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We're in trouble with gas drilling

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To The Editor:
I have come to admire and respect many individuals who were born and raised in Andes. Unlike them, I first began coming to this special place about 20 years ago. Here, the air is clean, and the water is pure. Unlike the residents of New York City who get their water from the Catskills, I have lived on Long Island where our water supply comes from deep aquifers within the earth.


Step on gardening project

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To The Editor:
I would like to report a death, to the Village of Margaretville, whose claim it is to beautify our quaint and popular hamlet. Once again it is just talk and a big lie. I was visited the other day by our Mayor Bill Stanton. Though Mayor Stanton and the board claim to want to do the small projects to help create a small paradise in the mountains, once again they have allowed the voice of the minority or the one, to destroy our community garden on Swart and Walnut street.


'Economics of Happiness' is Saturday program focus

Pine Hill — “The Economics of Happiness” is a new documentary about a growing trend of communities coming together to re-build human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

On Saturday, May 21, there will be a screening of this timely documentary at the Pine Hill Community Center at 2 p.m. Following the documentary, the community center will host a campfire and chili dinner. All are welcome. There is an $8 suggested donation.


Every dollar helps a scholar

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To The Editor:
Budget cuts affect everyone, but the worst thing is to deprive our children of getting an education simply because they are unable to meet the rising college costs.

Dollars for Scholars hopes to raise enough money to help all of our graduates with their financial needs that plan to further their education.

MCS Dollars for Scholars has applied and received a matching grant from the O’Connor Foundation for the graduates of Margaretville Central School’s Class of 2011.


Dr. Abrahao truly stood out

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To The Editor: 
I’m sure all his patients, as well as myself, were shocked to hear of Dr. Abrahao’s retirement.  We all wish him the best for many productive years ahead.

When I retired here a few years back, having lived and worked in Albany, New York City, South America and Europe, I felt as if I had come home. One reason was that this exceptional, brilliant surgeon was working here.

When I went to him, Dr. A. did a procedure with such skill and mastery that even the most highly touted gastroenterologist in the city could not match the success.


Hydrofracking issues can't be solved

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To The Editor:
This letter is in response to the hydrofracking and the supervisors. First, I’d like to thank Supervisor Fairbairn and Supervisor Capauya for having the guts to stand up and not follow the flow on this issue. I find it extremely ironic that the supervisors picked the one well that caused one of the largest spills yet with impacts that are not yet known and won’t be for some time. I also find it hard to believe that anyone with half a brain would think that the gas company would show them anything but their best.


Teachers help kids to achieve

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To The Editor:
In reply to E.O. England’s second letter to the Catskill Mountain News:
Teachers do not try to change all students into Einsteins, Beethovens or Shakespeares, but do try to help each student to become all she (he) is capable of being.
Teachers also try to help students appreciate and respect their own uniqueness and humanity, and the uniqueness and humanity of others.

Carol Lawrence,
Grand Gorge


Humans not welcome here

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To The Editor:
In response to Robert Kalb’s letter, “Bears are not welcome around here.”

I’m writing from a bear’s point of view! We have lived and hunted in the Catskills long before the very first house was built. Now our habitat is in danger; finding food to survive isn’t any fun. How would you like eating garbage and being put down because of human ignorance and selfishness toward your four legged?


It's the adults who have lost patience

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To The Editor:
I read last issue’s letters regarding education with interest, mainly because they did not revolve around the usual corporate inspired teacher /union bashing.


Feet planted firmly in the air

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To The Editor:
Responding to Carol Lawrence’s letter in last week’s Catskill Mountain News, I wish to applaud her 27 years teaching in the public schools while trying to change a pottage of dregs, cretins and slack-jawed Neanderthal slugs into Einsteins, Beethovens and Shakespeares.


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