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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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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.


Important issues for Margaretville

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On August 1, we opened a temporary office on Main Street in Margaretville. It was a business experiment—expanding our Brooklyn base north to a region that Lisa has been visiting throughout her life.

We had many expectations: spend more time with family (Lisa’s father owns a house in Big Indian), spend more time in nature, avoid the rush of city life, source new work.


Stay positive and work together

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I was deeply moved after reading an article in last week’s Catskill Mountain News about the local kids who were Facebooking about how they cried over the loss of the Fleischmanns Park.

This letter is to reassure them and all of the children in our community. It has been an extremely tough and frightful time for all of us in this area since the flood but the scenes of destruction and distress hit harshest our youth who have never before seen anything like this.


Tea Party influence is appalling

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To The Editor:
An article in the September 21 Catskill Mountain News mentioned four federal programs that provide grants or low interest loans to victims of the Hurricane Irene disaster.

The same day that this article was published, the Republican majority in the House of Representatives failed to pass a measure to fund FEMA, the primary source of federal relief to disaster victims. FEMA’s funding will run out on October 1, 2011, unless additional funds are provided.
Opposition to the bill was primarily driven by conservative Republicans kowtowing to right wing extremist Tea Baggers.


Belleayre richly deserves support

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To the Editor:
Of the hundreds of emergency response personnel and volunteers who responded so heroically to last month’s flooding, I would like to give special thanks to Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza and his entire staff for their extraordinary service to our community during its greatest time of crisis.


Let's get going on bridge repairs

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To The Editor:
Two weeks ago I penned a letter to the Delaware County DPW Commissioner with a copy to the Mailbag. This communiqué was a request for information on the status of the county bridge that was closed on upper Dry Brook Road and planned remediation. I am sad to say that as of Sunday, Sept. 25th I have received no response from the commissioner! I find this a personal and official affront to a town supervisor.


Community Day planned for Oct. 16

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To The Editor:
We want to let everyone in the surrounding communities know that the Village of Margaretville sponsored Community Day is still on!  Now, more than ever, we need to come together as friends and neighbors to forget for a few hours the tragedy that has struck our communities.

On Sunday, Oct. 16 at the pavilion in the village park, the West Point Drum and Bugle Corps will be performing at 2 p.m.  Festivities will begin at noon with a bring-a-dish-to-pass picnic.  Bottled water and table service will be provided. You may bring other non-alcoholic beverages.


Out of luck with fracking issue

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To The Editor:
What happens to property values in an area that has to put plainly…been Fracked? In a single word, property values will plummet, perhaps to never return.

Potential home buyers are being negatively influenced by fear of fracking. They fear toxic fracking fluids, contaminated water, air pollution, radioactivity, damaged roads and round the clock light and noise. They are not going to pay full price where property values are expected to drop as an area becomes more industrialized.


Fracking is making people sick

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People are getting sick from gas drilling. From state to state, over and over again, the gas companies deny responsibility and the DEP, EPA, and the DEC turns its back on the people they’re supposed to protect.

Politicians and gas companies assured us that what happened in the Barnet Shale wouldn’t happen in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale … but it did. Now they say, ‘NY will have better regulations!’ ‘The DEC will protect us!’ ‘Those problems won’t happen here.’ But, they already have.


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