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Support marriage equality for all

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To The Editor:
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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To The Editor:
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.


Management change long overdue

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To the Editor:
 Once again the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) wants to put Belleayre’s future on the slow.  And Matt Frisch, an “interested observer” of our area is “baffled” and “confuses” moving operation of Belleayre to the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) with “handing our public ski area over to private interests.”   Mr. Frisch knows ORDA is not a private interest, it is a public authority.


Not the time to turn over ski center

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To The Editor:
As an interested observer of the situation at Belleayre, I am baffled by the initiative undertaken by the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) to search for new private administration for the publicly owned and operated ski center.  What standing does the CWC have for taking this initiative? 


Please support the Tour de Cure

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To The Editor:
Diabetes is a major health problem in America and is reaching epidemic levels. The 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet reports that 25.8 million children and adults in America, 8.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. Undiagnosed and prediabetes estimates in the report were a staggering 79 million Americans. More Americans die from diabetes every year than die from breast cancer and AIDS combined.


Here's the Scoop: June 1, 2011

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Plastic Boys of Summer
Imagine my surprise and delight last week when I opened my Home Page and saw in front of me this breaking-news headline: “Wiffle Ball: The Rise of the Backyard Classic.”

I could spend a lot time asking, “What took this so long to happen?” But, really, I’m just happy that Wiffle Ball is on the rise. Or the curve. And the knuckleball.


Won't miss MCS board member

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To The Editor:
Congratulations to Olivia Todd, Caitlin Kohn and Erin Filupeit for their achievements as posted in last week’s Catskill Mountain News.


Drawing attention to problems

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To The Editor:
Wednesday evening, May 18, the Margaretville Central School Board of Education accepted my resignation. After serving just two years of my five-year term, I resigned. Some might say quit, but I prefer to say I resigned.

In this case, there is a huge difference. To me, quitting means to give up and just walk away. I resigned because the problems at MCS are so great that I felt I could be more effective as an outsider.


Immigraton and racism

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To The Editor:


What's fair to property owners?

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To The Editor:
Just a note on hamlet extension. There has been much written in local newspapers by journalists concerning this issue, most of it reviews of what has taken place in various town meetings. Let me say first that my land and residence is in the Town of Andes and is not within any proposed extension area. As I understand it, the hamlets have the legal right to expand if that is the consensus of the local town board.


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