Mailbag

Natural gas drilling is foolishness

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To the Editor:
A Native American proverb: “Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can’t eat money.”
From The Daily Star editorial 3/12/2011: “We appreciate the efforts of the DEC to tackle this problem [Gas Drilling], and to attempt to craft regulations that will protect New Yorkers. But nothing the agency will say can change the fact that the gas industry has shown it has no idea how to conduct horizontal drilling without contaminating our aquifers and drinking water and polluting our air.”


We need nuclear power in America

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To The Editor:
 With the recent events that have taken place in Japan, earthquake, tsunami and an accident at Japan’s three nuclear power plants, the world is taking another look at the safety of nuclear energy. I welcome that, providing it’s based on facts, not fear.  Let’s not do what we did with Three Mile Island. Let’s not stop building nuclear power plants because someone thinks they are not safe.

Let’s learn from Japan the way we did from Three Mile Island and build a better nuclear plant.


School policies a complicated mix

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To The Editor:
 My first few weeks at the Onteora Central School District have been very full with meeting everyone at the different schools, dealing with the day to day running of the district, preparing the budget during a difficult financial time, and, of course, the snow days and delays.

Please know that it is never an easy decision to open on time, delay or close when the weather is bad. Safety is the only reason to keep the school buses off the road.  However, as a result of this challenging winter season, we have lost four days of spring break, April 18 through April 21.


Becoming perishable commodities

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To The Editor:
It is difficult for people far away from America to evaluate a new phenomenon like the Tea Party movement in our country. It seems, on the face of it, to be a good idea but the lack of “punch” in its main message, the vagueness of its policies, the avoidance of the most urgent concerns confronting America (such as the tidal wave of immigration) and the apparent lack of ringing charisma in its leadership — these give pause for doubt but perhaps it is still the early days.


Clear choice for village mayor

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To The Editor:
It was great to see the Fleischmanns Mayoral race above the fold in last week’s paper. As a trustee on the village board for the last two years serving with both Fred Woller and Mayor Dave Morell, and as someone who is also up for re-election I wanted to share my perspective on this contest.


Embrace growth for the village

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To The Editor:
Weighing the issues in the Fleischmanns Mayoral Race.


A lot of angry young people around

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To The Editor:       
The media recently reported that public education today is failing our children at every grade level. Test scores are low, and with each passing year sink lower, right here in a country that used to have the best education system in the world.


Mayor Morrell has shown leadership

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To The Editor: 
As a local business owner and appointed member of the Fleischmanns Board of Trustees who is now up for election, I would like to weigh in on the mayoral race. 


Dream Big for Fleischmanns future

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To The Editor:
I believe that the upcoming election in Fleischmanns is extremely important and I wanted to share with you, the voting public, some of what I have grown to know and respect about Dave Morell over the course of our 25-year friendship.


Facts don't agree with his world view

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To The Editor:
Doug Cronk’s letter to the editor responds to my earlier missive with a battery of comments ranging from the ludicrous to the insane.  


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