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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 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.


March 11, 2009: Who's next on regulation block?

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To The Editor:
The Shandaken Town Board has scheduled a public hearing on their proposed revisions to local zoning law regarding “Seasonal Produce Stands” for 6 p.m. on Monday, March 16. The law, as it is being currently circulated, seeks to limit the size, products, days and hours of operation for these businesses.


March 11, 2009: Bill the public for private projects

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To The Editor:
Haven’t we had enough in this country of taxpayer funding of private enterprises?
Just south of us is a splendid example of this private gouging at the public trough—the new Yankee Stadium.


March 11, 2009: My dream for the Village of Fleischmanns

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To The Editor:
My name is Todd Pascarella and I am running in next Wednesday’s election for Fleischmanns Village Trustee. I believe we are in need of unified leadership, especially in uncertain times. We cannot successfully face today’s economic challenges unless all parts of the community are involved and working together.


March 11, 2009: Forest threatened by many predators

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To The Editor:
Considering the financial melt down in progress this may seem like a minor matter but, it is not for forest landowners in the northeast. We have had many major problems in the past with invasive insects destroying our forests and we are enduring some now that are out of control.


March 11, 2009: We need change in village leadership

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To The Editor:
Everyone who calls Fleischmanns “home” should be concerned about next week’s election. It is an opportunity to exchange leadership content while preserving the status quo, for one who sees Fleischmanns as a member of a larger community of villages all needing the resources and support to improve conditions for their residents.


Keep Belleayre Mountain open

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To The Editor:
I wish New York lawmakers and the governor would seriously re-evaluate the decision to close Belleayre Mountain two weeks early. I can fully understand delaying the opening of Belleayre due to snowmaking costs in the early couple weeks of the season, but closing the mountain two weeks early, I believe, is a disservice to the people of this state.

My reasons are as follows:


Feb. 25, 2009: Learning project a great opportunity

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To The Editor:
After reading Bill Lonecke’s letter last week, I felt compelled to write and make your readers aware of The Experiential Learning Project.
This project began from an idea, multiple discussions with local teenagers, a successful curriculum used in over 1,500 school districts nationwide, and several meetings over one summer five years ago.


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