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May 27, 2009: Chinese finger toy a dangerous trap

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To The Editor:
Honest, productive, middle-class people will be penalized by harsh taxation, so much so that they may become extinct.
This is the class that supports the ever-expanding, low-level income classes and also provides the goodies that some super-rich steal. As example; in the current news we hear tales of mortgage institutes looking for “bailout” funds that will be paid for by tax payers.


May 27, 2009: Personal attacks are not warranted

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To The Editor:
In resorting to personal attacks on individuals, the apparent point of her shrill letter of May 30 and, it would seem, of her existence, Rosina Montana has targeted three people of my acquaintance. I would like to say something about them.


May 20, 2009: Wasteful spending should be stopped

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To The Editor:
I was the recent recipient of a mailing from Assemblyman Clifford Crouch. I noted that the flyer was courtesy of the New York State Assembly, which means it was sent to me via Assemblyman Crouch’s franking privilege, allowing him to send informational mailings with taxpayer money.


May 20, 2009: Catskill crafts were author's focus

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To The Editor:
I always enjoy Bill Birns’ “A Catskill Catalog” but sometimes they strike a special interest of mine. His column last week reminded me that Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, wrote her only nonfiction book about crafts in the Catskills, entitled Catskill Crafts: Artisans of the Catskill Mountains. She called the book a “friendship quilt” of a wide variety of hand-made crafts, which are made one at a time by local craftsmen and women.


May 20, 2009: Strong words from project foes

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To The Editor:
I am writing in response to Julie McQuain’s letter last week. I know my letter is likely to generate the usual letters of protest from those who oppose the expansion of Belleayre Mountain and are so blinded by their own anger at any threat to their exclusive use of our wonderful outdoor resource that they are willing to sacrifice the well-being of the entire region to prove their point. They will stop at nothing and the constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, deceits and recycled and debunked “facts” keep pouring forth.


May 20, 2009: Auxiliary should be commended

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To The Editor:
On May 13 I had the good fortune to have been invited by John Riedl and the Margaretville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Wellness Committee to view a live assembly attended by Roxbury, Margaretville, and Andes K-6 grades.


May 20, 2009: Pause to reflect on Memorial Day

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To The Editor:
Many of us will be visiting local cemeteries this weekend to decorate the graves of loved ones. On some of those graves, a small American flag will already be flying, recognizing that person’s service in the U.S. armed forces.


May 13, 2009: Little help offered vs. Esopus Didymo

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To The Editor:
About a year ago, I started putting signs up for Didymo on the Esopus Creek from the Boiceville market all the way to Phoenicia and a few places beyond that point. I met with Region 3 fisheries before posting my signs to show them my signs. They had no comments, just stated “do not post my signs on DEC easements to the Esopus Creek.” I complied. I also asked when you are going to put up signs on the Esopus a number of times throughout the 2008 summer. The reply was “no money, no manpower.”


May 13, 2009: Don't be fooled by Roxbury budget

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To The Editor:
While you would be a fool to not vote yes for the Roxbury Central School Budget, I don’t feel you should be made a fool of and want to share the following information.
Surplus: RCS Board took $200,000 out of a “surplus” fund which would have represented an additional 1.7 percent increase to the taxpayer if they had not. In addition our budget does not reflect the approximate $320,0000 stimulus package which could be given to RCS on or about September 2009.


May 13, 2009: Obama's record needs examination

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To The Editor:
I am not sure if the various news media have given much coverage to the following accomplishments of President Obama since his inauguration.


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