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June 17, 2009: No girls allowed on baseball diamond

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To The Editor:
We showed up for practice/try-outs and my two daughters were told immediately that the game was dangerous and that while standing in the batter’s box that they could get hit by that hard ball. One of my girls said, “That’s O.K., I’ve been hit by hard things before.” I added that whether male or female, one could get hit by the ball. I don’t see what gender has to do with it. I insisted that my two daughters, one 12 and the other about to be 11, get out there and warm up for the try outs. I even joked, “Someone has to sit on the bench…” I was touched to see that one of the coaches took an interest in teaching my youngest how to throw.


June 17, 2009: Questionable reporting on board story

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To The Editor:
In last week’s News, Jay Braman “reported” on a meeting he didn’t attend. His report is nearly word for word, the same report printed by Brian Powers in the Phoenicia Times, after Mr. Powers did attend the meeting.


June 10, 2009: Belleayre gratitude is important

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To The Editor:
The Catskill Heritage Alliance is trying to stop a private resort by unfairly attacking a public facility. Their recent letters try to block stimulus money for Belleayre Mt. Ski Center expansion. These supposedly “concerned citizens,” have lost sight of our region’s desperate economic plight. We resent the attack on the ski center, our most viable economic and community resource.


June 10, 2009: Bridge project is worthy of praise

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To The Editor:
I am one among those Halcottsville residents who were critical of the administrative and planning process which preceded the rebuilding of the Halcottsville bridge.
Although the planning might have been more public, consultative and considerate of those directly involved, and the criticism better informed and more temperate (mine included), the results, a new bridge completed in a remarkable five weeks, are worthy of praise and stand as testimony to the diligence and skill of the construction team.


June 10, 2009: Good drilling agreement necessary

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To The Editor:
The Otsego County Conservation Association commends the Otsego County Board of Representatives for the resolution passed at its June 3 meeting concerning the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s final scope for a draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on oil, gas and solution mining in the Marcellus shale.


June 10, 2009: Reservoir recreation a positive step

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To The Editor:
On May 31 two Catskill Mountain Club directors, Ann Roberti and I, along with three others enjoyed an exhilarating kayak paddle on the recently-opened waters of the Cannonsville Reservoir. This was kind of a test run for the group to see how the required steam cleansing of our watercraft would go and to check out a launch site facility. We must report that the cleaning process went very well.


June 3, 2009: Parade photos were wonderful

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To The Editor:
There were many lovely pictures taken at last Monday’s Memorial Day Parades. The ones that impressed me the most, were on the front page of your paper. A very moving picture of four gentlemen, standing with heads bowed, with uniform hats in hand over their heart, giving glory and honor to God and to our great country.


June 3, 2009: Coming full circle in Hardenburgh

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To The Editor:
On April 15, 1859, 53,646 acres were taken from the towns of Shandaken and Denning to form the Town of Hardenbergh in Ulster County. This 82nd Session Laws of New York State also included the order to conduct the first town meeting by May 31. This was done on that date. Our current spelling of Hardenburgh was made official by the adoption of Resolution #23 on June 6, 1984.


June 3, 2009: Still no AIDS cure; prevention is key

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To The Editor:
While HIV/AIDS is a less prominent issue in our local newspapers, we should not operate under the illusion that living with HIV or AIDS is less onerous than ever. Moreover, the epidemic is spreading in the United States faster than predicted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate of 56,000 new infections for 2006 is much higher than the previous estimates of 40,000.


June 3, 2009: Garbage issue should be corrected

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To The Editor:
In regards to the Middletown Transfer Station, what garbage can you throw out? It is totally ridiculous that you cannot get rid of trash in Middletown.
There is an extensive list of items which are not accepted, and if you should have one item on that list, for example a television, you must drive 50 plus miles and pay a fee to dump it.


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