Mailbag

Defense of hunting offered

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To The Editor:
Unfair is not an entity of nature. When, the big fish stops eating the little fish, then, we are all in trouble. Robin Williams’ letter to the editor in last week’s paper is a clear example of somebody out of touch with nature.


Stop hydrofracking in region

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 To The Editor: 
I would like to thank the Andes Town Board for their work and their vote on the temporary moratorium on heavy industry in our town.   A majority of the residents of Andes do not want to see hydrofracking in Andes and feel that Andes should take action to prevent it, even though at present, it is not going to be allowed in the watershed.  


There's hope for the future

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To The Editor:
This past Veterans’ Day, I was privileged to attend the Veterans’ Day program at Margaretville Central School. I wish to thank the school officials and their students, for putting on such a warm and dignified program. For me the climax to this program was when a small boy approached and offered me his hand. We shook hands and he stepped back and raised his small hand in salute.
My heart swelled with joy as this action gave me hope for the future of America.
Thank you.

Barrington E. Lewis,
293rd Combat
Engineers
WWII
Denver


Pheasant hunting is unfair sport

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To The Editor:
I recently looked out my workplace window to see two beautiful male ring-neck pheasants along with three females. I’d only seen this stunning bird in my Audubon book, so I took a moment to admire their sleek green feathers and markings.  Then it hit me, “Why are they in our parking lot?”


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.


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