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Who said print is dead?

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To The Editor:
Just a note to say thanks to you and writer John Bernhardt for the article that he wrote about the East Meredith Depot’s open house. People arrived with the Catskill Mountain News in their hands.  They made journeys from Ulster, Sullivan and Otsego counties.  We had one man who was on a road trip to visit  a friend who had just built a home as a replica of an old station. When I looked in his car there were road atlases and a copy of the News.
So many souls never realized that the depot had been saved and remains as a vital addition to this museum village.  


Buyouts are a win-win

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To The Editor:
I would like to respond to the article written by Dick Sanford in the Catskill Mountain News. Before anyone writes an article in the newspaper they should do the proper research. There was a lot of misinformation or lack of information in the article.


Now more than ever: push for resort

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To The Editor:
It is vitally important that all who support the Belleayre Resort contact Governor Cuomo urging him to communicate to DEC Commissioner Martens the importance of completion of all in-house staff work so that a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will be issued. It is also important that the Governor urges Commissioner Martens to release the Belleayre UMP Unit Management Plan (UMP) that provides for expansion of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center’s trails and related infrastructure. If it is not released in August, it will be forwarded to next year’s budget and a year will be lost.


Reserve hunting for summer months

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To The Editor:
Referring to your article last week on homeowners grappling with the bear population; an early firearms season as a solution to increase the bear “harvest” beginning the Saturday after Labor Day sounds like a bad idea. 
The reason is that residents and visitors are still enjoying the good weather and visitors find our local bears and wildlife to be one of the few attractions here and want to safely enjoy the outdoors. 


Andes pool problem explained

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To The Editor:
This open letter is for those of you who have expressed your concern, disappointment, and downright anger (and you know who you are) to the board, our town clerk, and myself regarding the delay in the opening of the Andes pool.
It’s unfortunate we are not clairvoyant, as we would then have been able to foresee a problem prior to July 4th and saved all of us from the angry rhetoric, indicating “we put a damper on some of your 4th of July plans.”


Don't I have any rights?

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To The Editor:
You are listening to your television. Messages of a hurricane coming up the east coast of the nation keep interrupting the programming. You care, but the hurricane isn’t coming your way, so you want to get back to the show you were watching. Then, comes the big surprise: the hurricane is headed northwest, and you are being warned to stay indoors because of possible winds. Of course, with the downpour outside, you aren’t tempted.


It's simply democracy at work

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To The Editor:
Last week’s letter alleging that partisan politics was behind Supervisor Miller’s failure to be voted to the CWC board was unfortunate. Our national political system has nearly ground to a halt as a result of political bickering and charges of partisan politics. It will take a long time for the many constituencies to “bury the hatchet” so that the federal government can resume meaningful operation. “Thinking globally and acting locally” means that locally we need to make sure that “hatchet” stays in the woodshed and does not get out.


Forbid Land Acquisitions in Villages

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To The Editor:
It seems an appropriate time to weigh in on the highly charg­ed topic of so-called DEP flood buyouts. I do so knowing this issue could literally determine the future existence (or not) of several communities, including and especially the Village of Fleischmanns, where I am currently serving as mayor. My gut reaction upon first hearing a year ago that the DEP was taking the unprecedented step of attempting to buy up improved properties inside of villages and hamlets was that it would quickly turn into a complete PR disaster.


Is Politics Involved?

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To The Editor:
Could any unbiased person understand Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board Pres­ident Triolo’s logic when he argues that the Town of Middle­town is represented on the CWC Board of Directors when the Middletown Supervisor was denied a seat on the board?


CWC's position on buyouts

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To The Editor:
 On behalf of the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), I am responding to Supervisor Miller’s letter to the editor of last week.
CWC is a not for profit local development corporation.  All 39 watershed towns, including Middletown, are voting members of CWC and elect the majority of the CWC Board of Directors. 


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