Mailbag

May 20, 2009: Catskill crafts were author's focus

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To The Editor:
I always enjoy Bill Birns’ “A Catskill Catalog” but sometimes they strike a special interest of mine. His column last week reminded me that Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, wrote her only nonfiction book about crafts in the Catskills, entitled Catskill Crafts: Artisans of the Catskill Mountains. She called the book a “friendship quilt” of a wide variety of hand-made crafts, which are made one at a time by local craftsmen and women.


May 13, 2009: Don't be fooled by Roxbury budget

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To The Editor:
While you would be a fool to not vote yes for the Roxbury Central School Budget, I don’t feel you should be made a fool of and want to share the following information.
Surplus: RCS Board took $200,000 out of a “surplus” fund which would have represented an additional 1.7 percent increase to the taxpayer if they had not. In addition our budget does not reflect the approximate $320,0000 stimulus package which could be given to RCS on or about September 2009.


May 13, 2009: Obama's record needs examination

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To The Editor:
I am not sure if the various news media have given much coverage to the following accomplishments of President Obama since his inauguration.


May 13, 2009: Lobby for money to boost the area

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To The Editor:
It is important that this area get some stimulus money. Margaretville Telephone Company has a plan to provide fiber optic wiring to the region. This will provide access to TV, telephone and Internet service throughout our community.


May 13, 2009: Little help offered vs. Esopus Didymo

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To The Editor:
About a year ago, I started putting signs up for Didymo on the Esopus Creek from the Boiceville market all the way to Phoenicia and a few places beyond that point. I met with Region 3 fisheries before posting my signs to show them my signs. They had no comments, just stated “do not post my signs on DEC easements to the Esopus Creek.” I complied. I also asked when you are going to put up signs on the Esopus a number of times throughout the 2008 summer. The reply was “no money, no manpower.”


May 6, 2009: Belleayre is not shovel-ready

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To The Editor:
The Coalition to Save Belleayre, Ulster’s Legislature Chairman and anonymous Delaware officials have again called on Governor Paterson to direct stimulus funding to the expansion of public Belleayre Mountain Ski Center (BMSC). What construction plans do they want funded and on what land? Stimulus money is for shovel-ready infrastructure projects, already reviewed and ready for bid, to put people to work quickly.


May 6, 2009: Community support has been great

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To The Editor:
On behalf of the South Kortright boys’ and girls’ basketball teams I would like to thank all the individuals and organizations for their help throughout the 2008-2009 championship season. The support from the school communities and neighboring towns was overwhelming.


May 6, 2009: Chemical in mulch is toxic to pets

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To The Editor:
Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn’t acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk. Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.


May 6, 2009: Craving the sound of silence

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To The Editor:
Thank you Brian Sweeney for your column “Turn it up. Louder.” I’m tired of the news program loud-mouths, and loud cars, loud trucks and, especially, loud motorcycles. Related to this loudness is the music we are all but forced to listen to everyplace we go. Here we are subjected to it in Freshtown, our new supermarket, and CVS and several other shops.


April 29, 2009: Utters return after treatments in Peru

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To the Editor:
Hola! Dylan and I just arrived home from Lima, Peru on Friday, April 24, where he received two top-of-the-line stem cell treatments, as well as intensive physical therapy. The trip was amazing and the medical care was phenomenal. Dylan is already showing signs of improvement with much more to come!


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