Editorials

Excuses not factual

After sitting through several hours of comments about Belleayre proposals, I still have two questions. If not this, what? If not now, when?

I heard many speakers use “scare” words we’ve heard for 15 years - words and phrases that don’t even need full sentences around them to stimulate knee-jerk reactions: sprawl, mega, massive, casino, pesticides, stormwater, community character, menial jobs, traffic, ridge line development.
But thankfully, it seems those words no longer have the power to frighten as they once did and the old arguments don’t hold up.


Resort poses no risk

By Richard D. Sanford, Editor
Regulators should take a macro view and give The Resort at Catskill Park and the planned expansion of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center some “cap and trade” credit when they consider the environmental impact of the two projects on the Catskill Region.


Guest Editorial: Resort project brings hope

By Lewis E. Kolar
Retired Banker, M-ARK Project, Campaign Treasurer Margaretville Memorial Hospital, Chairman Andes Alliance, a Founding Member of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, Chairman Partners for Progress


Guest Editorial: Resort key to turnaround

By Dennis Metnick


Guest Editorial: Make your voice heard

By Tom White, Chairman
Coalition to Save Belleayre


Guest Editorial:Utilize the investment

By Peg Ellsworth, Executive Director
MARK Project

The MARK Project, a regional economic and community development organization, fully supports The Belleayre Resort Project and the expansion of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, and views these projects as an obvious economic benefit to the region. That being said, it is now time to work together with the developers, ORDA, and New York State to interweave the investments on the mountain with our communities to ensure the outcome is mutually beneficial.


Guest Editorial: Nine million tourists just two hours away

By Dave Riordan, Executive Director
Catskill Revitalization Corp, Inc.


Guest Editorial: Elected officials back resort

By Olive Supervisor Bert Leinfeldt, Middletown Supervisor Marge Miller, Halcott Supervisor Innes Kasanof, Andes Supervisor Marty Donnelly, Roxbury Supervisor Tom Hynes, Fleischmanns Mayor Todd Pascarella, Margaretville Mayor Diana Cope


Guest Editorial: Belleayre offers balanced solution

By Glen Faulkner, General Manager  
Margaretville Telephone Company

The downsized Belleayre Resort Project, as currently presented, offers the investment and economic growth opportunities crucial to the sustainability of our community.


Guest Editorial: Project needed for area turnaround

By Todd Pascarella,
Mayor of Fleischmanns

The “Project.” It’s practically a four-letter word when uttered in the Catskills these days. Fifteen years after first being proposed, the Belleayre Resort saga has become the embodiment of everything that is wrong and right with modern society.

Wrong because it is another wedge issue among what seems to be an ever growing list of political wedge issues polarizing us.


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