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Burning forestland in Colonial times

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To The Editor:
A new book shows that it was colonial settlers who practiced burning forestland in colonial times.  “Muncie Indian Trade in Ulster County, New York, 1712 -1732”, published last year by Syracuse U. Press, translates the log book of an unnamed Dutch Kingston trader, and has an entire section devoted to sales and services with early Native Americans. The old accounts record was discovered amongst Philip Schuyler’s papers, now in the archives of the NY Public Library.


What neighbors do for each other

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To The Editor:
Friday, July 11, my husband took our dog Tonto to the state park land at the end of Lower Birch Creek Road (UBC). Some swimmers were there. Bam! A blast from their boom box made him bolt. Then he did what he does best. He went on “walkabout.” After all, he is a double Aussie – Australian Shepherd and Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Healer). That’s why he has a GPS on his collar.


Comments on Andes pool issues

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To The Editor:
This letter is in response to Andes Town Supervisor Martin Donnelly’s letter in last week’s Catskill Mountain News regarding the ongoing problems with the opening of the Andes pool. I would like to address his letter point by point.
Donnelly states, “Unfortun­ately, we are not clairvoyant as we would 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.”  


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.


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