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Jan. 20, 2010: No "Thank you" is needed for work

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To The Editor:
 Rose Dorn, wife of former Shandaken Town Supervisor, Peter Disclafani, writes in the January 14 edition of the Phoenicia Times, that she is upset because she didn’t receive a thank you from the new Supervisor, Rob Stanley, for the countless hours she worked on the town’s Web site.


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. 13, 2010: Wasted time in global warming fight

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To The Editor:
In his letter to the editor in the January 6 issue, Stuart E. Buswell makes the point that human breathing accounts for a large amount of greenhouse gas emission. The most reliable statistics I have been able to obtain indicate that fossil fuel burning accounts for approximately 12 times the amount of greenhouse gas emission accountable to human breathing. The crush of human population is a problem for our species and for our planet. In fact, it is probably the greatest threat of all.


Jan. 13, 2010: Fairness need for upstate residents

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Editor’s note: The following letter was written to New York City Mayor Bloomberg. The author asked that it be reprinted here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Mr. Bloomberg,
I am writing from a small town called Andes in the Catskill Mountains, a place I call home, and you and your constituents call your watershed. My wife and I are landowners here having purchased 370 acres, some of it 24 years ago, and are planning to keep it as open space maintaining fields and forest. What I am writing to you about are two things, natural gas drilling and fairness.


Jan. 6, 2010: Freshtown work is appreciated

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To the Editor:
We would like to commend Freshtown Manager Robert Griffith and his associates and staff for their hard work and extend to them our best wishes for 2010.


Jan. 6, 2010: Considered opinion about warming

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To The Editor:
John E. Cerullo, in last week’s letter to the editor, fundamentally agreed with my assessment that some scientist will bend the truth in favor of their financial source. By his own example of a scientist involved in the tobacco fiasco he makes my point.


Jan. 6, 2010: Humane society gifts from the heart

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To The Editor:
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the holiday collection for the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. Thanks to you, the staff at the shelter is able to worry less about supplies they need to provide the excellent care the cats and dogs receive while waiting to be adopted. So that everyone will have a chance to help the shelter, the special holiday collection will continue through Jan. 15.


Jan. 6, 2010: Southern style is a different world

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To The Editor:
As the South braces for another snowstorm I thought my old Yankee friends would like to know how Virginians “handle” this winter weather. Firstly, when there is a threat of snow, there is a run on in the local grocery stores of bread, eggs and milk. The latter two are a puzzle since they can easily spoil if the power goes out, which it is most likely to since we get more ice than snow, which often takes down the trees or their parts.


Dec. 30, 2009: State's gas drilling EIS is flawed

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To The Editor:
For a change, Catskill community leaders are welcoming the latest move of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to safeguard its water supply by prohibiting gas drilling within or adjacent to the city’s watershed. Unlike many constraints of DEP policies, a ban on drilling is as essential to the future of the Catskills as it is to the city’s very survival.


Dec. 30, 2009: Recognize garbage when you read it

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To The Editor:
In response to Stuart E. Buswell’s letter in the December 23 issue, I would like to submit that the scientific fact of Global Warming, and of humanity’s exacerbation thereof is not a political issue, but a scientific one. I seriously doubt that the scientists who worked diligently to determine that mankind is threatening its own extinction expected to become involved in what has become a political and media circus.


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