Mailbag

Oct. 14, 2009: Ban gas drilling in New York State

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To The Editor:
Ken Baer, former chair of the Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter, made these remarks at an anti-drilling rally on the steps of New York’s City Hall in July. With gas drilling in the Catskills a hot front-burner issue, I thought your readers might find his remarks of interest.


Oct. 14, 2009: Town of Shandaken is in dire straits

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To The Editor:
Peter DiSclafani thinks everything in Shandaken is great!  Of course he does. He’s pulling down a taxpayer-funded salary and benefit package well in excess of $30,000 a year for a part-time job while still running his restaurant as he did before he was supervisor.   For the rest of us, life in Shandaken isn’t so rosy.


Oct. 14, 2009: Learn from mistakes of the past

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To The Editor:
The Onteora Teachers’ Association (OTA) is to vote on a possible job action on Tuesday to go on strike in an effort to bring to a close the contract negotiation which has dragged on since June of 2008. In my opinion to initiate a job action at this time will only further divide our community. Let us all stay focused on the present situation and the impact of our decisions from this point forward.


Oct. 14, 2009: Who sets the price for gasoline?

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To The Editor:
It has bothered me for a long time, and never more so than lately with times being hard.
Every time I take a ride into Kingston I notice that the Hess Station on Route 28 before you get to the traffic circle charges anywhere from 15 to 20 cents a gallon less for regular gas than the price at our local Margaretville station.


Oct. 14, 2009: Cost of needed treatments is great

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To The Editor:
As you may already know, we’ve reached out for your support for our son, Dylan Utter, and were extremely grateful for the outcome! Dylan is four years old and suffers from the Number One genetic disease that kills children, Spinal Muscular Atrophy.


Sept. 30, 2009: Chemical spill is a wakeup call

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To The Editor:
No sooner had I noticed a bold quote bearing my name on the front page (CMN 9/16-22) of Matthew Perry’s coverage of the Andes Public Library’s informational talk on gas drilling than a huge chemical spill by Cabot Oil and Gas occurred near Dimock, Pennsylvania. Halliburton fracking chemicals, more than 6,000 gallons known to pose a health risk, spread into the area’s surface water system.


Sept. 30, 2009: Foot dragging is hurting Belleayre

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To The Editor:
It is puzzling that Crossroads says that they have almost completed their environmental impact statement, when in August they sought action that would have voided the Agreement in Principle ( AIP ) and sent the whole project back to square one.


Sept. 23, 2009: Reality check is needed regarding letter

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To The Editor:
In last week’s Mailbag Mark Zilberman, LCSW took me to task for what he perceived as my dismissal of the human race as being the culprit in global warming. A careful reading would show that the opposite is true.


Sept. 23, 2009: Misleading mailings must be stopped

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To The Editor:
I recently received a postcard from my congressman… or did I?
A week or so ago, a big glossy postcard about Medicare drug coverage arrived from Congressman Murphy… or so I thought. My friends and neighbors also received them and questioned why Murphy would be spending so much money on this sort of mailing.


Sept. 23, 2009: Littering slobs make me sick

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To The Editor:
The garbage and all sorts of litter I see alongside the roads where I drive or walk is unbelievable. Beer cans, soda cans, water bottles, plastic bags filled with garbage, metal junk from homes or cars, various unidentifiable objects. On and on.


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