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Hang up the Lederhosen

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To The Editor:
After 13 fantastic and authentic Oktoberfest fundraisers, the members of the German-American Club of the Northern Catskills have decided to cancel this year’s event, which was scheduled for October 19 at Belleayre’s Discovery Lodge.


time to reduce gun deaths

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To The Editor:
In early April, we met with our Congressman, Chris Gibson, asking him to take positive steps to address the disease of gun violence that contributes enormously to the U.S.A.’s violent death rate running some five-to-10 times higher than other First World, leading economic nations.


Our area's future is now

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Editor’s note: Following is the text of testimony given by Fleischmanns resident John Hoeko on May 29 at the public hearing at Belleayre Ski Center regarding the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

To The Editor:
Hi, for those who don’t know me, I am John Hoeko, a lifelong fly fisherman, skier, and golfer. Most of all I am an ardent conservationist.
Let’s walk back through time.


Inevitable lawsuits

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Editor’s note. The following letter was addressed to Daniel Whitehead, DEC Region 3 Environmental Permit Administrator. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Mr. Whitehead:
This letter is in response to the DEC’s April 17th advice that comments on the current draft Plan for Belleayre’s Management and the SDEIS for Crossroads Ventures’ proposed development should both be addressed to you.


Is there no room for our plan?

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To The Editor:
We have been working on developing Route 30 in Delaware County for tourism and its consequent economic benefits. The route includes five townships: Hancock, Colchester, Andes, Middletown, and Roxbury.


Many appreciate the work

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To The Editor:
I would like to send my appreciation to whoever did the wonderful job on the Halcottsville Cemetery grounds on Old River Road. The cemetery has not looked so pristine since my husband passed away in 2008.

It will be so nice to visit and pay respect to loved ones and not have to mow or weed whack. Again, thank you to all involved and I hope it continues to look as beautiful as it does now. I know many appreciate all of the work as I do. Thank you.

Wilma J. Lindner,
Halcottsville


Belleayre's promise

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To The Editor:
When Belleayre Mountain was opened with the first chair lift in New York State, it immediately became a point of pride for everyone in the region and a magnet for visitors who had, until then, rarely visited the mountains during winter months.


More objectivity, less cheerleading

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To The Editor:
It seems everyone is jumping on the resort bandwagon and, after attending the informational meeting last week, I have to concede that the plans do sound exciting.  


Two women, same name and address

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To The Editor:
This is in regards to the Police Blotter in last week’s Catskill Mountain News where you reported the arrest of Cheryl A. Myers of Fleischmanns. 

First of all, I’m not blaming the newspaper for this.
My name is also Cheryl A. Myers, I’m also from Fleischmanns, and I’m about the same age as the woman who was arrested. My partner and I own Pepacton Bait and Tackle in Arkville, I work at Belleayre, I have a child at MCS, I have no grandchildren, and I’m not the Cheryl A. Myers who was arrested.


Look at the real solution

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To The Editor:
Support for the Constitution and Leatherstocking pipelines is based primarily on the false promise of affordable shale gas. False, since the price of this gas is too volatile to make it a reliable energy source in the future. 

With so much drilling, and not much demand, there is now a glut of gas. Because of this, prices sank from over $13 a unit in 2008 to under $2 in 2011. Today the price is about $4. Yet the breakeven cost of production is over $8. The volatile price of gas will be determined not by local costs but worldwide supply and demand. 


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