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Accusation just plain silly

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To The Editor:
Anyone who knows me would probably agree that I am a strong, opinionated, outspoken woman. I might hope that they would also agree with fairly intelligent and hardworking. For 15 years, I have worked at the News with Brian Sweeney.

During these years, we have disagreed on a laundry list of subjects ranging from national and local


We need our police

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To The Editor:
I am writing this letter in response to the statements made by a councilman at the Shandaken Town Board meeting in June.

He stated that the Shandaken Police Department was overstaffed. I do not agree.
There is a need for the number of police we currently have. This is one of the main reasons for our low crime rate.

They also patrol our areas and know our residents and nonresidents, and can foresee any problems that may occur.


We need our police

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To The Editor:
I am writing this letter in response to the statements made by a councilman at the Shandaken Town Board meeting in June.

He stated that the Shandaken Police Department was overstaffed. I do not agree.
There is a need for the number of police we currently have. This is one of the main reasons for our low crime rate.

They also patrol our areas and know our residents and nonresidents, and can foresee any problems that may occur.


Not a robber baron

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To The Editor:
The proposed expansion of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and the planned construction of the Belleayre Resort have been contentious issues that have engendered entrenched vociferous camps of proponents and detractors for more than a decade. The recent public forum held at the mountain was organized specifically to allow supporters and opponents three minutes center stage to present a show and tell of information, statistics, and projections in defense of their positions, thereby providing additional data compiled for the decision making agencies.


Letter writer needs 'Time Out'

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To The Editor:
Mr. and Mrs. Bernhardt should be ashamed of themselves. In civil discourse, there is no need to resort to name-calling. Make no mistake; using the word ‘boys’ in their letter was nothing more than an insidious and pernicious use of boys as a pejorative. Rather than engage in a thoughtful and fact-based discussion of the divide on the town board, these two educated people chose to instead smear those they do not support in a clear attempt to silence their dissension.


Gun owners not the problem

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To The Editor:
In all fairness, I think our citizens need to hear some facts on the other side of the gun control frenzy that has arose since the Sandy Hook mass shooting. We all agree that this was terrible; however, rushing to quick judgment that stricter guns laws and more laws will make things better - is not the answer.


The long-term consequences

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To The Editor:
Even though the last recession officially ended in 2009, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a.k.a. food stamps, has seen a 70-percent increase in enrollees since 2007. Dollar payments have more than doubled over that same period, raising from $30.4 billion to $75 billion. Whereas SNAP’s budget used to rise and fall with the overall economy, today it has morphed into yet another permanent part of the United States’ bankrupt entitlement edifice.


Let your dreams come true

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To The Editor:
The most uplifting story in the Catskill Mountain News this year has been the recent one about the valedictorians and salutatorians from Roxbury and Margaretville schools. As I read about their remarkable accomplishments, aspirations, and dreams, I was overwhelmed with tears of joy.
We cannot escape the fact that aging comes rapidly upon us, transcending youth. As this process occurs, many of us are distanced from actual interactions with young people and all of their pure and idealistic beliefs.


No public, only self interest

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To The Editor:
I was both dismayed and disappointed to read the letter from Kingdon Gould Jr. in last week’s letters to the editor.

Mr. Gould’s thinly disguised threat that the preferred build out proposed for the Belleayre Ski Center be ruled out “mostly due to the lawsuits that will surely follow” is another way of saying, “Do it my way or I will use my considerable resources to force my way,” a statement more suited to a 19th-century robber baron than a self-professed concerned and caring resident.


The boys don't know Marge

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To The Editor:
Boys will be boys. That includes three boys serving as councilmen on the Middletown Town Board.


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