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The long-term consequences

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To The Editor:
Even though the last recession officially ended in 2009, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a.k.a. food stamps, has seen a 70-percent increase in enrollees since 2007. Dollar payments have more than doubled over that same period, raising from $30.4 billion to $75 billion. Whereas SNAP’s budget used to rise and fall with the overall economy, today it has morphed into yet another permanent part of the United States’ bankrupt entitlement edifice.


Let your dreams come true

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To The Editor:
The most uplifting story in the Catskill Mountain News this year has been the recent one about the valedictorians and salutatorians from Roxbury and Margaretville schools. As I read about their remarkable accomplishments, aspirations, and dreams, I was overwhelmed with tears of joy.
We cannot escape the fact that aging comes rapidly upon us, transcending youth. As this process occurs, many of us are distanced from actual interactions with young people and all of their pure and idealistic beliefs.


No public, only self interest

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To The Editor:
I was both dismayed and disappointed to read the letter from Kingdon Gould Jr. in last week’s letters to the editor.

Mr. Gould’s thinly disguised threat that the preferred build out proposed for the Belleayre Ski Center be ruled out “mostly due to the lawsuits that will surely follow” is another way of saying, “Do it my way or I will use my considerable resources to force my way,” a statement more suited to a 19th-century robber baron than a self-professed concerned and caring resident.


The boys don't know Marge

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Boys will be boys. That includes three boys serving as councilmen on the Middletown Town Board.


Hang up the Lederhosen

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To The Editor:
After 13 fantastic and authentic Oktoberfest fundraisers, the members of the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills have decided to cancel this year’s event, which was scheduled for October 19 at Belleayre’s Discovery Lodge.


time to reduce gun deaths

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To The Editor:
In early April, we met with our Congressman, Chris Gibson, asking him to take positive steps to address the disease of gun violence that contributes enormously to the U.S.A.’s violent death rate running some five-to-10 times higher than other First World, leading economic nations.


Our area's future is now

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Editor’s note: Following is the text of testimony given by Fleischmanns resident John Hoeko on May 29 at the public hearing at Belleayre Ski Center regarding the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

To The Editor:
Hi, for those who don’t know me, I am John Hoeko, a lifelong fly fisherman, skier, and golfer. Most of all I am an ardent conservationist.
Let’s walk back through time.


Inevitable lawsuits

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Editor’s note. The following letter was addressed to Daniel Whitehead, DEC Region 3 Environmental Permit Administrator. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Mr. Whitehead:
This letter is in response to the DEC’s April 17th advice that comments on the current draft Plan for Belleayre’s Management and the SDEIS for Crossroads Ventures’ proposed development should both be addressed to you.


Is there no room for our plan?

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To The Editor:
We have been working on developing Route 30 in Delaware County for tourism and its consequent economic benefits. The route includes five townships: Hancock, Colchester, Andes, Middletown, and Roxbury.


Many appreciate the work

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To The Editor:
I would like to send my appreciation to whoever did the wonderful job on the Halcottsville Cemetery grounds on Old River Road. The cemetery has not looked so pristine since my husband passed away in 2008.

It will be so nice to visit and pay respect to loved ones and not have to mow or weed whack. Again, thank you to all involved and I hope it continues to look as beautiful as it does now. I know many appreciate all of the work as I do. Thank you.

Wilma J. Lindner,
Halcottsville


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