Mailbag

County cemetery in disrepair

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To The Editor:
During the middle to the 1800s, Delaware County decided it was time to build a home to take care of the old, those that could not take care of themselves and families couldn’t take care of them either or perhaps their mental condition was such as they took special care. This was for adults as well as children. All ages were taken care of. As time passed, they had to take care of those that passed away and so the county developed a cemetery. Ages of the patients ranged from birth to one person that was over 100 when she passed away.


Serve with dignity, fairness, diligence

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To The Editor:
I write this letter to give the voting public in the Town of Middletown a better picture of why I am running for Town of Middletown Justice. I have an operating law practice in Margaretville and I am a graduate of Margaretville Central School, Binghamton University and Albany Law School.  I am running for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Glen George and, if elected, I would serve along with Gary Rosa as the justices for the town.  


sign wars of the times

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To The Editor:
The October 16 edition of Catskill Mountain News had a posting by Mr. Gavette of Margaretville in the mailbag section decrying the acts of vandalism and theft of Nelson Delameter’s campaign signs. After reading this I thought it might be best to drive around the Town of Middletown and look for the 100 signs that the Middletown Republican Committee had paid for and placed along the roads. I was shocked to discover that fully two thirds of the signs that were placed beginning around the first of October are missing!


Catskill Recreation Center thanks

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To The Editor:
Now that the steel is going up for the roof of the Catskill Recreation Center on county Route 38, I write to publicly thank the Middletown Town Board, Supervisor Marjorie Miller, and the Middletown government administrators for having expeditiously supported this project.
Scheduled for completion in the spring of 2014, it should provide yet another amenity for the residents of our area.

Kingdon Gould, Jr.,
Arkville


A missed opportunity at the mountain

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To The Editor:
My wife and I attended the Belleayre Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 12. The weather was spectacular. However, I wish I could say the same about the event itself – it was pretty dismal. Excluding the food concessions (a bar, one poor attempt at German food, and a pulled pork stand), there were probably only six vendors.


Unclaimed funds could be yours

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To The Editor:
During these poor economic times I believe that we as a community need to help each other whenever possible.
I would like to bring to the attention of my community the website of the “New York State Comptroller for UnclaimedFunds” https://ouf.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/.
“For your protection, banks, insurance companies, utilities, investment companies and many other businesses are required by state law to surrender inactive accounts to the state. These accounts are known as “lost,” “abandoned,” or “unclaimed” funds.


Supervisor thinks she is above the law

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To The Editor:
It is common knowledge that the Middletown Town Supervisor Marge Miller was involved in forging a change in an updated agreement between the town and the City of New York. What is not known is why it was done, what are the potential consequences, and if anything is being done to deal with it.


Scrap the rails and make trails

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To The Editor:
There are better ideas than railroads for Highmount. Perhaps there are better ways to use what is currently the rail trail enjoyed by hikers between Highmount and Pine Hill than an expensive rebuilding of the tracks with an uncertain return for the community.
It’s difficult to see the extension of the railroad as a big draw for tourism. I just don’t foresee many people driving three hours from New York City to ride the railroad between Highmount and Pine Hill. It’s not going to happen.


Looking for a special senior pal?

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To The Editor:
Are you 60 years of age or older? Have you been looking for that very special cat or dog for a loving companion, but are unable to afford the expense of vet bills, spaying/neutering, etc.?
Well, your search may be over. You may qualify to adopt a senior homeless cat or dog living at the shelter.
Through a grant from the Werner Dannsheimer Testament Fund, the Heart of the Catskill Humane Society is able to provide a loving cat or dog, five years old or older who has been waiting to meet that special someone to give them love and companionship.


Many issues concerning 'bed tax'

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To The Editor:
The Delaware County Supervisors’ debate and proposal for a county “bed tax” sounds like a way of raising funds to boast tourism for our county. However, in these economic times, do we really want to have another tax in our county?  We are trying to get people to come and stay in our county who would shop, go to restaurants, golf, ski, hunt and fish. Why should they stay in Delaware County and pay an extra tax to stay here?  They can stay in Ulster or Green county and not pay an extra tax.


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