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June 29, 2011: Dates corrected on building

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To The Editor:
I maintain a website for the Fleischmanns High School at
http://freepages.school-alumni .rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fleischmannshighschool.html.
I noticed in your article about the fire at the Fleischmanns school, your date for the construction of the two-story original section of the building as to be 1928.  I think that a typo error occurred, as there were school house building bonds sold in 1908 issued for, “Union Free School District No. 21 of the Town of Middletown.”


June 29, 2011: Time to become a capitalist

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To The Editor:
Interesting to read a letter from Mona Lee Sheehan. In her last letter to the News she again attacks Gibson’s mandate from our citizens as Delaware County gave him a 22 percent lead over Murphy.
Again we read of her desire to keep spending and not accept the realization that our country is going broke. Look at Greece in the last few weeks and read the Congressional Budget Office’s report that we must reduce spending and our indebtedness, which is $45,000 for every person, or we will suffer massive reductions in the quality of life, especially for our grandchildren.


June 29, 2011: Bill Fiedler was a great teacher

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To The Editor:
For well more than 35 years, the hallowed classrooms of Margaretville Central School have been privileged to have an individual whom carried the hallmark of being a “Great Teacher.” 
Over all those years, Mr. William G. Fiedler Jr. touched countless students with his enthralling and, for lack of a more appropriate term, enthusiastic teaching ability and drove them to lengths they thought they could never achieve.  He was more than just a teacher to so many students. 


Unfair assessment questioned

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To The Editor:
When I received my new tax assessments I was shocked at the estimated market value for my vacant properties. I’ve felt (for years) that the tax assessments were unfairly high, especially considering the fact that I live in one of the poorest counties in New York State and receive very little in services other than road maintenance.


Magic bullet proposed for area

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To The Editor:
What is best for Belleayre?
The question should be: what is best for the Central Catskills and the State of New York?
Belleayre is the winter economic engine for the region, but at best, it is an underpowered sputtering four-cylinder motor. It provides jobs, mostly seasonal, and on winter weekends helps the existing lodging and restaurant businesses that are on the way to the mountain from New York City, but contributes considerably less during the week and to communities north and west of the mountain.


Locals are an endangered species

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To The Editor:
The Binnekill stream is a focal point in Margaretville, no doubt about that. I sincerely feel for the ducks who have to waddle around in smelly old mud. Honestly, I do.

But, please can’t we be more concerned about the young people in this area. They are our future! They don’t have a place to hang out after school, etc. We are in desperate need of a shopping center, McDonalds, movie theatre, cell phone service and jobs! I just spoke to a local couple recently who are fed up living here and are moving down south.


Everyone needs to pay fair share

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Days of kicking away debt are over

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To The Editor:
The timing of Ms. Sheehan’s letter to the editor last week regarding Rep. Chris Gibson was simply amazing.

On Wednesday, June 8, CNBC’s Jim Rodgers announced that the United States had become the “largest debtor nation in the history of the world!” Earlier, on May 14, the Social Security and Medicare trustees report showed that the Social Security Trust Find will be exhausted in 2036, the Social Security Disability Insurance Fund exhausted in 2018 and the Medicare Trust Fund in 2024.


Act thoughtfully on drilling issue

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To The Editor:
A majority of Delaware County Supervisors have stated that they are in favor of fracking for natural gas. In the Catskill Mountain News’ local area, these include the supervisors of Middletown, Andes, Bovina and Roxbury.

The supervisors might change their position if they became more informed. They would then be able to see the consequences, perhaps unintended, of fracking on local land, property and home prices.


Unconvinced on ORDA plan

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To The Editor:
I don’t want to dignify Joan and Larry Bauer’s crazy attack on me with a response but I also can’t let their accusations go unanswered. 


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