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Something is wrong with system

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To The Editor:
Chuck Freas, my golf buddy, I think you might be looking at the Occupy Wall Street movement the wrong way.  The statistic you quote that 47 percent of all taxpayers that will not pay any federal income tax seems to me to support the fact that something is wrong with our system.  Some of the 47 percent will not pay as they are so wealthy they have good CPAs but the majority will not pay as they are making so little money as to not qualify.


Fracking moratorium drawn up in Andes

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By Pauline Liu
The Town of Andes appears to be at the forefront of an anti-fracking movement in the New York City Watershed, especially now that Town Attorney David Merzig has drafted a proposed law that would impose a six-month moratorium on heavy industry, including hydrofracking.

Some may question these efforts, since the state is continuing to ban fracking in the watershed, which is where the city gets its water. Many Andes residents want to ensure that there will be no natural gas drilling in the town in the event that the ban is someday lifted.


I wish protesters well

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To The Editor:
Peaceful protests are a healthy manifestation of democracy and a means for numbers of people to vent their feelings on matters that bother them and hopefully make changes.


Gladstone is dedicated citizen

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To The Editor:
I have had the privilege of getting to know Wayland “Bud” Gladstone over the past couple of years and I am writing to urge the voters of Andes to vote for him in his bid for town board.

My experience of Mr. Gladstone is that he is an exceptional and unique person who is an asset to the community. He and his spouse are very hardworking, innovative, fourth-generation farmers who are invested in Andes for the long haul.


Community support appreciated

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To The Editor:
On behalf of the Catskill Mountain Velo Club and the children who were victims of the flooding that occurred from Hurricane Irene, we would like to take this opportunity and thank all of the people who contributed to our fund raiser and made it possible for us to restore some joy into the lives of the children who have lost so much from this catastrophe.


Very proud of work for Andes

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To The Editor:
Upon requesting to see the 2012 Andes Tentative Budget I received a call from Supervisor Donnelly to enlighten me that all my positions with the Town of Andes had been eliminated. Donnelly stated “That was the only place that the town board could make a big cut.” My salary dropped from $13,338 to $500 plus health insurance.


Miller, Biruk deserve support

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To The Editor:
We would like to take this opportunity to voice our support of Marge Miller for Town Supervisor and John Biruk for Highway Superintendent in the Town of Middletown. Marge and John are in contested races and deserve the community’s support in their efforts to serve. They both are qualified, concerned and hardworking.


Clarifying the debate record

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To The Editor:
The Middletown Supervisorial debate was an unqualified success. The public will demand it to be repeated each time there is a contested race. Regardless of which candidate gets the most votes, the community is the winner. Congratulations and thanks.


Disappointed in debate coverage

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To The Editor:
I attended last week’s debate for Town of Middletown supervisor sponsored by the Catskill Mt. News. Frankly, I was quite taken aback by the news report that followed in the CMN. I feel the reporter provided inaccurate and incomplete information in her covering of the debate.

I was equally disappointed with the CMN for resorting to sensationalist journalism by including an out-of-context snippet of a quote, with even the snippet being inaccurate, which is nothing but a gross disservice to all parties involved.


Vote for Marge in Middletown

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To The Editor:
Bright, informed, energetic, passionate, and resilient, Marge Miller has the skill set needed to serve the Town of Middletown as supervisor.


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