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September 10, 2008: Ask questions about Shandaken budget

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To The Editor:
It’s budget time again in Shandaken. I see on the town’s website that the town supervisor would like the taxpayers to take an interest in the process and help to find ways to reduce and save.  I have a suggestion. Stop unbridled spending, examine priorities, understand your revenues, and budget accordingly.


September 10, 2008: Over-the-top wage picture presented

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To The Editor:
In addition to being offensive to weekenders, who have as much stake in the area’s economy as anyone and who pay half the taxes as well, the jobs and salaries listed in Crossroads Ventures latest bulk mailing should be captioned, “for comparison purposes only.” 
Crossroads would likely sell their coveted permit package to the highest bidder, take the money and go.  The resort operator would pay as low wages with as few benefits as the job market would bear.  Granted a large new resort hotel near the base of Belleayre could employ lots of local residents.


September 10, 2008: Candidate thinks outside the box

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To The Editor:
It certainly was a breath of fresh air in our country to see on television last Wednesday evening a family that has lived out and continues to live out publicly the principles of working and hanging together through “thick and thin.”


September 10, 2008: Chamber name change passed by default

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To The Editor:
I had a visit today from the President of The Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce. He came to confront me on my feelings about the proposed name change of the chamber and also to point out that name was not important, and that erasing Margaretville from the name was, in his mind, a plus.


September 10, 2008: Wake-up call over gas drilling issue

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To The Editor:
I recently attended an informational meeting about gas drilling in New York State, particularly in the watershed areas in and around Delaware County. The information presented should give everyone, especially those who have signed leases or are seriously considering signing, a major wake-up call.


September 10, 2008: Bad behavior from bar patrons should not be tolerated

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To The Editor:
As the owner of two new businesses on Main Street in Margaretville, I would like to express my appreciation for the vigilant presence of Constable Harry Fox.
My husband operates a guitar shop and I have a health counseling practice and natural food store in adjacent space. We are not newcomers to the community, having owned a home and paid taxes in Margaretville for more than 30 years.


September 3, 2008: Needed repairs for Fleischmanns

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To The Editor:
I want to take the opportunity to respond to a recent letter to the editor regarding the Village of Fleischmanns water system. The village board has embarked upon a $3 million improvement project and we want to make sure that our residents are aware of the actual facts regarding this much needed project.


September 3, 2008: Logic is needed in resort issue

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To The Editor:
Let’s apply some logic to the issues on the table. A leaflet put out to garner public support for the Belleayre Resort project claims it will generate 90 jobs, paying an average salary of $56,463. Sounds good, but to create that average, the proposal balances top management salaries of $80-$130,000 against a bunch of $30-$40,000 salaries allocated to secretaries, assistant office managers, executive housekeepers, etc.


August 27, 2008: Time to get Internet up to speed

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To The Editor:
For those of us in rural areas stuck with dial-up internet access because there is no cable, and satellite is too expensive, there is good news. Part of Elliott Spitzer’s campaign platform was a promise to bring high speed Universal Broadband internet access to the rural areas of the state. Before Spitzer’s ignominious departure he did take a step towards that promise by initiating the New York State Council for Universal Broadband (www.cio.state.ny.us/oft/UniversalBroadband/Overview.htm).


August 27, 2008: Forward thinking is beneficial

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To The Editor:
The Middletown history community should be congratulated for making the Catskill Mountain News available on-line. This is a treasure for those interested in local history and genealogy. In the past I have spent hours in the News office going through the papers that were made available to the public, but that was “drudgery” compared to the ability to type in a name or event and be brought to all of the instances of that name or word.


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