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Appreciation for Belleayre Ski Patrol and employees

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To The Editor:
The call came in to the house at about 10 a.m. My four-year-old and I were just about to leave to drive over to Belleayre Mountain to meet my father, his grandfather, for a little bit of beginner skiing. Instead, unexpectedly, my mother and I would be getting into the car for the drive to Kingston Hospital’s stroke unit.


Please vote in May 20 school elections

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To The Editor:
It’s that time of year again. Time to get ready for school budget votes and school board member elections.
In the next few weeks, school districts will hold public budget hearings. These hearings give everyone a chance to become informed about their district’s spending plan for the upcoming year. I would like to encourage everyone to attend the budget hearings and to learn how your elected officials plan to provide for the education of our children.


SAFE Act brings a hint of sanity

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To The Editor:
Constitutional rights are context specific.  The first amendment includes the right of free speech but we accept that it is illegal to scream “fire” in a crowded building.  You can’t make a joke about bombs if you’re on an airplane.  You can’t make racist or sexist comments in public.  The first amendment also includes the right to peaceful assembly.  But protest groups need permits and are then subject to supervision by police.  Protesters are corralled into “free speech zones”, which begs the question, “is there no free speech outside the designated free speech zone?”


Contest deserved better promotion

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To The Editor:
Last week my company, Titan Drilling Corp., ran a contest based on the winter storm named Titan, that was suppose to hit us, but ended up going south.
The gist of the contest was that we would donate $100 per inch of snow received from storm Titan with a minimum of $1,000, to the NYS-based charity that we received the email votes on from the public.
To spread the word of the contest we contacted three media sources, WRIP 97.9 Radio station out of Windham, the Catskill Mountain News and WIOX Radio station out of Roxbury.


Sen. Seward clarifies quote on SAFE Act

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To The Editor:
I would like to set the record straight in regard to a quote attributed to me in a February 12, 2014 article in the Catskill Mountain News regarding the recent SAFE Act forum at the Delhi American Legion, and restated in a critical letter to the editor.


Second Amendment Rights Violated

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To The Editor:
It seems the NYS (un) Safe Act, is still a major topic over a year latter with law-abiding citizens.  I use the word unsafe because that is exactly what it is.  This was a knee-jerk reaction to a mass murder, pure and simple. Our governor had to quickly push this legislation into law without the normal review process and as a so-called “Measure of Necessity.” No cooling-off period nor true debate was done.   


Science is needed to protect golden eagles

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To The Editor:
Gloria Malloy (in last week’s paper) brought up a very good point regarding the importance of studying climate change. This is precisely why we are studying the flight habits of golden eagles. Reducing dependence on fossil fuels is key to addressing climate change, and wind power will be part of the solution.  
However, one argument against wind power is bird mortality, and wind turbines have proved deadly to golden eagles in particular.


Thanks for your support, Freshtown!

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To the Editor:
 The Fairview Public Library would like to thank the Freshtown of Margaretville for the donations of healthy snacks to our story time program. On February 20th our story time was visited by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County. Children ages 2 to 12 read a story about healthy foods, exercised and each made their own healthy snack. Thank you to all that were involved to help our young community members and their families stay healthy.
 
The Fairview Public Library, Margaretville


Railroad is an appealing attraction

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To The Editor:
Our family of five enjoys traveling the country and visiting area railroads. The Catskill Mountain Railroad is certainly appealing. But to sacrifice a portion of this railroad for a trail is poor judgment at best.
Trails are a dime a dozen. But a working railroad through your beautiful area is a strong draw. We would visit for a train ride, but never consider the trip for a trail.
Jim Norton, Huntsville, AL


Don't shortchange the future

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To The Editor:
We live in a time of great economic hardships. Escalating energy cost, ever-rising prices at the grocery store, few good jobs or no jobs at all, which all contributes to a declining state and local tax base.
As a result of New York State’s challenging financial climate, state aid is continually being reduced to our local municipalities and schools with schools are hit the hardest.


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