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April 16, 2008: Make or break

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April 9, 2008: Forgotten periods

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To The Editor:
I just wanted to say how delighted I was to read Bill Birns’ column regarding the indigenous groups that once inhabited this area seasonally. 
I am an archaeologist teaching and working on my Ph.D. at Binghamton University. Since moving here last summer I have been surprised at the many artifacts I have found while hiking around with my family.


April 9, 2008: Dirty pool

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To The Editor:
Americans need to have an honest discussion about security. Sadly, “Defense of Democracies” has been airing a scare tactic ad targeting U.S. Representative freshmen, including Kirsten Gillibrand. The ad claims the House refused to vote on a Terrorist Surveillance Bill, went on vacation and crippled new surveillance needs. This is deliberately dishonest by omission.


April 9, 2008: Blind Eye

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To The Editor:
On March 19 at the Roxbury Planning Board meeting, I asked the planning board to ask a question of the engineer from Labella. In the Moresville Energy documents, Stamford Application appendix H, and the DEIS appendix O, was a statement by the manufacturer (Vestas) concerning their employees and maintenance workers. In the Safety Regulations for Operators and Technicians, section 2, it tells employees “Do not stay within a radius of (1,300 feet) from the turbine unless it is necessary.”
One or two days later, Invenergy answered that question by simply removing this information from their Web site.


April 9, 2008: Be very careful

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To The Editor:
In recent months, some area landowners have received oil and gas leases that give a drilling company the right to enter upon the property and drill for oil or gas. These leases are enticing because they offer the landowner up-front money, generally a dollar value per acre, in order to sign the lease. However, these leases are binding on the property and affect one’s legal rights in and to the premises.


April 9, 2008: Worth the effort

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To The Editor:
I recently read that 250 people in Grand Gorge signed a negative petition against the proposed intersection safety project and understand it was circulated and signed before the DOT representatives gave their three-hour presentation at the Civic Center.


April 9, 2008: Truly wonderful

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To The Editor:
In nearly 20 years of living here, I have never written a letter to the Catskill Mountain News. While I recognize the paper’s need to keep everyone up-to-date on current bowling scores, who’s visiting or dining with whom, the top-rated Area Police News, our local school athletic programs, etc., your new column by Bill Birns, “A Catskill Catalog,” is truly wonderful.


April 2, 2008: Stick to skiing

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To The Editor:

The signs at the Albany protest by the Coalition to Save Belleayre were pleading to keep Belleayre open and publicly owned. But how did Belleayre suddenly find itself in jeopardy? If the coalition had confined its activities to skiing and swimming and music, rather than being the cheering section for Crossroads Ventures’ controversial mega-development, the ski center would not be in the precarious position it is in today.


April 2, 2008: Feel compelled

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To The Editor:

Wow, I never planned to write this letter, as I didn’t want to sound like sour grapes. In light of the attitudes of the two write-in candidates who won, I felt compelled.
For Mr. Miller and Mr. Budin to feel that they have the support of the residents of the Village of Margaretville after receiving 25 votes is sad and pathetic.


March 26, 2008: Makes her sick

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To The Editor:

Let me get this straight. Deborah Meyer DeWan of The Catskill Center for Conservation is happy because the additional ski development for the east side of Belleayre is being withdrawn. She apparently feels that these new ski trails would be a problem to the “environmentally sensitive region” and would run the risk of damaging the watershed and the “Forever Wild” lands adjacent to it.


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