Mailbag

Time to dredge the rivers

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To The Editor:
The flood of 2011 was both tragic and wonderful. Tragic to witness the devastation wrought by nature and wonderful to see the great spirit of people undiminished in its wake. The people of Margaretville and Arkville wasted no time in salvaging their property and lives as well as livelihoods and anyone walking through these neighborhoods in the days following the flood could only be inspired.


Recognition needed for workers

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To The Editor:
Following the disastrous flooding from Hurricane Irene, much well deserved credit has been given to the local (and not so local) emergency services that came to our aid in our time of need.

However, I noted one branch of our public services was sorely lacking from any mention: our highway departments! During the storm, I personally watched Tim from the Kelly Corners patrol of the Delaware County Highway Department scurrying back and forth with equipment during the onslaught to help contain the damage and prevent new or further damage from occurring.


Make plan to help in emergencies

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To The Editor:


Please help us in Prattsville

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To The Editor:
This could be you, but it’s us!

Approximately 1,000 residents of Prattsville were left homeless and devastated by Irene on August 28. Since then the cleanup has began. I was present at a business owners’ meeting where FEMA officials offered approximately $30,000 per business in grants and low interest loans for those who are eligible. That seemed to satisfy some but myself and others have their doubts.


Middletown property owners in RCS District face big tax hike

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By Pauline Liu
Most Town of Middletown property owners will be receiving their school tax bills several days late this year due to software problems in the county treasurer’s office.

When those bills arrive later this week, some taxpayers will also be getting an expensive surprise. While many face tax hikes, more than 500 homeowners, who live in the Town of Middletown but pay school taxes to the Roxbury Central School District, face tax increases as high as 35 percent.


Fracking meeting was hijacked

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To The Editor:
I believe it is important for a reporter to get names and information accurate.  After I spoke I heard polite clapping and then a couple of people came up and agreed with me and thanked me. I did not hear any boos.  Many others phoned and the messages were positive, but that does not matter.  I dislike hypocrisy, and as a friend repeated this morning, the meeting in Andes was hijacked.  I felt that I was sitting in a class entitled “Hysteria 101.”  Story Laurie and her family send the kids to Delhi.  Then people want to tell me what I can do with my land.


Hoping for Freshtown's quick return

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I’ve had a draft for a letter to the editor on my laptop for about six months. The gist of it was that my wife and I are new to the area and recognized that the Freshtown Supermarket was a wonderful addition to our community. I never sent it because I wanted to tweak my words to match my appreciation.

I wrote a dozen sentences about how much we respected the quality and variety of food they offered and how our life was significantly improved by their terrific store. Great food was an extravagance that we welcomed.


Bike event was glorious day

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To The Editor:
I would like to congratulate the organizers of last weekend’s tour of the Catskills bike ride. It was a glorious day and those of us who participated were delighted to have been a part of this now annual event. Not only did we meet lovely people but we got to support a local charity while at the same time enjoying the beautiful scenery around the reservoir.


Look at larger drilling issue

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To The Editor:
I was disturbed by the responses of the people who attended the Andes Town Hall forum on Friday evening. The presenter, Bill Kappel, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Society was informative and knowledgeable.  Afterwards was a question and answer session and good points were made.

Then individuals could speak for three minutes on the topic.  The forum turned into a one-sided, biased gathering. I was embarrassed by the brain-washing nature of the information presented.


Just say no to fracking

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To The Editor:
My wife Denise and I attended the fracking discussion held at Andes Central School on Friday.  As second homeowners with the desire to make Andes our primary home in the very near future, we are horrified at the damage fracking can do to the environment and the community.  Below the ground, the chemicals used in the fracking process can poison our wells and the methane released can seep into the wells tainting the water.  


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