Mailbag

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.


Increasing use of ethanol is a hoax

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To The Editor:
Ethanol — Just one more hoax on the American people. It takes more than a gallon of fossil fuel to produce the equivalent amount of ethanol. We have been duped. Again! Farmers need fuel in their tractors to till the soil, plant the corn, fertilize, harvest the corn, and finally, transport it to the processing plant. Once there it takes fuel to turn the corn into alcohol and then transport it to the oil refineries that mix it with our gasoline.


Supervisors need to rethink fracking

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To The Editor:
Two points to Messrs. Utter and Hynes concerning their zeal for property rights:

One, your protection of such rights is laudable, but whose property is it? A gas company may place the drill on your property, but the horizontal hydrofracking goes under my property. How far down do your rights and mine go? If the drilling that starts out under your property undermines the bedrock under mine, who is responsible when my house drops into a sinkhole? Well, if you chop down a tree on your property and a branch falls on my house, you are liable.


Where are drug trafficking arrests?

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To The Editor:
The Area Police News in the March 30-April 5 Catskill Mountain News included an arrest of a South Kortright Central School student for marijuana possession.

So where did the student get this bag of marijuana? Do we simply arrest a student and ignore the drug dealer that sold it in the first place?

I for one would like to finally see an arrest of a drug trafficker appear in The Area Police News. To date, I don’t recall ever seeing such an entry.


A better way to obtain healthy food

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To The Editor:
I would like to clear up statements made in the article in last week’s paper on vegan food.


Census numbers don't add up

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To The Editor:
I wonder how many people found themselves in the same dilemma as I did when filling out the census form. I even called the census bureau for assistance, but was just read to from a prescribed list of answers, which did not help.

My husband and I were in our Florida home when we received the census form. We were told that we had to fill out the form with the address where we were living on the day we received the form.
I indicated I did not want my small community in Delaware County to lose us in the census count, but was told we had to put down our Florida address.


BOCES program needs state support

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To The Editor:
What about the kids?
Back in 2000 the voters in 19 school districts passed a building project for the ONC BOCES system. One reason was to add space to the two occupational centers for our local students and their education.  

Not everyone can or should go on to college. In our rural area there are few opportunities for students who fall between the cracks.  With all the other cuts that are happening in our society today, a decent and equitable education should not be one of them.


Only the heartless want fracking

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To The Editor:
I am writing in response to the letter stating “America needs nuclear plants for electric.” We do not, there are so many clean alternatives that can be used.
They stated Solar & Wind are unpredictable, are they when used together? No.
Everywhere you look there are springs, streams, reservoirs and dams that flow regularly that could be generating clean electric.


School policies a complicated mix

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To The Editor:
 My first few weeks at the Onteora Central School District have been very full with meeting everyone at the different schools, dealing with the day to day running of the district, preparing the budget during a difficult financial time, and, of course, the snow days and delays.

Please know that it is never an easy decision to open on time, delay or close when the weather is bad. Safety is the only reason to keep the school buses off the road.  However, as a result of this challenging winter season, we have lost four days of spring break, April 18 through April 21.


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