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March 25, 2009: Zoning amendment is obnoxious

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To The Editor:
Well, de-ja-vu!
Remember the 400-plus-concerned Shandaken citizens who came forward to tell that comprehensive committee just where the bear was? Well, it’s time to rise up again! The proposed local law to amend chapter 116 of the zoning law of the Town of Shandaken to regulate farm stands is obnoxious at best!


March 25, 2009: American rights must be defended

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To The Editor:
Babette Kiesel wrote a letter last week telling me I should be ashamed for exercising my God-given American right to speak out against injustice and petition my elected officials. She says I’m greedy and calls me a “scofflaw.” She wonders if I want to set a precedent. Ms. Kiesel, and the people trying to pass this new law either don’t understand what’s going on or else they don’t share the American values that most of us live by.


March 25, 2009: Medical services are truly essential

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To The Editor:
This was our first experience calling the Roxbury Rescue Squad and being administered to by the Margaretville Emergency Room staff. We did not realize how valuable and helpful the members are to our community. They are truly dedicated and a much needed asset to all. All of our town’s people should think about how necessary and needed the Roxbury Rescue Squad is to our community.


March 25, 2009: Congressional vote in your hands

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To The Editor:
It is good that we have two candidates from which to choose in the upcoming March 31 election to fill Kirsten Gillibrand’s seat in Congress. Their divergent views on the value of the unborn and marriage gives the voters a clear choice and makes it easy for them to make the correct decision.


March 18, 2009: The truth about my candidacy

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To The Editor:
I returned to Margaretville and made my home here because of the neighborly, small town feeling that seemed to pervade every aspect of life. When I ran for the village board four years ago and was elected, my decision seemed to be justified. Even though we’ve not always agreed with each other, most people, even opponents, have remained positive and respectful. So I was shocked at Carol O’Beirne’s negative ad attacking me last week.


March 18, 2009: Sad commentary on Belleayre Resort

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To The Editor:
Susanna Margolis writes some amazing letters but last week’s topped them all. Comparing plans to expand Belleayre Mountain Ski Center with the construction of Yankee Stadium is a colorful fantasy that has no basis in reality. Let me count the ways.


March 18, 2009: We need Murphy in Congress

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To The Editor:
It feels right — Kirsten Gillibrand asking us to support Scott Murphy as her replacement in Congress. Like Kirsten, when Murphy launched his campaign a few weeks ago, he was an unknown Democrat running against a career politician in a district gerrymandered for a Republican. No one gave him a chance either. Like Gillibrand, however, Murphy’s poll numbers are rapidly rising as people get to know him.


March 18, 2009: Support sought in village election

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To The Editor:
As a candidate for mayor for the Village of Margaretville it has been a heartwarming experience for me to visit with you, our village residents, over the past several weeks. I would like to thank all of you for your kind words and gracious welcome. I know how much you care about your community.


March 11, 2009: Scott Murphy will be a vital asset

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To The Editor:
The author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," Steven Covey, said this: "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies your freedom and power to choose your response. In those responses lies your growth and your happiness."


March 11, 2009: Ready to serve as village mayor

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To The Editor:
As one of the mayoral candidates in the impending Village of Fleischmanns election, I remind residents that it is their civic responsibility to get out and vote.
This country was founded on principles that allow the public to have choices and a voice in the process. Robert Hutchins, a famous educator and president of the University of Chicago, once wrote, “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and undernourishment.” With these words in mind I argue that your vote on the local level is perhaps more important than ever.


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