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July 23, 2008: Drive carefully on back roadways

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To The Editor:
Some time ago I wrote a letter to the Catskill Mountain News. I was hoping that this letter would make people more aware of their driving habits, but I was wrong. The people who speed on Dry Brook don’t seem to care or are oblivious to the fact that they are speeding. The posted speed limit of Dry Brook is 35 not 65.  If you are driving up Dry Brook, the speed zone ends after Benjamin Brothers, after the big turn and half way up that hill.


July 23, 2008: Shameful and misleading ad

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To The Editor:
I could not believe what I received from Partners for Progress (PFP) addressed to Postal Patron. What a shameful, false and misleading advertisement. The return address read PFP but was covered by a blank mailing label. The postage was paid by nonprofit permit #773. The same permit number used by Fleischmanns First’s mailings which is sponsored by the MARK Group.


July 23, 2008: Totally amazed by writer's account

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To the Editor:
I am totally amazed at the letter written by Emilie Davenport, which appeared in the July 16-22nd issue of your paper. Emilie was not a witness to the alleged “altercation” and she has absolutely distorted the facts.
Before stating the facts as the situation unfolded, I must give some background. The building where the auctions are held has no property to speak of and is sandwiched between my property and that of another neighbor. When we are away, we watch one another’s property. We have seen people barbecuing on our neighbor’s property, hitching horses and other forms of trespass, including urinating.


July 23, 2008: Who pays for property destruction?

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To The Editor:
This nation and this state have a long history of free political expression. Signs espousing one view or candidate or another appear at various places and times. These signs are tolerated or celebrated in various jurisdictions in varying manners. In most instances the signs are by the road or attached to utility poles in some fashion. Often they are stapled to a pole. Some particularly favored poles are well filled with staples. In some areas the signs are removed almost as fast as they go up.
What is not tolerated is the permanent defacement of public or private property by signs expressing whatever they do.


July 23, 2008: Eminent domain on bridge is unfair

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To The Editor:
I write concerning the Halcottsville bridge issue. My husband and I have been weekend homeowners in Margaretville for five years and enjoy many of the unique opportunities the Catskills provide.


July 23, 2008: Simply apologize for misinformation

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To The Editor:
The letter signed only Partners for Progress, entitled “No Disrespect Implied with Mailing” continues to elaborate on the “deterioration” of our area. The nameless writer does not seem to possess the grace to simply apologize.


July 16, 2008: Upset by flier regarding Fleischmanns

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To The Editor:
I’d like to thank the Mayor of Fleischmanns for having the good taste to stand up for her town. I don’t live in Fleischmanns, but even I found their flyer insulting. To group a whole town in such a bad light with a few pictures is an insult to all of us. It just goes to show what these people will do to push their own agenda, including using the very towns they say they want to help. I guess their “more jobs less taxes” theme didn’t work so they’re trying something new. The new green sign they are putting up is a scare tactic. I’ve seen this used before.


July 16, 2008: Historic landmark needs to be saved

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To The Editor:
The Old Mill House in Halcottsville, currently known as Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm, is an historical landmark that has been the centerpiece of this lovely village for decades. Having lived in Bragg Hollow with our family full time for 22 years, and for an additional 15 years as a weekender, I have driven past this captivating piece of property countless numbers of times. Seeing the Old Mill House with its adjacent waterfall and the beautiful willow tree in the middle of the lake, as I cross the bridge, is always an uplifting experience.


July 16, 2008: Save history with a good decision

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To The Editor:
Save a piece of history—the old Halcottsville Mill House. It seems to me that with today’s technology and expertise we should be able to renovate the bridge without damaging the Mill House.
One possibility would be to build a new bridge downstream of the present bridge. The town supervisor, rather than criticizing the property, should be happy to have local enterprises listed in the Delaware Tourism booklet.


July 16, 2008: Professionalism was on display

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To The Editor:
I have recently moved to the Village of Roxbury and am very happy I did. Not only have my neighbors welcomed me with kindness and cordiality, but as a widow I feel exceptionally safe and secure.
A month ago I started working at Jane’s Dancing Bear Auctions on Bridge Street. Last week a disgruntled and unreasonably difficult neighbor started an altercation which was without cause; an instance where there was no justification.


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