Mailbag

Teachers help kids to achieve

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To The Editor:
In reply to E.O. England’s second letter to the Catskill Mountain News:
Teachers do not try to change all students into Einsteins, Beethovens or Shakespeares, but do try to help each student to become all she (he) is capable of being.
Teachers also try to help students appreciate and respect their own uniqueness and humanity, and the uniqueness and humanity of others.

Carol Lawrence,
Grand Gorge


Humans not welcome here

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To The Editor:
In response to Robert Kalb’s letter, “Bears are not welcome around here.”

I’m writing from a bear’s point of view! We have lived and hunted in the Catskills long before the very first house was built. Now our habitat is in danger; finding food to survive isn’t any fun. How would you like eating garbage and being put down because of human ignorance and selfishness toward your four legged?


It's the adults who have lost patience

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To The Editor:
I read last issue’s letters regarding education with interest, mainly because they did not revolve around the usual corporate inspired teacher /union bashing.


Feet planted firmly in the air

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To The Editor:
Responding to Carol Lawrence’s letter in last week’s Catskill Mountain News, I wish to applaud her 27 years teaching in the public schools while trying to change a pottage of dregs, cretins and slack-jawed Neanderthal slugs into Einsteins, Beethovens and Shakespeares.


Who should move - people or bears?

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To The Editor:
I am writing in response to the letter entitled “Bears are not welcome around here.” An interesting thought I must consider, after the first five minutes of laughter, another five minutes of headshaking disbelief and a final five minutes of contemplation of its content.


Contributions can make a difference

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To The Editor:
My grandson, Logan Briggs, will be four years old in June. He was born with Hyperplasic Left Heart Syndrome. The fourth chamber of the heart never developed. He has had two of the three stage surgeries and will need the third when he is six years old, He will need a heart transplant when he is 18-20.

Did you know: Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are the most common type of birth defects? CHD’s are the number one cause of birth defect-related deaths. A child is born every 15 minutes with a CHD, affecting approximately one in 100, or 40,000 newborns each year.


Wasted resources by town

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To The Editor:
On my way to town today I passed the highway department mowing on Margaretville Mountain Road.  I can’t imagine how much brush has grown during the winter, and considering the fact that the roads were still being mowed during December (after snow had fallen) there certainly is nothing to mow. 


Bears are not welcome here

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To The Editor:
In your April 10 paper you printed an article about what a homeowner should do because of an infestation of bears in the Catskills. Until maybe 10 years ago we had no problems with bears here until the DEC decided to trap nuisance bears elsewhere and transport them to our area. The Kingston Freeman ran an article titled “Errant Westchester bear finds home in Catskills.” The article states that this bear will be in an area with good habitat and lots of food, all of it at our expense.


Johnny can't read anymore

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To the Editor:
Educational standards have fallen so low because society wants every student to pass. The cold reality is that high standards necessitate high failure rates. No gadget, no filmstrip, no computer software will alter the fact that your IQ is what ever was issued at birth. The sad truth is that many of our best teachers have lost their jobs simply because they insisted upon maintaining high standards.


Common sense approach needed

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To The Editor:
The well-written letter by Kurt Holcherr in last week’s paper discussed a perceived concept that members of the Tea Party are “Extreme” and he details the direction of the group’s political agenda. Perhaps the name should be “Tea Party Common Sense” as its philosophy.

“Common Sense” was a historic pamphlet written by Thomas Paine during the American Revolution that was the inspiration for the Patriots to fight against the Crown with its repressive taxation and loss of freedoms.


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