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I'm for Belleayre Resort progress

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To The Editor:
I refer to your December 21 article titled “Governor’s Commission says ORDA should take over Belleayre operations.” It is of the utmost timing for Belleayre Mountain to get a new directive, rather than keeping it in limbo, which has been very detrimental.  Under the DEC, we have witnessed massive layoffs, restrains of marketing, which now will adversely affect many of the local citizens, merchants and restaurants, while Windham and Hunter can market their income from skiers as they wish.


Gas drilling cart before the horse

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To The Editor:
A recent EPA report on the contamination of groundwater by frack fluid exposes that hydraulic fracturing gas drilling can be a risky operation. Whether you are in favor of this gas drilling in our area, or against it, you should let the DEC know of any concerns you have with their SGEIS. The DEC is taking comments on the SGEIS until January 11, 2012.  


Accolades for Bovina event

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To The Editor:
It takes a village, and a library!

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Bovina Library, with the guidance and hard work of librarian, Marjorie Miller, and a dedicated group of Bovina volunteers, created and staged the first-annual Farming Bovina Holiday Feast, benefitting the library. The dinner featured the meat, poultry, cheese and produce of our area farmers.


Information age is dangerous

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To The Editor:
If it is true that we are living in the “Information Age,” with the print media and even television fading from power, then the ideal medium for information would be the Internet itself. Information on who visits what sites, details of the name, age, gender and address of each visitor is stored by the great Internet servers.

WPP, for example, boasted that it had profiled 500 million people in their data base, including hundreds of millions of addresses.


Merry Christmas to all celebrants

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To The Editor:
I am writing to address a growing trend in America, to which Margaretville Central School is no exception. I call that trend “The second killing of Christ.”

Margaretville Central School recently decorated the main lobby for the holidays. The decorations consist of: garland, a decorated tree with lighted presents under it, a “Happy Holidays” banner, a menorah, a Hannukah tinsel fountain and two happy Hannukah banners. Nowhere does it say Merry Christmas.


Many thanks to tree trimmers

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To The Editor:
Although there are too many to name individually, I would like to take a moment to thank each and everyone of those individuals and businesses who donated and contributed funds to the “Trim A Tree Project” for the families of Blenheim and Prattsville. The outpouring of love was truly amazing, and taught me an important lesson in the true meaning of Christmas love.


Smart policies were helpful

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To The Editor:
I applaud the jobs plan put forward by Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders. The $50 million grant program for communities devastated by this year’s storms will be a tremendous help to villages like Margaretville as we recover from the flooding.

This plan shows what government should be doing: coming together to put in place smart policies that will benefit the people of the state.

I thank the governor for his leadership in helping our community rebuild.

Mayor William Stanton,
Village of Margaretville


Pheasant hunting not fair chase

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To The Editor:
How does a person attack another person’s intelligence when they know nothing about them? I am referring to Harry Feineis’ response to Robin William’s recent letter to the editor regarding stocked pheasant hunting. Feineis stated Williams was “an anti, ill informed person” and that the letter had “no substance or facts, only emotionalism.”


Good and bad side of hunting

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To The Editor:
I read with interest both letters to the editor over the past two weeks addressing the hunting of pheasants.

I work with Robin Williams and she is a very intelligent and caring person, and yes she can be very passionate and zealous in her beliefs, which works both as her asset and detriment.  I am a hunter and she is a vegan so I cannot say that we share much in common concerning diet or the rights or wrongs of hunting.


Letter doesn't make sense

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To The Editor:
Mr. Feineis’ letter, in last week’s paper, which criticizes Robin Williams doesn’t make sense.  For one thing, he says that she is “out of touch with nature.” 
Ms. Williams is known to me as someone who is keenly appreciative of nature and its array of life forms.  She is also in touch with the advances of modern science and promotes a wholesome vegan diet. 

Current research shows that eating a vegetarian or vegan diet promotes the health of all people including the recipients of feeding the hungry programs, families and individuals.


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