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Dec. 23, 2009: Expresses regret over doctor leaving

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To The Editor:
As Chair of the Margaret-ville Hospital Board, and also personally as one of his patients, I want to express regret that Dr. Ravunniarath decided to leave our organization and wish him well in his new job. “Dr. J” is a good doctor who is popular with his patients, so it is particularly unfortunate that we were unable to come to an agreement with him.


Dec. 23, 2009: Overwhelmed by community support

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To The Editor:
I am overwhelmed by the show of support from this community of which I have been a part of for more than six years. I trust that during this time I have served you with the best of my ability and I hope that I will be able to do it again in the future should the circumstances change.


Dec. 23, 2009: Hopes an agreement can be reached

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Editor’s note: The following letter was written to Margaretville Hospital CEO Edmund Morache. The writer asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Sir:
My name is Stanley Boguski. God willing I will celebrate my 81st birthday on February 7, 2010.
Thus far, my primary doctor, Jaikumar Ravunniarath, has helped me manage my multiple health problems.


Dec. 16, 2009: Christmas Project support is welcome

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To The Editor:
For many years the generous contributions of individuals, churches, businesses and community organizations have more than met the expenses of the Community Christmas Project. The committee works together to identify families and senior citizens who would enjoy a gift of food during the holidays.


Dec. 16, 2009: Questions why doctor is departing

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To The Editor:
I just found out that our beloved Dr. Jaikumar Ravunniarath, known to all of his patients as Dr. J, is leaving our area. It is my understanding that his contract was expiring and that the hospital administration was unwilling or unable to negotiate an agreement with Dr. J.


Dec. 16, 2009: Proud of Scouts and this area

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To The Editor:
Coming from a city where people routinely step over and around those in need, I am continually surprised and delighted by the folks who live here.  It was truly heartwarming to see such a strong, positive response to our recent Cub Scout activities.  


Dec. 16, 2009: Community support is heartwarming

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To The Editor:
On a recent afternoon in front of the Margaretville Freshtown Market, I had the pleasure of serving as a Salvation Army volunteer bell ringer. I had assumed that with the current state of our government, the economy, and what we see daily in the media, there would be limited giving.


Dec. 9, 2009: Many reasons why we still hunt

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To The Editor:
I heard about a conversation that took place between a Mohonk Preserve employee and a visitor the other day. The Mohonk Preserve is the largest privately owned preserve in New York State located in the Shawangunk Ridge area of Ulster County. The visitor had commented that he did not know that hunting was allowed on the property and asked, “How long has hunting been allowed on the preserve property?” The employee calmly answered, “Oh about 10,000 years ago or so.”


Dec. 9, 2009: Candidate wanted to take a stand

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To The Editor:
Last week, the New York State Senate finally debated and voted on the marriage equality bill. Senator Bonacic ignored this community and voted to defeat this bill. Many of us have spoken to his staff throughout the spring and summer asking him to stand up for the values of our country—freedom and equality for all—and support this bill. He tried to avoid taking a stand, and when finally forced to vote, he took the politically safe path.


Dec. 9, 2009: Heart of the Catskills needs support

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To the Editor:
The holidays are a time for joy and giving; unless you are one of those people who are finding that they can no longer afford to feed or care for their pets; pets who have been members of their families, often for years.


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