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I, for one, am tired of hysterical few in the Catskill Heritage Alliance raising absurd, outdated complaints about The Belleayre Resort.


Belleayre's start in 1947

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To The Editor:
It was the first week of July in 1947. Four men started to cut a road from the main road back into the forest to where the garage for Belleayre Ski Center is now located.

Back then, people were complaining about the traffic, etc. But it was OK. Many jobs were created and business was good.
I was one of those four men. I support The Resort and I hope you will also.

Odell Reynolds,
Kingston


Come out and vote

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To The Editor:
Members of the Margaretville Central School Community will have the opportunity to elect a member
of the Board of Education next Tuesday, May 21 from 2 to 8 p.m.

This year we have two candidates that represent a choice in representation of our community. Please come out to vote on the budget, and for the candidate of your choice.
Then enjoy the 5-12 grade choral concert at 7 p.m. Thank you.

Sue Allen,
Arkville


Unfair tax treatment

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To The Editor:
I own property in Halcottsville.  As such, although a Middletown resident, the property I own is in the Roxbury Central School District and accordingly subject to Roxbury school tax.  
I received a proposed Roxbury Central School Budget Information Brochure for the 2013-’14 budget year.  The budget totals $10 million.  Based on a New York Times article, the Roxbury Central School student population in June of 2012 was 324 students.  That works out to a cost of approximately $31,000 per student.  


Illogical conclusions

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To The Editor:
The opposition to the Belleayre Resort relies on fear mongering.  A case in point is the suggestion that The Resort will be turned into a casino, which was implied in their half-page ad in the May 8 issue of the Catskill Mountain News.


Andes Works supports resort

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To The Editor:
Andes Works! is a collection of Andes residents, both long-timers and newcomers, who have joined together to foster a sustainable economy that benefits all of our residents. We are committed to supporting area businesses, farmers, entrepreneurs, and workforce by supporting projects that build an economy that entices young families to move to the area, even as we work to protect all that we hold dear here — our clean air, our water, our quiet rural landscape, and our small towns.


It has earned our support

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Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and also to Daniel Whitehead at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.


Much needed life

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To The Editor:
 Please include me among those that enthusiastically support the proposed enhancements to Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, and the development of The Resort at Catskill Park. I also support turning the rail tracks into a trail for safe biking and hiking, even if that means the end to the railroad in Ulster County. 


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