Mailbag

Jan. 27, 2010: Should spend their own dime

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To The Editor:
In response to Tom Dee’s letter last week: We all take ourselves a little too seriously. That said, why single out the Save the Mountain crowd for special recognition? Lots of people think wind turbines are a great invention but would you want a dozen whirring over Roxbury?


Jan. 27, 2010: Complaining writer ran on and on

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To The Editor:
It gave me a chuckle to read that Tom Dee didn’t take his own advice. His letter ran for two long columns, ranting on and on for 14 paragraphs. In case Tom doesn’t know, it’s called freedom of speech.


Jan. 27, 2010: Is it me, or is everything backward?

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To The Editor:
Is it as topsy-turvy as it seems? Or is it just me? Minimum wages are increased ... availability of jobs decline. Price of postage stamps increase ... post office closes from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The value of the dollar goes down ... taxes go up.


Jan. 27, 2010: Waiting for spring to enjoy Catskills

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To The Editor:
In the middle of November we closed on our small mountainside cabin in Margaretville. We had spent a few months looking at affordable places in the Catskill Mountains and finally settled on the Margaretville area. The rural setting, mountain views, quaint Village of Margaretville, special eating establishments and the friendly people convinced us this is where we want to have our “special” house.


Jan. 20, 2010: Letter writing advice for others

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To The Editor:
I hate long-winded, long-sentenced, run-on paragraphs in which the writer espouses his or her personal viewpoint concerning a current political or environmental issue that they feel they ‘have to take a stand on’!


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: 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. 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. 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.


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