Mailbag

June 16, 2010: Speak out regarding Comprehensive Plan

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To The Editor:
Residents (full and part time), businesses and students who care about the future of the Town of Middletown have until July 1 to let the town planning board know how they feel about a draft comprehensive plan for the town.


June 16, 2010: Is Israel doing the right thing?

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To The Editor:
What is Ms. Margolis, re her letter in last week’s paper, doing to stop the deaths of innocent civilians and American soldiers that are actually being killed on a daily basis by America’s war in Afghanistan?  Rather than put her mind to the actions of her own country, she would rather write letters to the Catskill Mountain News about Israel’s behavior!


June 16, 2010: No harm, no foul in drug disposal?

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To The Editor:
I am a bit confused by Brian Sweeney’s article last week about pharmaceutical disposal.  The question that confronts the attorney general in this case is “Did Margaretville Hospital break the law with its disposal practices?”  Yes, the law is in place because illegal disposal of medical waste can pollute the drinking water, but is the fact that the DEP found no contamination relevant?  Should the fines be returned?


June 9, 2010: Why the difference in gas prices?

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To The Editor:
The price of gas at the Hess station in Margaretville on Monday was $2.999 per gallon. On Friday at the Hess station on Albany Avenue in Kingston gas was $2.699 per gallon.


June 9, 2010: Try a new path to find peace

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To The Editor:
The deadly confrontation between the Israeli military and activists bent on provocation off Gaza’s coast offers a critical opportunity for making change that just might improve the situation.


June 9, 2010: Shandaken farmstand fight is absurd

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To The Editor:
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry after reading the recent article about regulation of farm stands in Shandaken. Apparently, the busybodies are at it again. Farm stands are as American as apple pie.


June 9, 2010: MCS Dollars appreciates support

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To The Editor:
Budget cuts affect everyone, but the worst thing is to deprive our children of getting an education simply because they are unable to meet the rising college costs.


June 9, 2010: Find replacements for officials

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To The Editor:
Do Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry and the underwhelming Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano work for the oil companies or for the American taxpayer?


June 2, 2010: Help us fix it

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To The Editor:
Our family has the private Avery-Woods cemetery in Dry Brook, which our family established in the 1860s. By Memorial Day it is always mowed and cleaned up. Someone put a sign on our fence that we found offensive.


June 2, 2010: Don't rush

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Editor’s note: The following letter was written to Town of Middletown Supervisor Leonard Utter and to John Sanford, chairman of the town’s planning board. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Sirs:
For decades, the Town of Middletown has been violating state law, which requires all zoning actions be based on a “well-considered” comprehensive plan to guide future development.


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