Mailbag

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. 14, 2009: Cost of needed treatments is great

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To The Editor:
As you may already know, we’ve reached out for your support for our son, Dylan Utter, and were extremely grateful for the outcome! Dylan is four years old and suffers from the Number One genetic disease that kills children, Spinal Muscular Atrophy.


Oct. 14, 2009: It finally happened -- history repeats

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To The Editor:
It has finally happened.  A local person comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany.  If you really want to see the seeds of Nazi Germany in our country, look at Sarah Palin railing against the intelligentsia of this country as the root of all evil.


Oct. 14, 2009: Ban gas drilling in New York State

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To The Editor:
Ken Baer, former chair of the Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter, made these remarks at an anti-drilling rally on the steps of New York’s City Hall in July. With gas drilling in the Catskills a hot front-burner issue, I thought your readers might find his remarks of interest.


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.


Oct. 14, 2009: Learn from mistakes of the past

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To The Editor:
The Onteora Teachers’ Association (OTA) is to vote on a possible job action on Tuesday to go on strike in an effort to bring to a close the contract negotiation which has dragged on since June of 2008. In my opinion to initiate a job action at this time will only further divide our community. Let us all stay focused on the present situation and the impact of our decisions from this point forward.


Oct. 14, 2009: Who sets the price for gasoline?

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To The Editor:
It has bothered me for a long time, and never more so than lately with times being hard.
Every time I take a ride into Kingston I notice that the Hess Station on Route 28 before you get to the traffic circle charges anywhere from 15 to 20 cents a gallon less for regular gas than the price at our local Margaretville station.


Sept. 30, 2009: Chemical spill is a wakeup call

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To The Editor:
No sooner had I noticed a bold quote bearing my name on the front page (CMN 9/16-22) of Matthew Perry’s coverage of the Andes Public Library’s informational talk on gas drilling than a huge chemical spill by Cabot Oil and Gas occurred near Dimock, Pennsylvania. Halliburton fracking chemicals, more than 6,000 gallons known to pose a health risk, spread into the area’s surface water system.


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