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March 25, 2010

Letters to the Editor: March 25, 2010

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Does your household income really justify taking the exemption? Those of you with household income over $100,000 think how it would be to live on half of that, or on a third. If you do not know if you claim the exemption, go to www.otsegocounty.com, access the real property tax services department and click on the RPS lookup. Here you can look up your exemptions by your name.



We all understand the need of the food bank and give generously but then go home and don’t think twice about how claiming tax exemptions affect the entire population. Begin this next school year by giving a little relief to those who really need it. Remove your STAR exemption.



Meg Kiernan



Supervisor



Town of Otsego



Column stirred memories



Jim Atwell’s recent column ``Dear Old Earth, still turning’’ touched many chords with me. First, I should declare an interest in said columns as Anne Atwell is my cousin, but that has nothing to do with this letter.



My family has lived in England and we visited the Uffington white horse when the children were very young. I recall their thrill at this hill figure, their joyous leaping around the horse itself, making sure to avoid the chalk, landing only on the grass. (The Uffington White horse is the oldest of the Hill Figures, even though it has, as Jim said a æMatisse-like style.) We have returned many times to the southwest, and as I write this, my coffee mug has a picture of me at the bottom of the hill staring towards the chalk figure. My mouse-pad to my right has another photo of me on it, sitting on the `eye’ of The Cherhill White Horse, after a long afternoon climb.



The Cherhill white horse is a late-19th century figure, and has nothing on the Uffington one.

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