Mailbag

Nov. 19, 2008: Cause for concern with DEP lands

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To The Editor:
A new era is upon us. As such, I wish to inform interested readers about recent changes of use in New York City lands managed by the Department of Environment Protection (DEP). These changes demand greater vigilance in protecting private property and pets.


Nov. 19, 2008: Please give to assist your community

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To The Editor:
Each year, our Community Christmas Project reaches out to brighten Christmas for many area residents. Last year, food baskets were delivered to 128 families, affecting 454 of your friends, relatives and neighbors. Poinsettias were delivered to 46 people who were recently bereaved. Margar-etville Central School elementary children made cards that were mailed with gift certificates to 70 area residents who live alone. Ski lessons and equipment were provided for needy area children. Toys, mittens, clothing and other gifts were wrapped and given to 215 children.


Nov. 12, 2008: Senior funding should be a priority

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To The Editor:
I have just heard and read that the Town of Shandaken Senior Citizens lunch program is being discontinued because of lack of funding.


Nov. 12, 2008: National election was "blessed" event

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To The Editor:
As I sat transfixed in my recliner until after 1 a.m. on election night seeking to absorb the joy and light and pride and hope on the hundreds of thousands of beautiful human faces rejoicing in New York, Chicago, California and around the world, I was also seeking my own word or words for this indeed transformational moment and time.


Nov. 12, 2008: Parete should stay

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To The Editor:
As the elections are winding down, I feel that I must comment on what I believe is a tragedy involving some great people. These people are John Parete and his wife Barbara Tosi Parete.
I have known the Parete and Tosi families for over 40 years. We certainly never agreed on too much politically, but we always remained friends—as it should be.


Nov. 5, 2008: Shop locally to support our economy

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To The Editor:
Whether to patronize a chain or a locally owned business is not on the top of our minds for many holiday shoppers, but it should be. It’s a choice that has profound implications for the economy of Delaware County.


Nov. 5, 2008: Stealing animals is a terrible crime

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To The Editor:
Back in early August, my family and I took in a stray dog, a brown Pit Bull that apparently was dropped off on our road to fend for himself by his owners. And from what I am told it wasn’t the first time either!


Oct. 29, 2008: Please vote at this important time

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To The Editor:
After a long campaign, it is finally time for the people to choose the next President of the United States. This is always an important decision, but never more so than today. After the past eight years, our country is in a horrible mess. We are engaged in two wars, both of which have been hideously mismanaged. The economy is in a freefall, mostly due to Republican policies that favored big business over normal people. And, probably worst, our country’s reputation has been run into the ground due to the use lies to invade another country, policies to condone torture and Bush’s trashing the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. The country needs a dramatic change.


Oct. 29, 2008: Thanks for sharing story on Ralph

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To The Editor:
I was very happy to see the article about Ralph Felter in last week’s paper. Ralph and his wife Cora were my first friends when I bought what was then my weekend home in Kelly Corners 20 years ago.


Oct. 22, 2008: Look out for corporate bullies!

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To The Editor:
In last week’s story about gas drilling in the Catskills region, Hamden Supervisor Wayne Marshfield is quoted as saying “We don’t need big bullies like the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) pushing us around.”
I agree. And we shouldn’t allow big bullies like the gas and oil industries to push us around, and perhaps poison our drinking water.


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