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Oct. 21, 2009: New York State's farmers need help

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To The Editor:
On October 13, I held a rally at Maple Dream Farm in the Town of Greene urging Governor Paterson to release $150 million in much-needed funding for New York’s struggling family dairy farmers.
The farmers I spoke with told me that they are being paid prices catastrophically below the price of production for milk. Many local dairy producers have been forced to max out loans, sell their cows and lay off valued workers in an attempt to keep their farms in business. Our family dairy farmers need immediate financial help to ensure that they can continue making a living and have a profitable business to pass along to their children.


Oct. 21, 2009: Why do we pay for poor service?

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To The Editor:
Why does 911 have so many problems? On Saturday, Oct. 10, a call came in for an automatic alarm on Dry Brook Road, so 911 toned out Arkville. When they couldn’t find anything they radioed 911 to confirm the address.


Oct. 21, 2009: Communication + Teamwork = Success

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To The Editor:
It is a great honor to have been chosen as a candidate for the important and challenging job of representing the people of Shandaken on the town board. I appreciate your efforts to be informed voters.


Oct. 14, 2009: Ban gas drilling in New York State

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To The Editor:
Ken Baer, former chair of the Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter, made these remarks at an anti-drilling rally on the steps of New York’s City Hall in July. With gas drilling in the Catskills a hot front-burner issue, I thought your readers might find his remarks of interest.


Oct. 14, 2009: Town of Shandaken is in dire straits

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To The Editor:
Peter DiSclafani thinks everything in Shandaken is great!  Of course he does. He’s pulling down a taxpayer-funded salary and benefit package well in excess of $30,000 a year for a part-time job while still running his restaurant as he did before he was supervisor.   For the rest of us, life in Shandaken isn’t so rosy.


Oct. 14, 2009: Learn from mistakes of the past

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To The Editor:
The Onteora Teachers’ Association (OTA) is to vote on a possible job action on Tuesday to go on strike in an effort to bring to a close the contract negotiation which has dragged on since June of 2008. In my opinion to initiate a job action at this time will only further divide our community. Let us all stay focused on the present situation and the impact of our decisions from this point forward.


Oct. 14, 2009: Who sets the price for gasoline?

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To The Editor:
It has bothered me for a long time, and never more so than lately with times being hard.
Every time I take a ride into Kingston I notice that the Hess Station on Route 28 before you get to the traffic circle charges anywhere from 15 to 20 cents a gallon less for regular gas than the price at our local Margaretville station.


Oct. 14, 2009: Cost of needed treatments is great

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To The Editor:
As you may already know, we’ve reached out for your support for our son, Dylan Utter, and were extremely grateful for the outcome! Dylan is four years old and suffers from the Number One genetic disease that kills children, Spinal Muscular Atrophy.


Oct. 14, 2009: It finally happened -- history repeats

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To The Editor:
It has finally happened.  A local person comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany.  If you really want to see the seeds of Nazi Germany in our country, look at Sarah Palin railing against the intelligentsia of this country as the root of all evil.


Sept. 30, 2009: Chemical spill is a wakeup call

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To The Editor:
No sooner had I noticed a bold quote bearing my name on the front page (CMN 9/16-22) of Matthew Perry’s coverage of the Andes Public Library’s informational talk on gas drilling than a huge chemical spill by Cabot Oil and Gas occurred near Dimock, Pennsylvania. Halliburton fracking chemicals, more than 6,000 gallons known to pose a health risk, spread into the area’s surface water system.


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