Mailbag

Rail with Trail is the best alternative

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To The Editor:
Since moving to Minneapolis a little more than two years ago, I have mostly avoided commentary and involvement in Shandaken politics. It would be improper given the fact that I’m no longer in the area save for an occasional visit. However, the ongoing, vociferous debate surrounding the railroad and proposed rail-trail is a personal one given my family’s long-time involvement with the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR). I’d like to share a few thoughts and offer a pubic defense of the railroad in the face of uninformed attacks on its legitimacy and leadership.

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No tax dollars used on students' trip

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To The Editor:
I was happy to see the wonderful article in last week’s paper about the joint Margaretville/ Roxbury trip to Europe this past July. Firsthand, I know how rewarding it was since my own wife and daughter participated.
I am writing this letter to clarify that although the article used phrases such as “teachers, students, and parents,” it was not a school-sanctioned activity and no tax dollars were used to fund it. This was a privately organized venture that was coordinated around the school community but was funded wholly by the participants.

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Request shows lack of understanding

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To The Editor:
The Board of Directors of the Belleayre Conservatory has pas­sed a resolution taking strong issue with the Office of Comptroller DiNapoli’s findings and suggestions in regard to the relationship between ORDA and the Conservatory.


Hard pressed to understand

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To The Editor:
As the time has come for the long-awaited decision on the DEC’s review of the Belleayre Resort Project, one cannot help but wonder if the bureaucratic bottleneck will continue.


Thrilled to have facility

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To The Editor:
As new and avid swimmers we are happy to have an opportunity to begin exercising again at the Catskill Recreation Center. The pool is magnificent; there is a fully equipped workout room, various exercise programs, great staff, and highly trained lifeguards and instructors. We are very grateful to have this wonderful addition to our community.
The hours are very convenient and afford many people the opportunity of exercising before or after work. The staff has been very accommodating to our local students in the Margaretville/Fleischmanns Recreation Program. We can’t say enough how thrilled we are to have this facility. We encourage everyone to visit the facility and have fun!

Linda Taylor, Carol Norwick, and Nancy Millen
Margaretville Central School staff


Correcting the record

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To the Editor:
A recent obituary for Robert Purcell of Roxbury has disturbed us deeply, primarily out of empathy and concern for persons who may have suffered as a result of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy.


No charitable contributions required

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To The Editor:
I read with interest the article appearing in last week’s edition reporting on the Comptroller’s evaluation of ORDA’s finances. Particularly the comments by Mel Litoff and Gary Gailes.
The meaning of ORDA’s charter being a public benefits corporation and not one for-profit is clear. As is “supporting a public recreational and cultural amenity that seeks to improve the quality of life for people in the surrounding community while stimulating the regional economy.”


Burning forestland in Colonial times

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To The Editor:
A new book shows that it was colonial settlers who practiced burning forestland in colonial times.  “Muncie Indian Trade in Ulster County, New York, 1712 -1732”, published last year by Syracuse U. Press, translates the log book of an unnamed Dutch Kingston trader, and has an entire section devoted to sales and services with early Native Americans. The old accounts record was discovered amongst Philip Schuyler’s papers, now in the archives of the NY Public Library.


What neighbors do for each other

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To The Editor:
Friday, July 11, my husband took our dog Tonto to the state park land at the end of Lower Birch Creek Road (UBC). Some swimmers were there. Bam! A blast from their boom box made him bolt. Then he did what he does best. He went on “walkabout.” After all, he is a double Aussie – Australian Shepherd and Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Healer). That’s why he has a GPS on his collar.


Comments on Andes pool issues

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To The Editor:
This letter is in response to Andes Town Supervisor Martin Donnelly’s letter in last week’s Catskill Mountain News regarding the ongoing problems with the opening of the Andes pool. I would like to address his letter point by point.
Donnelly states, “Unfortun­ately, we are not clairvoyant as we would have been able to foresee a problem prior to July 4th and saved all of us from the angry rhetoric, indicating we put a damper on some of your 4th of July plans.”  


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