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May 21, 2008: Bike danger, great hospital treatment

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To The Editor:
On Saturday we had a bike accident at the railway crossing on Route 30, and while we’re both in pain, we’re grateful to so many people in our community. The nurse practitioner who stopped to make sure David was okay, the man who ran in to call for an ambulance, the trooper who sped to the scene. And then the moment of comedy as he asked where was the car. (There was no car—the accident was caused by the rail tracks.)


May 21, 2008: Running amok in Fleischmanns

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To The Editor:
You thought Communism was all but dead, but it is alive and well here in Fleischmanns where the politburo (aka the village board) is pursuing some demented version of the collective good by trampling on individual rights.
Here is how the board, in its infinite wisdom, decided to reimburse sewer hookups: give more to people who spent less and give less to people who spent more, and this in view of the fact that no one had any control whatsoever over what their hook-up would cost!


May 21, 2008: Belleayre is an unfair competitor

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To The Editor:
In the May 14 letters section we were offered a nostalgic trip by a sincere traveler down memory lane, who, as it turns out, is a stout supporter of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. I applaud his remembrances of things past but realize that at our age (here I assume that we are peers) memory is not always correct. The Catskills were buzzing in summer activity, when we were young, catering to the escapees from the cities’ sweltering heat. This went on until attrition took its toll on that generation.


May 21, 2008: Support needed for Phoenicia efforts

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To The Editor:
Since 2003, the Phriends of Phoenicia has been a small group of volunteers dedicated to Main Street beautification in Phoenicia. We plant and tend the public gardens in town, we help maintain Simpson Park and we pick up litter throughout the spring, summer and autumn.


May 21, 2008: What next for Dry Brook speeders?

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To The Editor:
It is well known that speeding is a problem on Dry Brook Road in Arkville.  For years there have been many complaints to the Delaware County Sheriff and the state police about the chronic speeding on Dry Brook. With the exception of a marked state police car once in a blue moon, nothing has been done to curb it.


May 21, 2008: Clearing the record on controversy

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To The Editor:
In a letter in last week, Achilles Stefanis gave the impression that the MARK Group made promises that were not based in reality and drew conclusions from comments made by Village Trustee Fred Woller, that the MARK Group had acted on behalf of the village without the knowledge of the village. I’m writing to clear up any confusion this letter generated.


May 21, 2008: School issues brought to light

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To The Editor:
I would like to respond to Diana Misner’s letter concerning problems with public schools. I have heard nearly the same kind of things from virtually every parent that I have talked to about education. Your problems are not unique. The recent problem with 2nd graders at MCS is a good example of this.


May 14, 2008: What's happening with education?

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To The Editor:

I have recently run into some problems with my child’s education. I have tried going through all the right outlets to handle the matter. But what I’m hearing from the school system is disturbing and I thought I should share it.


May 14, 2008: Voting for OCS School Board matters

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To The Editor:

We are at a critical juncture in the future of the Onteora Central School District, and unless voters in all the communities respond on Election Day, May 20, our children, taxpayers and communities will suffer a terrible and irreversible body blow.


May 14, 2008: Think about it when casting your vote

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To The Editor:

Nobody enjoys paying school taxes, and for those who don’t have children in the system, it must be particularly painful. But until our politicians find another way to fund our schools (which we’d appreciate), we’re stuck with it. All the more reason to know what’s happening with school taxes in the Onteora Central School District.


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