Mailbag

The ostrich never learns a lesson

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To The Editor:
The ostrich is a large flightless bird with a long neck that is native to Africa. We frequently see pictures of this bird with its head in a hole in the ground, oblivious to its surroundings.


Auxiliary gives thanks to many

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To The Editor:
On the 80th anniversary of Margaretville Hospital and the 45th anniversary of The Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center Auxiliary, this year’s flea market was another success for the institutions we serve, the local community and the area businesses. Many thanks are owed to the many individuals and businesses that contributed their time, talents and resources to help make the annual flea market the success that it was.


Raise rates for postage

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To The Editor:
I have been reading in your paper that 3,600-plus post office facilities (rural) are targeted for closure. It states that the Postmaster General is taking a long hard look at the mail and how much it costs to deliver it. You should check your mail for the next week or so. Note how many letters come to your home with postage of between 9 cents to 38 cents each. It costs the same amount to pick up that mail as well as to deliver it.


Shop locally and save money

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To The Editor:
A couple of weeks ago, there was a complaint letter from someone who thinks that the prices in Margaretville are too steep. Congratulations on getting someone from Stamford for getting you your new oil tank at a bargain price. Just goes to show that shopping local (within 30 miles from home) can pay off.


Walkers need reflective clothing

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To The Editor:
As a former long-time resident of the area, I am familiar with the Route 28 corridor and the need to be on the lookout for deer and other wildlife after dark. However, deer were the least of my driving worries this weekend!


High prices hurt local shopping

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To The Editor:
We would love to do most, if not all, of our shopping locally but frankly cannot afford to do so. Two very recent incidents pointed out graphically the high prices in Margaretville.
We needed a new oil tank and got an estimate, locally, for between $1,800-2,200. After making inquiries we got someone from Stamford that did the whole job for $750.

Yesterday, our gas tank for the grill needed to be filled so we filled it in Margaretville for $23. My husband was so shocked and called B.J.’s in Oneonta and the price was $14.


Letter writer had chemical wrong

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To The Editor:
In response to the mailbag letter “Hands of the DEC are Dirty,” which was published in the July 13 edition of this periodical, and of which it was stated: “The chemicals in Roundup are the same as the ones used in Agent Orange, that was used in Vietnam.” This is completely incorrect.
I will not get into a debate on whether the various town and/or state highway departments should spray Glyphosate based weed killers, nor will I debate whether this chemical is or can be directly attributed to birth defects.


Media masters are in control

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To The Editor:


Hands of the DEC are dirty

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To The Editor:
I was surprised to see the front page in last week’s Catskill News. The article stated the DEC disapproves of fracking in the watershed district because of the effect on the drinking water.
In another article the DEC backs using Roundup along the roadways to kill weeds. According to this article there is evidence that Roundup may cause birth defects. The weed killer seeps into the ground and the waterways. The chemicals in Roundup are the same as the ones used in Agent Orange, that was used in Vietnam. Roundup is put up by the same manufacturer: The Monstano Co.


Quarltere's support is welcomed

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To The Editor:
The Roxbury Rotary Cub would like to thank Quarltere’s Garden and Market Place for their contribution of flowers to the Rotary program of decorating the Welcome signs at each end of the town and along Main Street. The community should be aware of the individuals and businesses that help make Roxbury a nice place to live.

The Roxbury Rotary Club


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