Mailbag

July 15, 2009: Constable not obeying village rules

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To The Editor:
It appears to me that the current Margaretville Village Constable does not have to obey the signs that are posted on the village streets.


July 8, 2009: Many thanks for community support

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To The Editor:
I recently returned home to Hobart from eight months in Zimbabwe where I work with orphans and their caregivers. These are difficult times for most Americans, but in spite of these times my neighbors here continue to amaze me with their generosity and caring.


July 1, 2009: Great mystery of running engines

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To The Editor:
Thank you Diane Galusha for your letter about your pet peeve: cars left parked with their engines idling. It’s one of my pet peeves. I live in a first floor apartment and am sometimes subjected to the smell of parked vehicles with their engines idling.


July 1, 2009: Law applies to some, but not all

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To The Editor:
When is a restaurant not a restaurant? When Don Hogan decides to add a restaurant to his convenience store and gas station in the Hamlet of Andes.
At its June meeting, six of the seven members of the Andes Town Planning Board decided that the addition of a sit-down, table service restaurant with wait staff was not “sufficiently different from the existing convenience store business. Therefore, no special permit or review of this change in use would be required. Since when are “convenience store” and “restaurant” synonymous?


July 1, 2009: Give local couple an opportunity

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To The Editor:
As a taxpayer in the Village of Margaretville and the Town of Middletown, I am proud to know that a fine young couple like John and Kate Van Benschoten are willing to step forward and help shoulder the burden of these tough political and economic times, by serving on the local boards.


June 24, 2009: A pet peeve over engines

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To The Editor:
Today I spent the first half of my lunch hour at home, listening to the idling utility truck across the street. After waiting a reasonable time for it to be shut off, I asked the driver if there was any reason the truck was running. He seemed surprised to be asked, and said he guessed not. Several minutes later he shut off the engine.


June 24, 2009: Parking lot issues are a concern

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To The Editor:
In these times of financial difficulty, what I am about to suggest may come as an added burden to the citizens of our area, but I feel it is a necessary evil when compared to the insensitivity and selfishness exhibited by year-round residents, second homeowners and visitors alike.


June 24, 2009: He, she, they bad for government

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To The Editor:
The Middletown Town Board appointed Kate VanBenschoten to be on the town planning board.
I am sure she is a wonderful person but I and probably others would consider her appointment as nepotism (since her husband is now mayor of Margaretville), and this would present a conflict of interest on behalf of the town.


June 24, 2009: Do the time to earn placement

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To The Editor:
In response to no girls in baseball, I would like to defend my husband Thom’s decision not to place Mrs. Bennett’s girls on the little league team. Out of all the children that tried out for the team, my husband picked 19 kids, quite a large team by most standards, but he does not like to turn away anyone who has the skills to play. When he approached Mrs. Bennett he did so because he had never seen her or her girls in the t-ball or minor league teams of which he has volunteered for the past four years.


June 17, 2009: Questionable reporting on board story

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To The Editor:
In last week’s News, Jay Braman “reported” on a meeting he didn’t attend. His report is nearly word for word, the same report printed by Brian Powers in the Phoenicia Times, after Mr. Powers did attend the meeting.


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