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Democratic process worked

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To The Editor:
 Not mentioned in your February 20 article concerning the Andes Town Board meeting was the momentous vote by the town board to ban heavy industry, and therefore High Volume Hydraulic Fracture gas drilling (aka fracking).  The Andes Town Board reviewed the issues and listened to the opinion of the residents of Andes and passed a ban on heavy industry, making Andes the first town in Delaware County to ban this extreme form of resource extraction.


Manage resources better

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To The Editor:
I came home from skiing on Monday to find that the Middletown Highway Department is out mowing the roadsides. Last year I saw the same activity taking place after a snowfall.

At that time I called the highway superintendant to question why it was necessary to mow during the winter, especially as this was done during the fall and no new growth had taken place since the last cut. I was told they always do this.


Ban the assault hammer

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To The Editor:
Assault hammers are the scourge of America. Because more people are murdered with hammers than with rifles, we have to ban them now. We need to register all hammers, including carpenter’s hammers, mechanic’s hammers, and masonry hammers. And, only licensed carpenters, mechanics, and professionals can possess them if they are registered and kept locked up when not in use. Handles and hammerheads should be locked up separately and only put together when in use.


Leadership change needed

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To The Editor:
The taxpayers and voters of Hardenburgh need to be aware of the decisions that our town board have and continue to enact.

Councilperson Doug Odell leads our board. In August of 2011 Doug persuaded the board to require the supervisor to co-pay 25 percent of his health insurance. This came while I was completing my 14th year of service. This slap in the face caused me to forego reelection. Within a few months after the election the town board voted to reinstate full health benefits for the new supervisor.


Ulster County on wrong track

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To The Editor:
I am writing in response to the Ulster County Executive’s State of the County Address which was given on 1/31/13.


Community support appreciated

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To The Editor
I am writing to thank all the volunteers and contributors to the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days fundraising campaign over the past 20-some years that I have been associated with the event.


Bound to a wheelchair?

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To The Editor:
The phrase, bound to a wheelchair, in the article that was a wonderful tribute to Terry Doyle really does a disservice to all who use wheelchairs for mobility.  When the “able” world sees a person (be it an adult or child) who uses a wheelchair for mobility, and sees that use as a deficit, instead of an aid, they are perpetuating ableism.


Poison threatens wildlife

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To The Editor:
It is Valentine’s Day and my heart is broken. The opossum lying on my kitchen table cannot be saved. Found slumped in the snow he was brought to my house by a kind lady. She had seen this opossum walking around her yard the past few evenings and had enjoyed watching him. He was, no doubt, searching for a mate. Opossums mate in February, with the young ready to leave the female’s pouch by May.


Myth of debt ceiling

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Lauds move by Shandaken

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To The Editor:
Thank you, Shandaken Councilmen. It was reassuring to hear that the councilmen have the intestinal fortitude to stand up for our 2nd Amendment rights. Going on the record sets the bar and sends a message to Governor Cuomo that the rural community does not agree with the hastily concocted gun control measures. The first modern society to boast of total gun control registration was Adolf Hitler’s Germany in 1935. Thank you, Shandaken.

Randy Adams,
Arkville


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