Mailbag

Writer was in a hurry

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 To The Editor:
Mr. Moskowitz’ recent article about the “multi-cultural scene” in Fleischmanns seems to be all about the money.  What he has to say about the Hasidic community and that “their money is the same color green as everyone else’s” is a poor focus for a rich subject.


Story was highly offensive

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To The Editor:
In the July 17- 23 Catskill Mountain News article, “Multi-cultural scene common sight in Fleischmanns,” writer Joe Moskowitz has appointed himself an expert on Hasidic Jewish customs and mores.  

Mr. Moskowitz’s remarks are inaccurate and display a lack of research and knowledge. These are not attributes of a qualified journalist.  He expresses only negative views about a culture and religion of which he knows little to nothing.  This article is highly offensive.

Anita Rubin,
Fleischmanns


Let this be a warning to others

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To The Editor:
I am writing this letter in response to the four-paragraph write up I merited in the Catskill Mountain News police blotter back in May.

The report said I “abused” my grandson and hit him in the head.
First of all, if anyone thinks like I do; when the read the word “abuse” it gives the connotation of extreme physical bodily harm or sexual assault (not a slap in the face).

Second, I neither physically nor sexually assaulted him. I slapped his mouth for talking back; missed his mouth and caught him on the right cheek hard enough to leave a bruise.


Disappointed in Sierra Clud

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To the Editor:
Last week, I received an e-mail from the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club exhorting people to write in to protest the proposed Belleayre Resort and Belleayre Ski Center build out. The language that they used was so inaccurate and hyperbolic that I want to make sure that people understand that they do not speak for the environmental community in this area.

In an effort to do that, I would like to share what I wrote to them (with no response to date) in an effort to set the record straight. Here is what I sent:


Just don't parrot statistics

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To The Editor:
With regard to the petition that you included in your most recent issue, how can a well-regarded, responsible newspaper quote and support statistical numbers and estimates conjured up by paid lobbyists rather than seeking objective, empirical data as to the possible benefits to people and businesses in this area? It is a well-known fact that people staying at all-inclusive resorts tend to be endomorphic and stay “on the reservation.”


Keep Belleayre's promise

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To The Editor;
One of the reasons I have a home in the central Catskill Region is the existence of Belleayre Mountain.

It has been a major magnet to the area for decades and our family, our friends and those who visit us here all enjoy it.

You don’t have to be a skier to benefit from Belleayre. The area brings people to the local businesses here in both summer and winter – keeping the shops afloat for all the rest of us.


What are we waiting for?

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To The Editor:
I have suggested this idea before and bring it to the table once again. The wonderful team of the successful Pine Hill Community Center is hosting a community open house/screening to unveil a new documentary by Jessica Vecchione: “Inside the Pine Hill Community Center” on July 31 at 6:30 p.m....a story of its success due to the hard work of many community folks, and its support by the community itself.


Your support is appreciated

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To The Editor:
    Many years ago I helped organize an art exhibition and silent auction to benefit CRAS, our local AIDS-support organization.  When we started this event we didn’t anticipate its tremendous popularity and its impact on artists and art enthusiasts. 

As the event grew, we auctioned around 100 works of art each year.  When CRAS folded, the event stopped but many people told me that they missed it and the Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) decided to reorganize it as a RAG benefit with some of the proceeds going back to the donating-artists. 


No bashing needed

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To The Editor:
It’s amazing how Joan Lawrence-Bauer can bash and yet attempt to applaud Plattekill for what it has accomplished since its inception. She should try to be more optimistic about the Catskill Region rather than downplay Mr. Vajtay’s attempt to run a mountain while competing with a state-run organization.


Margaretville School Board must act

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To The Editor:
I am incredulous, but once again I must address the Margaretville Central School Board of Education on the issue of grading.

I was called on July 3 and told that my son’s chemistry final average was to be lowered by two points because the teacher used a final exam rather than the Regents in the calculation.
Clearly every check and balance that was supposed to be in place to eliminate grade problems failed.


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