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Freshtown a boon to the community

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To The Editor:
I am writing to thank the Katz family for putting the effort and expense into not only remodeling the Margaretville Freshtown store, but also allocating the payroll to maintain it.
My visits this weekend were marked by exceptional products and service. They are rare commodities in business these days and are to be commended, especially in a town where you have a monopoly. Special thanks to the store manager, Bob Griffiths, and Leo Rotella who are always helpful.

Steve McKenna,
Fleischmanns


Magical night

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To the Editor:  
On the 4th of July, my family and I drove over from New Kingston to watch the fireworks display put on by the Margaretville Fire Department.  


Many problems arise from bears

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We will still be capitalists

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To The Editor:
A few months back, Charles Kowalski strenuously objected to my characterization of the self proclaimed “Tea Party Patriots,” as dangerous anti-American fanatics, a statement that has become even more clearly accurate in the months since.  In this week’s paper, he pretends to give others a “lesson” in capitalism.

I would submit that Kowalski is factually challenged on a number of issues.  First and foremost is that because someone doesn’t goose-step to the same drummer as himself, that he or she is to be considered “non-capitalist.”  


June 29, 2011: Area really needs a teen center

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To The Editor:
I am writing in response to the letter by Melody Rosa in last week’s paper. 
While I am not a local, I do have a teenager. There is a need for activities for our young kids and young adults.
I have, many times, tried to spark an interest in having a community center in Margaretville, so far to no avail.


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. 


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.


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