Mailbag

Start small, build smart

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To The Editor:
 Goodness, what an explosion of outrage from John Michelotti. The object of his choleric diatribe? The Catskill Heritage Alliance, whose members, according to Michelotti, rant, are irrational and deceitful, feign concern for the environment, and in general are “just another loud group of extremists” who are “forcing” their opinions “onto the entire community.” Really? I doubt very much that any individual, much less an “entire community,” can be forced to adopt a particular opinion. Persuaded maybe, but forced? I don’t think so.


Say no to Fleischmanns bridge

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To The Editor:
Please register my voice/vote as one in favor of the construction of the Belleayre Resort and the development of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center to the fullest extent possible under the state constitution.


Tourism creates opportunity

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To The Editor:
Please register my voice/vote as one in favor of the construction of the Belleayre Resort and the development of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center to the fullest extent possible under the state constitution.


Better health, more fun

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To The Editor:
As you might be aware, May is National Bicycle month!
A bicycle is defined by law, not as a recreational outlet but as a mode of transportation. Remember to ride WITH the traffic, and ALWAYS wear a proper helmet.

The side benefits of cycling are, better health, both mental and physical, meeting new people, and constantly changing scenery. If you want to join a cycling club, go to catskillmtncyclingclub.com and join. Rides take place on Tuesday evenings, meeting across from Freshtown in Margaretville.


Speak out in support now

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To The Editor:
Not That!  Not Here!  Not Now!  Not Ever!!!!!
So it continues with a small but vocal group known as the Catskill Heritage Alliance. On the record as being against cell towers, against full expansion of the Belleayre Ski Center, against the Belleayre Resort and against unrestricted public use of newly acquired state lands. What they are in favor of is severely restricting the use of private property – your property – for any uses that they deem unfit.


Wake up to the realities

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To The Editor:
I just returned to my longtime home in Highmount and bought this week’s Catskill Mountain News. I can scarcely believe what it contained: two pages of Mailbag, every line of which mail is enthusiastically cheerleading for the Belleayre Resort. Add to that one-half page of ads, all by local Middletown area businesses backing the Resort, for which ads they presumably pay you. Is there any conflict of interest there, between such advertisers and your editorial policy?


The irony of his silence

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To The Editor:
I have read with great interest the editorials and letters in support of the The Resort at Catskill Park and an expanded Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.  I would like to share with your readers what this project would mean to me, not in theoretical terms, but in realistic ones.


Imagine Lake Placid

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To The Editor
Thirty-three years ago my family and I moved to Andes. The almost pristine beauty of this region can and does have a magical effect on you soul. But, our economy now is almost non-existent and continues to deteriorate due to the lack of jobs. Sixteen years ago I was elected Supervisor of the Town of Andes. One year later I stood before you asking for your support of the Belleayre Resort project. This project represents a $400 million private-sector investment in our economy and the region.


MFD actively supports resort

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To The Editor:
Many years ago when I was Chairman of the Middletown Planning Board, I was involved in discussions of the original plan for the Crossroads Ventures Resort. The planning board spent many hours going over the plan and its accompanying data. Hearings were held and, as usual, the most vocal commenters were against the proposal. The outcome of these initial hearings led the project’s leaders to go back to the drawing board, so to speak. The results of a downsized plan are now on the table and, unfortunately, many of the same naysayers are still nay saying.


Speak up and support

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To The Editor:
I, for one, am tired of hysterical few in the Catskill Heritage Alliance raising absurd, outdated complaints about The Belleayre Resort.


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