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May 7, 2008: Equal results for more pupil spending

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To The Editor:
According the US Census, New York ranks number one in the amount that school districts spend on their students. According to the Business Council of New York, the average amount spent in New York State per student was $14,119.
In the current proposed budget for Roxbury Central School District, the board would like to spend approximately $26,805 per student, assuming 350 students and the passage of the budget for $9,382,319.


April 30, 2008: Village water tower plans are a sham

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To The Editor:
At the Fleischmanns April 21 Village Board meeting, the village failed to demonstrate convincing arguments, concerning the proposed project to erect a 320,000 gallon, 35-foot-high water storage tank. Economically and environmentally this project is a sham.


April 30, 2008: Dismayed over bridge controversy

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To The Editor:
It was dismaying to read of the conflict between the Town of Middletown and the owners of Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm, Jim and Susan Kelly. The thought of possibly losing that quaint, charming and very unique Bed & Breakfast is also heart-wrenching. What a financial and aesthetic loss it would be to the area!


April 30, 2008: Typical hysteria clouds tax issues

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To The Editor:
At the April 7 meeting of the Shandaken Town Board, a resolution to create an Empire Zone met with what has unfortunately become typical hysteria.
Every new business in New York State is eligible for tax relief during the first 10 years of its development. This is not a creation of the developer, it is a fact of life.


April 30, 2008: Traumatized by shooting photo

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To The Editor:
Since my move to the area three-and-a-half years ago, I have enjoyed the return to “small town” life. I grew up on a farm in Ohio. My music career took me to New York City for five years, but I was a country mouse living in a world that did not suit my sensibilities. I desired a return to a simpler, wholesome life where the press might actually be so inclined as to be able to focus on the positives even more than the negatives in our daily lives.


April 30, 2008: Many helped with church fund-raiser

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To The Editor:
We would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Trivia Challenge a big success!
Major thanks to our sponsors: Miller’s Drug Store, Wilber National Bank and Vly Mtn Spring Water.


April 30, 2008: Who's the keeper of our environment?

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To The Editor:
You have waited all week for this. You have your fish pole in one hand and your tackle box in the other and you head down the bank to your boat. You row out to the peace and the beauty of your surroundings and then it happens, a motor boat goes by and the quiet is gone. You cast out into the water looking to hook that big one that got away last time and you hook something as big, you reel it in; it’s a large piece of garbage.


April 23, 2008: Think carefully about local history

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To The Editor:
I read with alarm in the Catskill Mountain News about the plans of the Delaware County Department of Transportation for the replacement of the bridge adjacent to Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm Bed & Breakfast in Halcottsville.


April 23, 2008: Binnekill stream is ready to go dry

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To The Editor:
By the time you read this, the Binnekill stream in Margaretville will be drying up again. For the last four years the village focus has been on gaining control of the Binnekill bulkhead, not on fixing the problem that is causing the stream to go dry. Their approach has been ethically, legally and technically wrong; and they are spending your tax dollars to cover up their mistakes.


April 23, 2008: Be fair in news coverage of events

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To The Editor:
As I read the article about the Halcottsville Bridge I realized that not all the facts were added to your story of what happened on the night of the town meeting.


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