Mailbag

Dec. 16, 2009: Community support is heartwarming

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To The Editor:
On a recent afternoon in front of the Margaretville Freshtown Market, I had the pleasure of serving as a Salvation Army volunteer bell ringer. I had assumed that with the current state of our government, the economy, and what we see daily in the media, there would be limited giving.


Dec. 9, 2009: Candidate wanted to take a stand

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To The Editor:
Last week, the New York State Senate finally debated and voted on the marriage equality bill. Senator Bonacic ignored this community and voted to defeat this bill. Many of us have spoken to his staff throughout the spring and summer asking him to stand up for the values of our country—freedom and equality for all—and support this bill. He tried to avoid taking a stand, and when finally forced to vote, he took the politically safe path.


Dec. 9, 2009: Heart of the Catskills needs support

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To the Editor:
The holidays are a time for joy and giving; unless you are one of those people who are finding that they can no longer afford to feed or care for their pets; pets who have been members of their families, often for years.


Dec. 9, 2009: Dr. J is important community asset

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To The Editor:
It has come to my attention that Margaretville Hospital and our community may be on the verge of losing a very important asset, Dr. J. Ravinnaurath. I cannot overstate the contribution or commitment Dr. J and his family have made to our community and the well-being of its residents. They have made this area their home for over six years and have offered their talents not only to MMH but also to our school.


Dec. 9, 2009: Sorry state of affairs in this country

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To The Editor:
What a sorry state of affairs this country is in. We are close to bankruptcy and we owe China more than we have and they can pull the plug anytime they want to. Every time you pick up a newspaper, it tells us of more taxes. Taxes are being raised by the state, the county, the town and the village. School tax went up. It truly is a scam about school taxes. Including the state’s help, the education of one child costs the same amount as what President Obama pays for his daughters at a fancy private school in Washington, D.C.


Dec. 9, 2009: Many reasons why we still hunt

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To The Editor:
I heard about a conversation that took place between a Mohonk Preserve employee and a visitor the other day. The Mohonk Preserve is the largest privately owned preserve in New York State located in the Shawangunk Ridge area of Ulster County. The visitor had commented that he did not know that hunting was allowed on the property and asked, “How long has hunting been allowed on the preserve property?” The employee calmly answered, “Oh about 10,000 years ago or so.”


Dec. 2, 2009: Cause for concern in Bovina politics

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To The Editor:
Is it cause for celebration, or concern, when a town board disregards its own adopted Comprehensive Plan by siting a 6,000-square-foot highway garage on a half-acre site, in a residential Main Street neighborhood, in a flood plain?


Nov. 25, 2009: Forests' value can't be overestimated

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To The Editor:
Many of my friends feel that open land and forests that are ‘undeveloped’ are in effect going to waste. This premise is very misguided and is in reality totally untrue. The reality is that forests and open space are crucial to the survival of man and all other species on the face of the earth.


Nov. 25, 2009: Companies great at public relations

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To The Editor:
Anyone who read “Chesapeake Energy won’t drill for gas in NYC watershed” (11/4 to 11/10), ought to be concerned about what was not said in this informative article. According to Chesapeake’s spokesperson, the company’s response to environmental pressures against drilling was a “business decision.” Chesapeake’s comment was transparent and admirable. Did you think this was the end of it?


Nov. 25, 2009: Health care reform is beneficial

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To The Editor:
Health benefits are “welfare benefit plans” under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. Unlike pension benefits, welfare benefit plans can be reduced or terminated prospectively by an employer. There is no vesting.


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