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March 25, 2009: Let's get to work as a village

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To The Editor:
It is my great honor to thank the community of Fleischmanns for choosing me to be their next mayor. I am grateful and humbled by the support that I have received. I would like to thank both Malcolm Becker and Harriet Grossman for their years of service and I look forward to working together in the future.


March 25, 2009: Who will pay if resort is built?

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To The Editor:
In reply to Crossroads’ PR director’s letter last week, we ask, how dare she question Susana Margolis’ sense of reality? To quote the Crossroads’ spokesperson,  “The State of New York will not be investing a single penny in a private enterprise related to Crossroads Ventures, and the Belleayre Resort.”
What about the hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars spent already on the SEQR process?


March 25, 2009: Everyone in Shandaken should care

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To The Editor:
It’s frightening to read a zoning law proposed in Shandaken. This proposal is a shocking example of shortsighted abuse of political power to legislate against one individual to the detriment of everyone else.


March 25, 2009: Zoning amendment is obnoxious

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To The Editor:
Well, de-ja-vu!
Remember the 400-plus-concerned Shandaken citizens who came forward to tell that comprehensive committee just where the bear was? Well, it’s time to rise up again! The proposed local law to amend chapter 116 of the zoning law of the Town of Shandaken to regulate farm stands is obnoxious at best!


March 18, 2009: We need Murphy in Congress

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To The Editor:
It feels right — Kirsten Gillibrand asking us to support Scott Murphy as her replacement in Congress. Like Kirsten, when Murphy launched his campaign a few weeks ago, he was an unknown Democrat running against a career politician in a district gerrymandered for a Republican. No one gave him a chance either. Like Gillibrand, however, Murphy’s poll numbers are rapidly rising as people get to know him.


March 18, 2009: Support sought in village election

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To The Editor:
As a candidate for mayor for the Village of Margaretville it has been a heartwarming experience for me to visit with you, our village residents, over the past several weeks. I would like to thank all of you for your kind words and gracious welcome. I know how much you care about your community.


March 18, 2009: The truth about my candidacy

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To The Editor:
I returned to Margaretville and made my home here because of the neighborly, small town feeling that seemed to pervade every aspect of life. When I ran for the village board four years ago and was elected, my decision seemed to be justified. Even though we’ve not always agreed with each other, most people, even opponents, have remained positive and respectful. So I was shocked at Carol O’Beirne’s negative ad attacking me last week.


March 18, 2009: Sad commentary on Belleayre Resort

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To The Editor:
Susanna Margolis writes some amazing letters but last week’s topped them all. Comparing plans to expand Belleayre Mountain Ski Center with the construction of Yankee Stadium is a colorful fantasy that has no basis in reality. Let me count the ways.


March 11, 2009: Scott Murphy will be a vital asset

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To The Editor:
The author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," Steven Covey, said this: "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies your freedom and power to choose your response. In those responses lies your growth and your happiness."


March 11, 2009: Ready to serve as village mayor

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To The Editor:
As one of the mayoral candidates in the impending Village of Fleischmanns election, I remind residents that it is their civic responsibility to get out and vote.
This country was founded on principles that allow the public to have choices and a voice in the process. Robert Hutchins, a famous educator and president of the University of Chicago, once wrote, “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference and undernourishment.” With these words in mind I argue that your vote on the local level is perhaps more important than ever.


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