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April 28, 201: Defending Israel in granddad's memory

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To The Editor:
I am commenting on a subject that has recently appeared in the Catskill Mountain News.  As a pacifist, and a clinical social worker trained to consider people and situations in their entirety, I have always reserved judgment on aggression taken by Israel toward some Arab entities as reported by the media and others, because it has a history of working toward peace and any aggression has been solely in self-defense.
The story began thousands of years ago when Jews and Arabs populated the land of Canaan, later known as part of the Ottoman Empire.  The history of Jews and Arabs through the 20th Century and into the 21st, and the age-old concept of the establishment of a Jewish homeland, is complex. 
Now surrounded by both peaceful and terror-driven Arab countries, the modern state of Israel has bravely stood its ground, though consistently cooperating with the international community to the point of repeatedly agreeing to the forfeiture of land!  (Can you imagine if our country was pressured into giving even an inch to Mexico or Canada?)  Even that did not change the reality of hate and violence experienced on a daily basis from outside to inside its borders over a long period of time.
It is obvious that Israel can peacefully co-exist with Arabs for the following reasons:
Israel, with a population of over seven million Jews and over one million Arabs, has proven that it can live peacefully with Arabs.


April 28, 2010: No words to describe resort's damage

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Editor’s note: Following is the text of a letter written to Middletown Supervisor Leonard Utter The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Supervisor Utter:
I am deeply saddened and utterly horrified that the Delaware County Board of Supervisors would unanimously support the monstrosity on the mountain proposed by Crossroad Ventures and Dean Gitter.


April 28, 2010: Public's support was overwhelming

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To The Editor:
On April 6 the Class of 2011 had a fund-raising barbecue for its class. In 45 minutes they sold out 400 halves and dinners. We were pleased at the response of our community, but also surprised at the same time as to the overwhelming response.


April 28, 2010: Supervisors' stance makes no sense

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To The Editor:
The resolution passed unanimously by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors promising “any appropriate assistance…to assure the development of the [proposed Belleayre] resort” may have no legal force or legislative meaning, but it does tell us something about our county’s supervisors. It tells us that they are willing—even eager—to commit taxpayer money to a pig in a poke.


April 21, 2010: Israel is a strong United States ally

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To The Editor:
Tuesday, April 20 marked the 62nd anniversary of Israel as an independent and democratic country. This is cause for celebration. Israel has accomplished much of which to be proud and I as an American Jew share and take pride in those accomplishments.


April 21, 2010: Dr. Birns is now “from” here

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To The Editor:
I just finished reading Bill Birns’ column on old-timers.  I liked it.  I like all his columns.


April 21, 2010: Wellness should be part of our lives

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Editor’s note: The following letter was written to MCS Superintendent Tony Albanese. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.
Dear Mr. Albanese:


April 21, 2010: Quest for peace is what’s important

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To The Editor:


April 14, 2010: Rampant development is destructive

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To The Editor:
I would like to applaud both Jack McShane, for his excellent letter in last week’s Catskill Mountain News, and New York City for its land acquisitions. Mr. McShane is 100 percent correct when he asserts that wild over-development not only destroys the life of an area but always, (repeat: ALWAYS!) causes taxes to increase as the needs for ever more infrastructure — needs caused by the development itself — burden the communities involved.


April 14, 2010: The school system not working

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To The Editor:
I was recently given a copy of the proposed MCS budget for 2010-2011 and having reviewed it, especially in comparison to prior years, I have concerns.


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