Mailbag

July 29, 2009: Compensation is not so good

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To The Editor:
I was concerned after reading your recent article in the 7/1/09 issue regarding the Village of Fleischmanns “new Town Hall.”
Reading Gabrielle Kirsh’s letter to the editor in the 7/15/09 issue was additionally disturbing because the Stefanis family has also yet to receive “just compensation” for the village’s condemnation of our property.


July 22, 2009: Tea party seen as wakeup call

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To The Editor:
I would like to thank those who were part of the tremendous Tea Party/Patriotic turnout last Thursday. All expressed their deep concerns of the wrong direction Washington is taking us.


July 22, 2009: Shandaken art tour was a hit

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To The Editor:
A partial tally of the 34 participating artists in the Shandaken Art Studio Tour came up with these facts: over $6,000 in total art sales, an average of 30 to 40 visitors at each studio, and a big spike in activity in local businesses.


July 22, 2009: Priest innocent until proven guilty

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To The Editor:
I’m writing in response to the coverage of the allegations against Father James McDevitt. Let’s remember they are only that – allegations.


July 22, 2009: Shandaken issues important matters

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To The Editor:
There are two long running and seemingly unsolvable issues in Shandaken: one being the lack of cellular service and the other the deteriorating state of Route 28. Our district members of Congress and the State Assembly have been contacted, as well as department heads at the Department of Transportation, with letters and by phone with pleas for help.


July 15, 2009: Accounting needed from Village

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To The Editor:
 I read with interest your article about the Fleischmanns Village Hall in the July 1 issue, since the property was taken from me in a condemnation proceeding back in February 2006.


July 15, 2009: Restore trust in our community

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To The Editor:
During gallery hours, with a glimpse of sun and a moment away from paperwork, you’ll find me parked out front, on one of my gallery benches, sipping iced tea and talking on the phone, but primarily soaking up the sun. When a customer turns up the walk, I follow him or her inside, most often leaving my tea and phone behind.


July 15, 2009: Constable not obeying village rules

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To The Editor:
It appears to me that the current Margaretville Village Constable does not have to obey the signs that are posted on the village streets.


July 8, 2009: Many thanks for community support

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To The Editor:
I recently returned home to Hobart from eight months in Zimbabwe where I work with orphans and their caregivers. These are difficult times for most Americans, but in spite of these times my neighbors here continue to amaze me with their generosity and caring.


July 1, 2009: Law applies to some, but not all

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To The Editor:
When is a restaurant not a restaurant? When Don Hogan decides to add a restaurant to his convenience store and gas station in the Hamlet of Andes.
At its June meeting, six of the seven members of the Andes Town Planning Board decided that the addition of a sit-down, table service restaurant with wait staff was not “sufficiently different from the existing convenience store business. Therefore, no special permit or review of this change in use would be required. Since when are “convenience store” and “restaurant” synonymous?


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