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September 17, 2008: Time for change at the voting booth

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To The Editor:
To listen to many Republicans, you would think they want John McCain to die. They seem to want Sarah Palin for president. Adding Palin to the ticket was a clever distraction, pandering to the far right with her extremist views.
But this election really is about a choice between Obama and McCain.


September 17, 2008: Resort facts need to be untangled

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To The Editor:
 Three recent writers took issue with our newsletter detailing jobs to be created by the Belleayre Resort.  Their responses were a bit twisted and should be untangled again. 
First, one writer said we should “apply some logic to the issues on the table.”  She went on to assert that we’d have to “send our kids for expensive hospitality degrees from places like the Rochester Institute of Technology so they’ll be ready when the resort finally opens.”   But we noted that two vocational high school programs already teach the skills people will need and SUNY Delhi offers more than a dozen two- and four-year degree programs in every hospitality discipline related to food, golfing or recreation.  So the logic tells us that if anyone around here wants a job at a resort – ours or anyone else’s – it’s easy to get qualified.


September 10, 2008: Is Crossroads resort worth the risk?

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To The Editor:
Earlier in the summer Partners for Progress sent out an insulting flyer showing photographs that they said represented our neighborhoods with falling down houses and dump-like properties. I felt like they were saying that we live like slobs. I do not feel that that is an honest representation of me or my neighbors or surrounding communities and I felt badly when I saw it.


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.


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