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April 28, 2010: America faces wounded future

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To The Editor:
Before proceeding, I admit to having voted for Obama, scammed by his meaningless proclamations of “change” — When? Where? To say I am disappointed is putting it mildly.


April 28, 201: Defending Israel in granddad's memory

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To The Editor:
I am commenting on a subject that has recently appeared in the Catskill Mountain News.  As a pacifist, and a clinical social worker trained to consider people and situations in their entirety, I have always reserved judgment on aggression taken by Israel toward some Arab entities as reported by the media and others, because it has a history of working toward peace and any aggression has been solely in self-defense.
The story began thousands of years ago when Jews and Arabs populated the land of Canaan, later known as part of the Ottoman Empire.  The history of Jews and Arabs through the 20th Century and into the 21st, and the age-old concept of the establishment of a Jewish homeland, is complex. 
Now surrounded by both peaceful and terror-driven Arab countries, the modern state of Israel has bravely stood its ground, though consistently cooperating with the international community to the point of repeatedly agreeing to the forfeiture of land!  (Can you imagine if our country was pressured into giving even an inch to Mexico or Canada?)  Even that did not change the reality of hate and violence experienced on a daily basis from outside to inside its borders over a long period of time.
It is obvious that Israel can peacefully co-exist with Arabs for the following reasons:
Israel, with a population of over seven million Jews and over one million Arabs, has proven that it can live peacefully with Arabs.


April 21, 2010: Wellness should be part of our lives

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Editor’s note: The following letter was written to MCS Superintendent Tony Albanese. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.
Dear Mr. Albanese:


April 21, 2010: Quest for peace is what’s important

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To The Editor:


April 21, 2010: Israel is a strong United States ally

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To The Editor:
Tuesday, April 20 marked the 62nd anniversary of Israel as an independent and democratic country. This is cause for celebration. Israel has accomplished much of which to be proud and I as an American Jew share and take pride in those accomplishments.


April 21, 2010: Dr. Birns is now “from” here

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To The Editor:
I just finished reading Bill Birns’ column on old-timers.  I liked it.  I like all his columns.


April 14, 2010: We're proud of our work at CFA

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To The Editor:
This letter is in response to last week’s mailbox letter by Brian Wheaton, “Why Charge for Safety Class?” We work for the Catskill Forest Association (CFA) located in Arkville. CFA is a private, nonprofit forestry education organization that works mostly with private forest landowners since they include the largest ownership of our state and region’s forested lands.


April 14, 2010: Offering a distorted view of history

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To The Editor:
In his letter (April 7) taking me to task, Adam Varsano promises a history lesson. But the history he offers is distorted, and that serves neither his point of view nor the cause of peace.
By no definition were the Jews of Jerusalem “ethnically cleansed” by Arabs in 1948.


April 14, 2010: Rampant development is destructive

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To The Editor:
I would like to applaud both Jack McShane, for his excellent letter in last week’s Catskill Mountain News, and New York City for its land acquisitions. Mr. McShane is 100 percent correct when he asserts that wild over-development not only destroys the life of an area but always, (repeat: ALWAYS!) causes taxes to increase as the needs for ever more infrastructure — needs caused by the development itself — burden the communities involved.


April 14, 2010: The school system not working

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To The Editor:
I was recently given a copy of the proposed MCS budget for 2010-2011 and having reviewed it, especially in comparison to prior years, I have concerns.


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