Mailbag

June 4, 2008: It will not do -- school is responsible

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To The Editor:
Brian Sweeney’s editorial about the recent incident with second-graders at MCS contained some inaccurate statements. I do not wish to dwell on it or to interfere in anyone’s political domain, however such inaccuracies could lead to bad results and should be addressed.


June 4, 2008: Compromise needed for bridge repair

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To The Editor:
I am writing on behalf of the proposed eminent domain issues being faced by one of our area’s businesses. Susan and Jim Kelly, of Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm, have created a wonderful bed and breakfast business in the Town of Halcottsville. It’s all the things that people think of when they envision the quintessential country home. The pristine lake surrounded by rolling mountains, the waterfall, the tiny church on a hill and the small art galleries that dot the landscape of this quaint village.


May 21, 2008: Editorial: Lessons learned from the incident

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By Brian Sweeney
The news last week that seven second-graders at Margaretville Central School were plotting to attack one of their classmates was difficult to digest. Unfortunately, in this day and age, the reports did not come as a total shock. There are way too many similar episodes occurring for most of us to be completely surprised by this type of story.


May 21, 2008: More care needed for bridge issue

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To The Editor:
I am responding to Julia Green’s article “Halcottsville bridge plans stir troubled waters” in the April 16 to April 22 edition. My husband and I purchased a home in Margaretville two years ago. While we were looking to settle in this area, as well as some other locations, we came here to look and stayed at Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Inn.


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.


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