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Feb. 25, 2009: Wrong approach will be costly for NY

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To The Editor:
As a New Yorker, I understand the severity of the deficit that the state faces. As the Chief Executive Officer of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, I am acutely aware of the tremendous harm that will come to patients and health care providers if Governor Paterson’s cuts and taxes are enacted.


Feb. 25, 2009: Happy to return, if they'll have us

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To The Editor:
I am writing to express our gratitude to the wonderful people of The Roxbury Motel.
My husband was on a ski trip with our three children when he dislocated his shoulder. Greg, the proprietor of The Roxbury, extended himself for my family.


Feb. 25, 2009: Conflict of interest for planning post

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To The Editor:
It was with great interest that I read the February 11 edition of the Catskill Mountain News. I refer to the article referring to the Middletown Planning Board applicants. It was refreshing to note the interest in our community for a planning board position. However, as I scanned the prospective candidate list, Kate VanBenschoten’s name was listed as a prospective candidate.


Feb. 18, 2009: Student project has valuable lessons

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To The Editor:
I teach the Participation in Government course at Margaretville Central School. Last semester a class of high school seniors began a new curriculum: Planning and Local Government in the Watershed.


Feb. 18, 2009: Republicans are bereft of ideas

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To The Editor:
Republicans in Congress, especially those in the House, have again shown that they are bereft of ideas to turn this country’s economy around. The recovery plan that would bring much needed money to New York State, allowing it to maintain services, like those at Belleayre Mountain, was derided by Republicans as “generational theft.” Yet they offered no alternatives excepting further tax cuts for the financial elite, like the Bush tax breaks they doled out to billionaires in the past, which helped get us into this mess.


Feb. 11, 2009: Sign is up and makes a difference

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To The Editor:
Hats off in praise to the highway department or road workers. Fleischmanns Heights, off Todd Mountain Rd., now has a permanent “Seasonal Road Closed” sign. The old “Road Closed” sign was on wood stilts and would often fall. The new sign is cemented in.


Feb. 11, 2009: Lack of a deal is dumbfounding

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To The Editor:
I was dumbfounded to hear at last week’s Shandaken Town Board meeting that I, on behalf of SHARP, was handing over the reigns to Frank Nazzaro to continue with the flower program. I feel this issue needs to be cleared up immediately.


Feb. 11, 2009: Rare book has priceless information

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To The Editor:
Bill Birns again struck a cord in Catskill Mountain history that registered with me. He continues to bring to the attention of local residents important aspects of local history. In the Feb. 4 issue of the Catskill Mountain News he quotes from an Elbert Hubbard book about John Burroughs, called “Old John Burroughs.”


Feb. 4, 2009: Get real with tax assessments

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To The Editor:
It comes as no surprise that our economy is in bad shape, with Delaware County perhaps hurting more than most. We lack any significant commercial tax base and that base continues to deteriorate.


Feb. 4, 2009: Deep sadness from leaving friends

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To The Editor:
I am writing this letter with very deep felt sadness. To my former co-workers, I miss each and every one of you. The past year has been very difficult for all of us at the A&P. We were coming, going, leaving, staying, never really knowing anything till the end. It was a very sad day for a lot of us.


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