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Is it too much to ask?

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To The Editor:
Hostility toward the New York Safe Act, passed within days of the Sandy Hook massacre, has more to do with private property than gun rights. 


Getting what you deserve

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To The Editor:
The Obama administration is being forced to back off its plan to bomb yet another defenseless Third World country, in this case Syria. It is a tremendous setback for the Pentagon’s Dogs of War. Our Washington/New York/Hollywood axis ruling class has been stymied since it is being increasingly opposed domestically but even more so internationally. No one will now take on the war mongers running the USA directly, but lots of small and not-so-small coalitions, combined with the continued growth of The Tea Party, the Internet and the Social Media has, over time, created an effective opposition to our government’s policies of wars without end.


Belleayre skiers take issue with parking

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Editor’s note: The News rarely publishes unsigned letters but reserves the right to make exceptions to that practice. Although unsigned, the following letter is benign, makes an interesting argument, and the editor thought it would be of general interest to the paper’s readers. It would, of course, be a better and more compelling letter if the writers had taken credit for their work.

To The Editor:
With the takeover of Belleayre by ORDA, there have been so many great changes making the mountain better than ever for loyal patrons and new guests of Belleayre. However, it remains absolutely mind boggling to the vast majority of us that the employees of the mountain are allowed to park in the main parking lots (upper and lower) of the Overlook Lodge.


Issues with the NY SAFE Act

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To The Editor:
NYS SAFE Act is still a hot topic in New York State.  It has been a little over a year since our governor under a so called, Measure of Necessity, and without conforming to legislative procedures, pushed this act into law.


Two wealthy families' war against the resort

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To the Editor:
 As is often the case, there is a story behind the story.  The Catskill Mountain News reported last week more than 70 people attended the Middletown Planning Board’s public hearing on the proposed Belleayre Resort.  The overwhelming opinion of those in attendance was in support of the resort, but as I listened to the arguments opposed to the resort, I was struck by the fact that two wealthy families, both second home owners, are pursuing their legal and financial war against the resort.


Questions about the Bed Tax

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Editor’s note: The following letter is addressed to Mike Triolo, supervisor of the Town of Stamford. The author asked that it be published here as a letter to the editor.

To The Editor:
I recently read the minutes of the September 25, 2013 meeting of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. 
Quoting the minutes:  “In answer to Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Triolo stated that he did not believe the bed tax would deter tourism in the county as all other of the surrounding counties have implemented a bed tax.”


Thanks for senior ski prices

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To The Editor:
I would like to commend the Olympic Regional Development Authority for keeping the over 70 senior price for a one-day ski pass at Belleayre to $20. Thank you Mr. Blazer and your staff.
What about Gore Mountain and Whiteface to follow Belleayre’s price?
Once again Mr. Blazer, thank you for listening to us seniors.

John Chimento,
Bovina


Delaware County Drug Task Force

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To The Editor:
As the drug problem in Delaware County continues to accelerate at a dangerous rate, and threatens to excessively burden our county finances and play havoc with families and businesses on many levels, it is important that we all participate in fighting Delaware County’s war on drugs.


Are you satisfied with America?

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To The Editor:
It is being able to “print” endless amounts of money through little more than computer entries that Washington is able to not only spend massive amounts of dollars building its extraordinarily unconstitutional secret Police State to spy upon us but also as wasted funds being spent on our endless imperial wars. These dollars should have been used on upgrading our crumbling infrastructures and providing desperately needed services for our own people instead of being used to fund an international killing machine.


We're stuck in the middle on taxes

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To The Editor:
Roxbury Central School enrollment has declined by 30 children according to Superintendent Thomas O’Brien. A huge decrease for a school in the 365-pupil range.  Also announced by MCS Superintendent Tony Albanese was a decline of between 15 and 29 children in Margaretville Central School to below 400.


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