Mailbag

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.


Increasing use of ethanol is a hoax

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To The Editor:
Ethanol — Just one more hoax on the American people. It takes more than a gallon of fossil fuel to produce the equivalent amount of ethanol. We have been duped. Again! Farmers need fuel in their tractors to till the soil, plant the corn, fertilize, harvest the corn, and finally, transport it to the processing plant. Once there it takes fuel to turn the corn into alcohol and then transport it to the oil refineries that mix it with our gasoline.


Questions 'facts' offered by writer

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To The Editor:
Responding to E.O. England’s letter in last week’s Catskill Mountain News, I am glad he is interested in improving our public education system. I’m wondering where he got his information.
I spent 27 years teaching in the public schools, and never, ever encountered any students who, in his words, could be considered, “a pottage of dregs, cretins or slack-jawed Neanderthal slugs.”
While he’s “pulling weeds” in his metaphorical garden, teachers will continue cultivating the strengths and interests of their students.

Carol Lawrence,
Grand Gorge


Wasted resources by town

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To The Editor:
On my way to town today I passed the highway department mowing on Margaretville Mountain Road.  I can’t imagine how much brush has grown during the winter, and considering the fact that the roads were still being mowed during December (after snow had fallen) there certainly is nothing to mow. 


Bears are not welcome here

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To The Editor:
In your April 10 paper you printed an article about what a homeowner should do because of an infestation of bears in the Catskills. Until maybe 10 years ago we had no problems with bears here until the DEC decided to trap nuisance bears elsewhere and transport them to our area. The Kingston Freeman ran an article titled “Errant Westchester bear finds home in Catskills.” The article states that this bear will be in an area with good habitat and lots of food, all of it at our expense.


Johnny can't read anymore

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To the Editor:
Educational standards have fallen so low because society wants every student to pass. The cold reality is that high standards necessitate high failure rates. No gadget, no filmstrip, no computer software will alter the fact that your IQ is what ever was issued at birth. The sad truth is that many of our best teachers have lost their jobs simply because they insisted upon maintaining high standards.


Common sense approach needed

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To The Editor:
The well-written letter by Kurt Holcherr in last week’s paper discussed a perceived concept that members of the Tea Party are “Extreme” and he details the direction of the group’s political agenda. Perhaps the name should be “Tea Party Common Sense” as its philosophy.

“Common Sense” was a historic pamphlet written by Thomas Paine during the American Revolution that was the inspiration for the Patriots to fight against the Crown with its repressive taxation and loss of freedoms.


Supervisors need to rethink fracking

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To The Editor:
Two points to Messrs. Utter and Hynes concerning their zeal for property rights:

One, your protection of such rights is laudable, but whose property is it? A gas company may place the drill on your property, but the horizontal hydrofracking goes under my property. How far down do your rights and mine go? If the drilling that starts out under your property undermines the bedrock under mine, who is responsible when my house drops into a sinkhole? Well, if you chop down a tree on your property and a branch falls on my house, you are liable.


Where are drug trafficking arrests?

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To The Editor:
The Area Police News in the March 30-April 5 Catskill Mountain News included an arrest of a South Kortright Central School student for marijuana possession.

So where did the student get this bag of marijuana? Do we simply arrest a student and ignore the drug dealer that sold it in the first place?

I for one would like to finally see an arrest of a drug trafficker appear in The Area Police News. To date, I don’t recall ever seeing such an entry.


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