even while managing deteriorating health.


Not easy running non-profit

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I have recently attended two wonderful concerts at the Roxbury Arts Group: the Villalobos Brothers and the Jazz Quartet.  

I’d like to thank RAG for providing us with wonderful performances and art exhibits as well as for organizing the Decentralization Grants that provide funds to a large number of artistic endeavors throughout our county and for the art/music programs they have for young people.


Accusation just plain silly

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Anyone who knows me would probably agree that I am a strong, opinionated, outspoken woman. I might hope that they would also agree with fairly intelligent and hardworking. For 15 years, I have worked at the News with Brian Sweeney.

During these years, we have disagreed on a laundry list of subjects ranging from national and local


We need our police

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I am writing this letter in response to the statements made by a councilman at the Shandaken Town Board meeting in June.

He stated that the Shandaken Police Department was overstaffed. I do not agree.
There is a need for the number of police we currently have. This is one of the main reasons for our low crime rate.

They also patrol our areas and know our residents and nonresidents, and can foresee any problems that may occur.


We need our police

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To The Editor:
I am writing this letter in response to the statements made by a councilman at the Shandaken Town Board meeting in June.

He stated that the Shandaken Police Department was overstaffed. I do not agree.
There is a need for the number of police we currently have. This is one of the main reasons for our low crime rate.

They also patrol our areas and know our residents and nonresidents, and can foresee any problems that may occur.


Not a robber baron

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The proposed expansion of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and the planned construction of the Belleayre Resort have been contentious issues that have engendered entrenched vociferous camps of proponents and detractors for more than a decade. The recent public forum held at the mountain was organized specifically to allow supporters and opponents three minutes center stage to present a show and tell of information, statistics, and projections in defense of their positions, thereby providing additional data compiled for the decision making agencies.


Letter writer needs 'Time Out'

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Mr. and Mrs. Bernhardt should be ashamed of themselves. In civil discourse, there is no need to resort to name-calling. Make no mistake; using the word ‘boys’ in their letter was nothing more than an insidious and pernicious use of boys as a pejorative. Rather than engage in a thoughtful and fact-based discussion of the divide on the town board, these two educated people chose to instead smear those they do not support in a clear attempt to silence their dissension.


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