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Everyone needs to pay fair share

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Unfair assessment questioned

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When I received my new tax assessments I was shocked at the estimated market value for my vacant properties. I’ve felt (for years) that the tax assessments were unfairly high, especially considering the fact that I live in one of the poorest counties in New York State and receive very little in services other than road maintenance.


Magic bullet proposed for area

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What is best for Belleayre?
The question should be: what is best for the Central Catskills and the State of New York?
Belleayre is the winter economic engine for the region, but at best, it is an underpowered sputtering four-cylinder motor. It provides jobs, mostly seasonal, and on winter weekends helps the existing lodging and restaurant businesses that are on the way to the mountain from New York City, but contributes considerably less during the week and to communities north and west of the mountain.


Days of kicking away debt are over

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The timing of Ms. Sheehan’s letter to the editor last week regarding Rep. Chris Gibson was simply amazing.

On Wednesday, June 8, CNBC’s Jim Rodgers announced that the United States had become the “largest debtor nation in the history of the world!” Earlier, on May 14, the Social Security and Medicare trustees report showed that the Social Security Trust Find will be exhausted in 2036, the Social Security Disability Insurance Fund exhausted in 2018 and the Medicare Trust Fund in 2024.


Act thoughtfully on drilling issue

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A majority of Delaware County Supervisors have stated that they are in favor of fracking for natural gas. In the Catskill Mountain News’ local area, these include the supervisors of Middletown, Andes, Bovina and Roxbury.

The supervisors might change their position if they became more informed. They would then be able to see the consequences, perhaps unintended, of fracking on local land, property and home prices.


Unconvinced on ORDA plan

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I don’t want to dignify Joan and Larry Bauer’s crazy attack on me with a response but I also can’t let their accusations go unanswered. 


Government is not a game

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I am replying to Miss Sheehan’s letter, “Gibson plays the debt game.” I’m not sure if she is aware of the economic trouble this country is in. There is not a game being played by Congressman Chris Gibson, the Republicans, or the Conservative Democrats. They are dead serious about not raising the debt ceiling without serious spending cuts. Something unheard of with the tax and spend liberal, progressive Democrats.


Public concern over hydrofracking

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I believe that your readers would like to know about the following letter; which was sent to Dr. Hasbrouck, director of the Ulster County Health Department.
 
“We are writing you as members of Walk about Water, a women’s grassroots action campaign seeking to raise awareness of the threats posed to our county by fossil fuel extraction. As mothers and grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters concerned about the health and well being of our families, we have much in common with the mission of the Ulster County Health Department.


Support marriage equality for all

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The State Senate holds the key to the passage of marriage equality in New York. This letter asks all members of our community to contact Senator Bonacic. Please let him know that we support equality for all New Yorkers and to urge him to support the bill that will be passed by the Assembly.


Special praise for local group

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While I was watching Shandaken’s public access tv channel I noticed that SHARP (Shandaken area revitalization plan) had acquired funding from the New York State RESTORE program. SHARP is located on Main Street in Phoenicia. It was a brutal winter and my roof was leaking, so I went to SHARP to inquire. They repaired my roof using the RESTORE grant money. Needless to say I was appreciative of what SHARP had done for me.


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