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August 19, 2009: Going to D.C. to protest funding

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To The Editor:
All right, now I am smokin’ mad! Why on earth is Paterson doling out $175 million in federal stimulus and other funds to welfare and food stamp recipients to meet their children’s “back to school” needs? He is giving every one of their children between 3-17 (whether they attend school or not) $200. What about the people who contribute to society?


August 19, 2009: Thank you, Sindy, for your hard work

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To The Editor:
I picked up my first tennis racket at about the age of 14. Living in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, I hit the ball against my schoolyard wall, then got a permit to use the decaying city courts under the George Washington Bridge. Hot or cold, sunny or drizzly, I played.


August 19, 2009: Health care is our problem

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To The Editor:
I’m writing about health care. I don’t want the angry mobs to steal this debate. We moved here from the UK, a country where I had fabulous care, even had two house calls from two different doctors, during our seven years there. (Can anyone remember their last house call? Perhaps here it’s more recent than most but in most parts of the U.S. that service was over in the 50s.)


August 12, 2009: Support of fire department appreciated

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To The Editor:
On behalf of the Big Indian-Oliverea Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary, I would like to extend our grateful thanks for the great support and generosity of all our friends and neighbors and everyone who came to our 48th Annual Chicken and Ribs barbecue at the Big Indian Firehouse this year, and years past!


August 12, 2009: Proud of derailing business projects

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To The Editor:
Having succeeded in derailing a much needed project that would produce economic, artistic and entertainment benefits for the community, David Budin, neighbor to the Galli-Curci Theatre building, will be a sure thing to be named Man of the Year by the Save the Mountain crowd, empty store specialists.


August 12, 2009: We cannot fool mother nature

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To The Editor:
The global warming fanatics may or may not be right about their dire predictions but humanity has a greater problem than that. The rise in population, with its enormous consumption, will soon exceed the planet’s ability to support this massive human population. We are outgrowing our natural resources from deforestation to collapsing fisheries, desertification, the global spread of chemical toxins, ocean dead zones, and the death of coral reefs.


August 5, 2009: Trash is a problem

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To The Editor:
“The Watershed Advocate,” the newsletter of the Catskill Watershed Corp., in its Summer 2009 edition had a front page article about the opening of the Cannonsville Reservoir for recreational boating. This was a positive article about a great step forward by NYCDEP. I do want to comment on a specific point in the article, “there have been no enforcement problems thus far, and only a small amount of trash has been generated.”


August 5, 2009: Coverage of priest story tops it

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To The Editor:
I don’t like to take up the pen and write anymore these days at my age; I can’t change the world, the corruption, our corrupt government and so on, but I have to say what is in my heart and on my mind this time. The letter of the so-called Bishop really tops it. We are a people of faith, of a strong faith. I do not have faith in the Justice System. I have not seen very much to have that kind of faith.


August 5, 2009: Suspect will have his day in court

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To The Editor:
This letter is in response to a letter printed from Vicky O’Connell in Delhi:
You are right Ms. O’Connell, this is America. A person is innocent until proven guilty. Care has to be given when a person is accused of a certain crime.


July 29, 2009: Only one willing to take a stand

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To The Editor:
After reading the article about the Middletown Town Planning Board appointment process, the only word I can come up with is disgusting.
To find out that a sitting member of the board went to the trouble of taking pictures of the rear end of my car and the sign on my front lawn which show that I am a “Save The Mountain” supporter which has absolutely no bearing on my ability to do the job or not, is not only unconscionable but discriminatory to say the least.


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