Mailbag

June 3, 2009: Still no AIDS cure; prevention is key

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To The Editor:
While HIV/AIDS is a less prominent issue in our local newspapers, we should not operate under the illusion that living with HIV or AIDS is less onerous than ever. Moreover, the epidemic is spreading in the United States faster than predicted. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate of 56,000 new infections for 2006 is much higher than the previous estimates of 40,000.


June 3, 2009: Garbage issue should be corrected

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To The Editor:
In regards to the Middletown Transfer Station, what garbage can you throw out? It is totally ridiculous that you cannot get rid of trash in Middletown.
There is an extensive list of items which are not accepted, and if you should have one item on that list, for example a television, you must drive 50 plus miles and pay a fee to dump it.


June 3, 2009: Parade photos were wonderful

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To The Editor:
There were many lovely pictures taken at last Monday’s Memorial Day Parades. The ones that impressed me the most, were on the front page of your paper. A very moving picture of four gentlemen, standing with heads bowed, with uniform hats in hand over their heart, giving glory and honor to God and to our great country.


June 3, 2009: Coming full circle in Hardenburgh

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To The Editor:
On April 15, 1859, 53,646 acres were taken from the towns of Shandaken and Denning to form the Town of Hardenbergh in Ulster County. This 82nd Session Laws of New York State also included the order to conduct the first town meeting by May 31. This was done on that date. Our current spelling of Hardenburgh was made official by the adoption of Resolution #23 on June 6, 1984.


May 27, 2009: Chinese finger toy a dangerous trap

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To The Editor:
Honest, productive, middle-class people will be penalized by harsh taxation, so much so that they may become extinct.
This is the class that supports the ever-expanding, low-level income classes and also provides the goodies that some super-rich steal. As example; in the current news we hear tales of mortgage institutes looking for “bailout” funds that will be paid for by tax payers.


May 27, 2009: Personal attacks are not warranted

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To The Editor:
In resorting to personal attacks on individuals, the apparent point of her shrill letter of May 30 and, it would seem, of her existence, Rosina Montana has targeted three people of my acquaintance. I would like to say something about them.


May 20, 2009: Wasteful spending should be stopped

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To The Editor:
I was the recent recipient of a mailing from Assemblyman Clifford Crouch. I noted that the flyer was courtesy of the New York State Assembly, which means it was sent to me via Assemblyman Crouch’s franking privilege, allowing him to send informational mailings with taxpayer money.


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 20, 2009: Strong words from project foes

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To The Editor:
I am writing in response to Julie McQuain’s letter last week. I know my letter is likely to generate the usual letters of protest from those who oppose the expansion of Belleayre Mountain and are so blinded by their own anger at any threat to their exclusive use of our wonderful outdoor resource that they are willing to sacrifice the well-being of the entire region to prove their point. They will stop at nothing and the constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, deceits and recycled and debunked “facts” keep pouring forth.


May 20, 2009: Auxiliary should be commended

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To The Editor:
On May 13 I had the good fortune to have been invited by John Riedl and the Margaretville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Wellness Committee to view a live assembly attended by Roxbury, Margaretville, and Andes K-6 grades.


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