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Feb. 10, 2010: Subdivision should not be allowed

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Editor’s note: The following letter was written to the Town of Middletown Planning Board. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

To The Editor:
Reference: Application of Manuel Ramirez to create a five-lot subdivision on Brush Ridge Road in the Town of Middletown. I am writing to express my substantial concern about the Town of Middletown granting approval of the subdivision plan. My concerns are both as a neighbor and as an environmental professional.


Feb. 10, 2010: Choice is not a consideration

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To The Editor:
Why do abortion advocates refer to themselves as pro-choice? Why don’t they call themselves what they really are, which is pro-abortion?


Feb. 10, 2010: Who pays for this organization?

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To The Editor:
I have been a taxpayer in the Town of Middletown for over 30 years, and a reader of your paper for much longer than that. I have often seen articles in your paper about a group called the “Coalition of Watershed Towns,” and have wondered about it for many years. I see that this group lost a lawsuit to prevent the City of New York from purchasing land in the watershed.


Feb. 3, 2010: We are grateful for the assistance

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To The Editor:
On January 25, as Supervisor of the Town of Shandaken, I was advised to declare a state of emergency in the town due to severe flooding. I’d like to thank all the volunteers, the fire departments, the Town of Shandaken Police Department, the Town of Shandaken Ambulance Squad, the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, the DEP and Ulster County Emergency Management for all their assistance and help during and after this threat to our town.


Jan. 27, 2010: Is it me, or is everything backward?

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To The Editor:
Is it as topsy-turvy as it seems? Or is it just me? Minimum wages are increased ... availability of jobs decline. Price of postage stamps increase ... post office closes from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The value of the dollar goes down ... taxes go up.


Jan. 27, 2010: Waiting for spring to enjoy Catskills

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To The Editor:
In the middle of November we closed on our small mountainside cabin in Margaretville. We had spent a few months looking at affordable places in the Catskill Mountains and finally settled on the Margaretville area. The rural setting, mountain views, quaint Village of Margaretville, special eating establishments and the friendly people convinced us this is where we want to have our “special” house.


Jan. 27, 2010: Should spend their own dime

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To The Editor:
In response to Tom Dee’s letter last week: We all take ourselves a little too seriously. That said, why single out the Save the Mountain crowd for special recognition? Lots of people think wind turbines are a great invention but would you want a dozen whirring over Roxbury?


Jan. 27, 2010: Complaining writer ran on and on

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To The Editor:
It gave me a chuckle to read that Tom Dee didn’t take his own advice. His letter ran for two long columns, ranting on and on for 14 paragraphs. In case Tom doesn’t know, it’s called freedom of speech.


Jan. 20, 2010: Passionate views on world population

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To The Editor:
Regarding John Cerullo’s letter of last week; it seems we share common ground in that we are both passionate in our view of the unsustainable growth of world population.


Jan. 20, 2010: Letter writing advice for others

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To The Editor:
I hate long-winded, long-sentenced, run-on paragraphs in which the writer espouses his or her personal viewpoint concerning a current political or environmental issue that they feel they ‘have to take a stand on’!


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