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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.


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.


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.


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.  


Pray hard for our country

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To The Editor:
I would like to respond to the letter from Charles Kowalski of Denver.

I am not an ostrich. I don’t have my head stuck in the sand.  I am the one who writes letters to Obama, senators, congress people. Does anybody listen?  Why should they? We vote them in and then forget how many years they spent in office.

How many letters have you written? I wrote them all my days since I came to America because I care about this country that I made my home in and the freedom I had in being able to write.  


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.


New signs don't do the job

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To The Editor:
Those involved in the design and approval of the new “Catskill Park” signs dotting our landscape must have had military training in camouflage!

The choices of foliage green and bark brown colors make the signs almost invisible amongst the surrounding flora. I’m all for beautifying the area with credible signage but this exercise in “art creativity 101” is a failure and deserves an F.

If, when I was working at CBS and SONY MUSIC (where legibility was key) one of my designers presented me with this layout, they would today be pounding the pavement!


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.


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