Mailbag

Offers apology for actions

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To The Editor:
I attended the Andes Town Board meeting on October 11. I interrupted the meeting.
I apologize to Marty Donnelly, town supervisor, and the Andes Town Board.
I understand the pain my words caused Mike Adams, highway superintendent, Kimberly Tosi, his daughter, and Sandra, Mike’s wife. I deeply apologize for the harm I have done.

Joe Sicinski,
Andes


Questions high salaries in Andes

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To The Editor:
Shame on the Andes Town Board and Supervisor!

As a taxpayer of the Town of Andes did you know? Keep in mind the number of residents in the Town of Andes compared to other townships in Delaware County.

Town Councilman – Shayne Moshier is making $4,250 a year (Second highest paid in Delaware County) Assessor – Tina Moshier (wife) is making a whopping $41,906 a year (Highest paid in Delaware County) Tax Collector Margaret Moshier (mother) is making $8,240 (Second highest in Delaware County)


Disillusionment growing with DEC

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To The Editor:
Growing up in our country, through 70 some years of my lifetime, I’ve always believed that the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, and all the regulatory agencies of the government, would protect us. Now we find out, that for some time, this has not been true.

Governor Cuomo and President Obama have bowed their heads, closed their eyes, and joined forces with other politicians who turn their backs on clean air, clean water and global warming.


Become engaged at Onteora

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To The Editor:
On behalf of the Onteora Board of Education, I am writing to invite you to join the newly established Legislative Action Committee.


Keep politics out of situation

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To The Editor:
I would like to comment on Mona Lee Sheehan’s article in the Mailbag a few weeks ago, “Tea Party’s influence is appalling.” She makes the comment that it is the Tea Party that is stopping congress from passing a bill that would found FEMA to help the flood victims.


Flood clean-up work continuing

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To The Editor:
I would like to clarify a few points about MARK Project’s Clean Sweep Program.

Charlie Gockel started his program in Prattsville, and it was evident that our area would benefit from something similar. With the agreement of Rick Osterhoudt and Todd Pascarella to begin a team, and Peg Ellsworth’s MARK support, we have been able to establish a working entity. Billy Allison and Program Coordinator Katie Lehn from MARK have joined the effort to get as many assessments as possible done before winter.


Great confidence in squad

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To The Editor:
Margaretville Fire Department wishes to commend the Catskill Mountain News on its special section last week on our local fire departments and the events of the days of Tropical Storm Irene. One could almost get a feel of the agony and tribulations that the fire department members endured during the storm and its aftermath.


Protect ourselves from drilling

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To The Editor:
There are other health impacts caused from regional gas drilling besides threatening our air and water. The heavy industrial truck traffic has caused increases in serious and fatal automobile accidents, delays for first responders reaching people in emergency situations, and an insufficient number of first responders to deal with these new demands.


We're in monsoon country!

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To The Editor:
It will happen again and again. This area is now monsoon country. If the floodwater could be combined with fracking, we’d have gas coming out our ears.

The only practical solution, and it should have been done after the A&P was flooded in ’96, is to dig the entire Delaware River 10 feet deeper and, where it runs through Margaretville and Roxbury, make it twice as wide.

Use the mud and rocks to build a levee on both sides of the river through those villages. And, hire only American citizens to do the work with local residents given preference.


Ever grateful for assistance

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To The Editor:
After the floodwaters receded the Arkville and Margaretville fire departments came to assist me. Several members from each department came to deliver food and water and offered any and all assistance they could.

While we were all safe from harms way, we did have a different type of struggle. Our bridge was washed from its footings, the I-beams were bent and the deck washed down stream. While I expected flooding and the driveway to be washed out, I figured all would be fixed and back in operation before too long. I took my family up to the house to weather the storm.


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