Mailbag

Supervisor claims inaccuracies

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To The Editor:
It would be regrettable if language used by myself in a moment of sincere frustration during the November 13th town board meeting were to succeed in distracting from the important issues facing the Town of Middletown. I apologize for that, and for helping to create a distraction when measurable progress is being made both locally and countywide. It would also be regrettable if recent articles in the News by Joe Moskowitz were to stand without correction. Here are the facts, which were either omitted or misunderstood by Mr. Moskowitz in his stories regarding November’s town board meetings:

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Time to move on

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To The Editor:
Regarding the assertion in the November 26 issue of this paper that Marge Miller maintain time sheets in order to prove that her position is in fact a full time position, I question whether such a requirement would force us to pay her the NYS minimum wage, which, if she does in fact justify full time hours, would come to a total of $17,500.  I will plead ignorance in this area.
I know how I pay my people, and the laws are pretty thorny at times, particularly when you start setting requirements such as these.

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Fiendish killer is suspected

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To The Editor:
On Monday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 a.m., my husband and I and our two dogs took our usual hike on our property. This was a hike we have taken hundreds of times.
Our older dog, who was wear­ing a red bandana and green collar with his license attached, must have caught the scent of something and strayed off the trail. This, too, has happened many times but he has always come back to join us or found his way to our house within the hour.

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Project will raise taxes

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To The Editor:
We recently purchased and renovated a vacation home in Roxbury.
We love the area and have made some great friends in Roxbury. Because we are taxpayers in the town, we try to stay informed with regard to budgets, tax increases, etc.

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"Hanging around" doesn't qualify

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To The Editor:
Reading the story in last week’s CMN regarding Supervisor Marge Miller’s vulgar outbursts, witnessed by many during an open town board meeting when objecting to the town board’s failure to approve the sizeable dollar increase in salary that she included for herself in the initial and preliminary budget (while granting many full-time town employees relatively miniscule raises to fund her self-proposed raise), makes one wonder about the behavioral and emotional construct of this person.


Looking for Christmas angels

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To The Editor:
Do you know someone who is going without this holiday season?
If you know of a person or a family that is in need of a visit from Santa’s helpers, tell us your/their story and Santa will try to reach as many people as he can this Christmas season.
Send your heartfelt stories to: Santa’s Angels, PO Box 143, Fleischmanns, NY 12430.
If you or someone you know would like to be a Christmas Angel this holiday season, monetary donations and or services would be greatly appreciated.

Santa’s helper, Fleischmanns


A closer look at the numbers

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To The Editor:
The recent letter to the editor from Mr. Rossi regarding the raise the supervisor’s position was given in the preliminary budget for the Town of Middletown was misleading, meant to present the appearance of financial irresponsibility on the town board’s part, particularly given the current economic climate.


RCS show deserved coverage

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To The Editor:
On November 7 and 8, Roxbury Central School drama students put on a spectacular ren- ­dition of the musical, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” The students involved all worked tirelessly for several weeks leading up to the performance. Their hard work culminated in two shows of incredible acting, singing and dancing.


Pray for their safety

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To The Editor:
A huge thank you to the students, faculty, and staff at Margaretville Central School (MCS) for the outstanding Veterans Day ceremony this past week.
This annual event at MCS has grown from only five or six veterans in attendance 10 years ago to over 50 this past week. It was most fitting that the person responsible for the first event, John Riedl, was once again in attendance as the interim school superintendent.


The rumor mill churns

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To The Editor:
Senselessness always divides a small town. Follow it up with classless chatter. Done. Everyone has an opinion. The rumor mill churns quickly.
Please, in all the commotion of this past week, remember, these are somebody’s children. Your neighbor’s kid. People we know, see or interact with. They belong to local people we know. You have watched them grow up, talked to them, or not. At some level, you know who they are and in some ways, why.


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