Mailbag

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.


Let Belleayre keep its promise

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To The Editor:
One of the reasons I have a home in the central Catskills Region is the existence of Belleayre Mt. 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.


Argument uses flawed logic

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To The Editor:
In a recent letter to the editor, Laszlo Vajtay, owner of Plattekill Mountain Ski Center, says that the plans for Belleayre Mountain are flawed when in reality, it is his logic that is flawed.  Here’s how.
He begins by saying, “I understand the support the Belleayre Mountain expansion project has been receiving, and I acknowledge the positive economic impact it could have.”  Then he goes on to argue against it. 


Read the Constitution

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To The Editor:


Community pride and spirit

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To The Editor:
I’d like to thank the community of Middletown for your overwhelming support of the recent fundraiser for the Community Pantry. Through your monetary donations, purchase of raffle tickets and the car wash, we raised over $1,400 by Wednesday, July 3. The donations were still coming in after the event. This is a great example of true community pride and spirit and I am proud to be a part of that.


Fines can support police

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To The Editor:
I am 57 years old and it had finally sunk in that speeding is a public nuisance and that police officers are public servants who are employed to protect the general public. It is never too late to learn.
Recently I have experienced this nuisance on area roads in and around the Town of Shandaken.  I never thought I would be writing a letter like this, but I believe if a town is experiencing this type of problem then town officials should expand their thinking and the police force and not hold to the ever popular underfunding and undermanned.


True community member

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To The Editor:
We would like to take this opportunity to remember Jacqueline Grocholl and thank her family for a lifetime of selfless volunteerism for our community. Among other efforts, Jackie was the glue that held the Margaretville Pantry together for more than 20 years. Jackie scheduled volunteer staff, drove food to homebound individuals and opened her heart and mind to everyone she encountered. Jackie was also instrumental in re-establishing the food bank as the Community Pantry, lending her advice, time and experience, even while managing deteriorating health.


Not easy running non-profit

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To The Editor:
I have recently attended two wonderful concerts at the Roxbury Arts Group: the Villalobos Brothers and the Jazz Quartet.  

I’d like to thank RAG for providing us with wonderful performances and art exhibits as well as for organizing the Decentralization Grants that provide funds to a large number of artistic endeavors throughout our county and for the art/music programs they have for young people.


Accusation just plain silly

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To The Editor:
Anyone who knows me would probably agree that I am a strong, opinionated, outspoken woman. I might hope that they would also agree with fairly intelligent and hardworking. For 15 years, I have worked at the News with Brian Sweeney.

During these years, we have disagreed on a laundry list of subjects ranging from national and local


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