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June 9, 2010: Try a new path to find peace

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To The Editor:
The deadly confrontation between the Israeli military and activists bent on provocation off Gaza’s coast offers a critical opportunity for making change that just might improve the situation.


June 9, 2010: Shandaken farmstand fight is absurd

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To The Editor:
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry after reading the recent article about regulation of farm stands in Shandaken. Apparently, the busybodies are at it again. Farm stands are as American as apple pie.


June 2, 2010: Help us fix it

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To The Editor:
Our family has the private Avery-Woods cemetery in Dry Brook, which our family established in the 1860s. By Memorial Day it is always mowed and cleaned up. Someone put a sign on our fence that we found offensive.


June 2, 2010: Don't rush

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Editor’s note: The following letter was written to Town of Middletown Supervisor Leonard Utter and to John Sanford, chairman of the town’s planning board. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Sirs:
For decades, the Town of Middletown has been violating state law, which requires all zoning actions be based on a “well-considered” comprehensive plan to guide future development.


May 26, 2010: Good work through efforts of many

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To The Editor:
On Saturday, May 22, we had our first “Volunteer Work Day” at the Arkville cemetery. The day was devoted to filling the numerous large depressions to provide reasonable access to all the stones and monuments requiring repair and resetting.


May 26, 2010: Free speech is to be cherished

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To The Editor:
Ed Kirstein’s recent (May 5) tirades against the opinions of patriotic Americans exercising their democratic rights of free speech, reveals his attachment to the White and Blue rather than to the Red, White and Blue of our nation.


May 26, 2010: What's wrong with this picture?

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To The Editor:
What is wrong with the following headline “Life imprisonment for the kids, freedom for the priest?” Doesn’t sexual abuse of innocent children, and misdemeanor punishment define the word oxymoron?


May 19, 2010: Toxic town is not needed around here

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To The Editor:
CNN is doing a series now with Dr. Sanjay Gupta called “Toxic Towns,” which explores the declining health of Americans who reside in and around industrial centers.
The Catskill Mountain News recently reported that the Delaware County Board of Supervisors voted to support gas drilling in Delaware County.


May 12, 2010: "Mad as hell" about state of country

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To The Editor:
Since the end of World War II our presidents have been telling the American people, from their election platforms that, if elected, they would give top priority to balancing the federal budget. One of the great tragedies of life is the rape of a beautiful idea by a brutal gang of facts.


May 12, 2010: Close the gates to stop immigration

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To The Editor:
Kudos to the Arizona Governor and legislature for passing “the toughest law against illegal immigration in the country.” Would that other politicians, including ours in New York, show the same political courage and integrity.


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