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Oct. 28, 2009: Treated poorly by police and press

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To The Editor:
In the October 21 issue of the Catskill Mountain News, you reported on the continuing saga of a friend of mine, Thomas Filupeit. I know you have to report on local news and events that affect local residents but, it seems he has been singled out. I personally know of several other residents that have run into trouble with the law outside Delaware County without press coverage.


Oct. 28, 2009: Keep your head in a hole in the ground

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To The Editor:
The recent letter from Ed Kirstein is a typical liberal “keep your head in the hole in the ground.” Why are liberals so afraid of Sarah Palin? Is it because she espouses democracy and will be a threat to the existing leftist political regime in power? We shall see!


Oct. 28, 2009: Tragic passing of a fine citizen

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To The Editor:
The passing of Malcolm Becker is tragic, not just for his family, but for everyone in our region.  He was a really special human being and gave much to this community.


Oct. 28, 2009: Mike, John deserve voters' support

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To The Editor:
Although the campaign has been low-key, there’s an important election taking place in the Town of Middletown next Tuesday. Residents will select two town board members among three candidates.


Oct. 21, 2009: She'll be back for next Oktoberfest

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To The Editor:
The weather turned out better than expected and we all had a great time at the Oktoberfest Saturday.  The food was delicious and the music was wonderful. The dance floor was always busy with dancers whirling to the music.  


Oct. 21, 2009: Village of Margaretville is doing well

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To The Editor:
Recently my organization, Writers in the Mountains, was invited to present a reading of works written in WIM’s journal classes. Our host was Catskill Crafts, and Jill Cline arranged for us to hold the reading in the open area upstairs in the Commons. We were to be one of the Arts in the Commons presentations.


Oct. 21, 2009: New York State's farmers need help

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To The Editor:
On October 13, I held a rally at Maple Dream Farm in the Town of Greene urging Governor Paterson to release $150 million in much-needed funding for New York’s struggling family dairy farmers.
The farmers I spoke with told me that they are being paid prices catastrophically below the price of production for milk. Many local dairy producers have been forced to max out loans, sell their cows and lay off valued workers in an attempt to keep their farms in business. Our family dairy farmers need immediate financial help to ensure that they can continue making a living and have a profitable business to pass along to their children.


Oct. 21, 2009: Why do we pay for poor service?

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To The Editor:
Why does 911 have so many problems? On Saturday, Oct. 10, a call came in for an automatic alarm on Dry Brook Road, so 911 toned out Arkville. When they couldn’t find anything they radioed 911 to confirm the address.


Oct. 21, 2009: Communication + Teamwork = Success

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To The Editor:
It is a great honor to have been chosen as a candidate for the important and challenging job of representing the people of Shandaken on the town board. I appreciate your efforts to be informed voters.


Oct. 14, 2009: Town of Shandaken is in dire straits

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To The Editor:
Peter DiSclafani thinks everything in Shandaken is great!  Of course he does. He’s pulling down a taxpayer-funded salary and benefit package well in excess of $30,000 a year for a part-time job while still running his restaurant as he did before he was supervisor.   For the rest of us, life in Shandaken isn’t so rosy.


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