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Dec. 9, 2009: Dr. J is important community asset

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To The Editor:
It has come to my attention that Margaretville Hospital and our community may be on the verge of losing a very important asset, Dr. J. Ravinnaurath. I cannot overstate the contribution or commitment Dr. J and his family have made to our community and the well-being of its residents. They have made this area their home for over six years and have offered their talents not only to MMH but also to our school.


Dec. 2, 2009: Cause for concern in Bovina politics

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To The Editor:
Is it cause for celebration, or concern, when a town board disregards its own adopted Comprehensive Plan by siting a 6,000-square-foot highway garage on a half-acre site, in a residential Main Street neighborhood, in a flood plain?


Nov. 25, 2009: Political correctness is fashionable

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To The Editor:
We, as a society, are wallowing in an ocean of Political Correctness. It has become fashionable with a few self rightist individuals but as it grows in status it becomes unwritten law within our society, with those who are declared as being not politically correct treated as ignorant and undesirable. PC is a declaration that particular ideas, expressions and behavior, which once was legal, are now frowned upon and those that do not embrace it are to be treated as vulgar bigots.


Nov. 25, 2009: Forests' value can't be overestimated

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To The Editor:
Many of my friends feel that open land and forests that are ‘undeveloped’ are in effect going to waste. This premise is very misguided and is in reality totally untrue. The reality is that forests and open space are crucial to the survival of man and all other species on the face of the earth.


Nov. 25, 2009: Companies great at public relations

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To The Editor:
Anyone who read “Chesapeake Energy won’t drill for gas in NYC watershed” (11/4 to 11/10), ought to be concerned about what was not said in this informative article. According to Chesapeake’s spokesperson, the company’s response to environmental pressures against drilling was a “business decision.” Chesapeake’s comment was transparent and admirable. Did you think this was the end of it?


Nov. 25, 2009: Health care reform is beneficial

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To The Editor:
Health benefits are “welfare benefit plans” under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA. Unlike pension benefits, welfare benefit plans can be reduced or terminated prospectively by an employer. There is no vesting.


Nov. 18, 2009: Test your water for chemicals

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To The Editor:
I have always been concerned about the number of cancer diagnosis in the area.  I know that cancer is high everywhere, but here it seems much higher per capita.


Nov. 11, 2009: Stop gas drilling before it's too late

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 To The Editor:
We all know “surgeons like to cut.” Well, geologists like to drill.
And in this case, shame on them. Shame on the DEC scientists, who know better, and shame on the selfish Cornell geologists who only see dollar signs. Greed is destroying our country and this issue is a perfect example of it.


Nov. 11, 2009: We are very lucky to have our hospital

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To The Editor:
I am writing to let readers of the Catskill Mountain News be aware of how lucky we are to have Margaretville Hospital in our community. I have been to the emergency room three times in the past two decades and each time I have been treated with good, appropriate and professional care.


Nov. 4, 2009: Human error

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To The Editor:
I’m writing in response to a letter submitted to the Catskill Mountain News by Randy VanKeuren.
With the wealth of knowledge that Mr. VanKeuren seems to have he must already realize that many items factor into the dispatch of a 911 emergency and errors can and do occur.


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