Mailbag

March 26, 2008: Time of Need

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To The Editor:

I was deeply distressed to read that Delaware County leaders were more concerned with a few dollars than they were with supporting Brookside Hardware in its time of need. Hopefully, after a weekend of reflection, they have reconsidered this most unfortunate decision.


March 26, 2008: Save a life

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To The Editor:

To all in our very caring community, please help us save Dylan Utter’s life. Dylan is a two-year-old victim of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Dylan is unable to crawl, walk and on “bad days” holding his head up is a chore for him.


March 19, 2008: Choices

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To The Editor:

I see a marked contrast between the resignations of Senator Larry Craig of Idaho and Governor Spitzer and Richard Nixon for their wrongdoing, and the actions of Bill Clinton and Senator Ted Kennedy.


March 19, 2008: Include Arkville

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To The Editor:

The current controversy over the two proposed “Family General Dollar But It Costs More Than That Stores” indicates a profound lack of knowledge of local history and geography.
To begin this lesson; the Village of Margaretville and the unincorporated hamlet of Arkville are two separate and distinct communities.


March 12, 2008: Dollar stores

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To The Editor:

As a traffic engineer who has analyzed the impacts of hundreds of “big box stores” on host communities, I’ve become familiar with the corporate steamroller tactics used to get the stores built and their predatory operating practices which use and abuse communities. I would hate to see the Village of Margaretville sacrificed to meet the short-term bottom line goals of two “dollar stores” that see themselves as mini-Wal-Marts.


March 12, 2008: Approval process

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To The Editor:

I wish I could do business the way the developer of the proposed Family Dollar Store in Margaretville does. He purchases a property, tears down the existing structure and does site preparation work for what is claimed to be a cost of $200,000. The only problem is that existing municipal codes do not permit the construction of a commercial building on the site.


March 12, 2008: Volunteers needed

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To The Editor:

When a person pays attention to the Fire/EMS (Emergency Medical Service) issues in Delaware County they have to notice that it is increasingly difficult to get responders out for calls. Local EMS is suffering from the same problems as the fire service.


March 12, 2008: Help us all

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To The Editor:

With most of the media and politicians jumping around nervously reporting about the economy, etc., I was wondering whether people will have the money to enjoy the planned luxurious accommodations which Mr. Gitter and his associates are trying to place close to Belleayre?


March 12, 2008: Thanks, Ed

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To The Editor:

We are so fortunate to have generous people in our community. Edmund Millar, owner of The Market Basket, is one of them.


March 12, 2008: Dubious need

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To the Editor:

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, the Margaretville Village Board will vote on a zoning action that could determine the future of the village and the surrounding area. The outcome will influence whether we get a completely redesigned, upgraded supermarket under new customer and community-oriented management that will anchor the village’s economy or a renewed lease for the same A&P, but further weakened by two new dollar stores run by billion-dollar corporate giants targeting the same customers.


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