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President Obama is leading us forward

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To the Editor:
Even before the Great Recession hit, our country experienced massive shifts in technology and global competition, that had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.


Fundraising event was paw-some!

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To The Editor:
A letter of sincere thanks to the community for your support of the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society Benefit event held at Crazy River Café.
Cheers to the entire Crazy River Cafe staff who worked tirelessly throughout the day and selflessly donated their day’s wages to the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. Cheers to the exceptional service of the waitstaff who served the standing room only crowd with a smile.


Endowment fund is essential

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The Editor:  
The Margaretville Health Foundation, now in its 6th year as a non-profit, renews its commitment to the vision of ensuring the Central Catskills community with access to the highest quality health care. To achieve this goal, the Foundation directs all of its resources to raising funds for the benefit of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. This year’s appeal is to help enrich the lives of the residents of Mountainside Residential Care Center by raising money to replace the old dressers and bedside tables with new ones.


Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

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To The Editor:
   I have read with interest the many letters for and against the pending development of the Belleayre Resort.  It occurs to me that anyone who speaks out in opposition to this project is quickly labeled as anti-progressive, self-serving and/or generally in favor of a “closed door” approach to Catskill Mountain life.  I, for one, seemed to have nurtured an attitude about this resort, which could at best be classified as highly skeptical.


A Valentine's for Santa

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To The Editor:
Known to some as contractor extraordinaire, to others as Santa and to a fortunate number as friend.
On behalf of the children of Margaretville and our surrounding towns and villages, a Valentine sent with love and sincere thanks for making our Christmas magical. A magic that will hopefully last throughout the year!

Ann Shea, Margartville


Volunteering is a win-win for all

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To The Editor:
“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King.
This month we observe the life and service commitment of Dr. Martin Luther King. A man who asked the same question repeatedly, “What are you doing today to help your brother?” No doubt about it – New York City, Westchester and Vermont may have recovered better from the not-so-recent economic downturn followed by hurricane upon hurricane, but Delaware County is still struggling.


Stop the Belleayre bullying

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To The Editor:
While skimming the News last week I came upon a letter to the editor in reference to areas where Belleayre employees park and where the writer(s) of the letter think they should park.
I worked part time at Belleayre after retiring from the Ulster County Highway Department. Under the Lanza regime, employees parked in the old garage parking lot, and I’m told by several employees that this is still the case.


Is it too much to ask?

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To The Editor:
Hostility toward the New York Safe Act, passed within days of the Sandy Hook massacre, has more to do with private property than gun rights. 


Getting what you deserve

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To The Editor:
The Obama administration is being forced to back off its plan to bomb yet another defenseless Third World country, in this case Syria. It is a tremendous setback for the Pentagon’s Dogs of War. Our Washington/New York/Hollywood axis ruling class has been stymied since it is being increasingly opposed domestically but even more so internationally. No one will now take on the war mongers running the USA directly, but lots of small and not-so-small coalitions, combined with the continued growth of The Tea Party, the Internet and the Social Media has, over time, created an effective opposition to our government’s policies of wars without end.


Belleayre skiers take issue with parking

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Editor’s note: The News rarely publishes unsigned letters but reserves the right to make exceptions to that practice. Although unsigned, the following letter is benign, makes an interesting argument, and the editor thought it would be of general interest to the paper’s readers. It would, of course, be a better and more compelling letter if the writers had taken credit for their work.

To The Editor:
With the takeover of Belleayre by ORDA, there have been so many great changes making the mountain better than ever for loyal patrons and new guests of Belleayre. However, it remains absolutely mind boggling to the vast majority of us that the employees of the mountain are allowed to park in the main parking lots (upper and lower) of the Overlook Lodge.


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