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March 10, 2010: Tireless workers are appreciated

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To The Editor:
On behalf of the local fire departments and EMS providers, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our local highway crews including village, town, county and state for their efficient and effective work in dealing with the recent storms that struck our area. Without these men and women getting out there and making our roads passable in all sorts of conditions, the emergency response system would fail miserably.


March 10, 2010: Too bad cheerleading is not covered

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To The Editor:
I had the pleasure of attending the Gilboa cheerleading competition on Saturday. MCS cheerleaders took second place trophies for their cheer and their dance routine. I am so very proud of these girls! They have worked so very hard and it shows!
It is disappointing, as a member of this community, to find our local paper does not “cover” cheerleaders.


March 3, 2010: Fire warnings are another consideration in wind turbine safety debate

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To The Editor:
The Western Catskills Preservation Alliance has found yet another safety precaution that was removed by Invenergy in the public online documents.
Vestas Wind Turbine Manual, Section 16. Safety Regulations for Operators and Technicians: Precautions in case of Fire, it states to employees: in case of fire, under no circumstances approach the turbine. Evacuate and rope off the turbine in a radius of minimum 1,300 feet.


Feb. 24, 2010: Fight back against cancer at Relay for Life

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To The Editor:
Mark your calendars! The Delaware County Relay For Life is in full swing for the 2010 event, which begins at 6 p.m. on April 30 at the American Legion in Delhi. Last year the event raised $163,000. In seven years, our relay has raised over $1million dollars!


Feb. 17, 2010: Hospital staff a valuable asset

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As a second homeowner, I spend as much time as I can in the Catskill Mountains. During a recent visit, I became ill with symptoms so severe that I called my doctor in Manhattan. Her recommendation was to go to the nearest Emergency Room. I immediately rushed to get emergency care at Margaretville Hospital, a mere ten minutes drive from my home.


Feb. 17, 2010: Save us from Catskill Park City

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To The Editor:
If Paul Revere and Sybil Ludington could ride again they would warn us of the onslaught of developers.

Just like the Tea Party people formed to take back America, we have to unite to save our way of life and one of the last places left to live.


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. 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. 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.


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