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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. 


Your legacy will be

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Editor’s note: The following letter was written to Daniel T. Whitehead, Regional Permit Administrator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 3 Headquarters. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Mr. Whitehead:
Your legacy will be either, “The man who saved the Catskill Park” or, “The man who let it be raped by the almighty dollar.”
I pray you make the right decision. Please save our beautiful park and way of life.

Hap Roell,
Highmount


We need this resort

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To The Editor:
The Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park naysayers, have views that are irrelevant.
They do not understand today’s issues. It’s time for the leaders of Save the Mountain, Catskill Heritage Alliance and others who want to block development in a tiny part of the Catskills, to start living and thinking in the present. However narrow, but well intentioned, their view was 15 years ago when the Belleayre Resort was first proposed, it is not relevant or realistic now.


Limit the resort size

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To The Editor:
As local full-time residents, we write to express our opinion that the proposed massive building of a spa resort, conference center, and timeshares on the steep slopes of the Highmount Ridge is a destructive environmental debacle, which will cause long-term environmental damage to our local villages.


The region deserves better

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To The Editor:
Apparently Dave Channon is not a frequent skier at Belleayre Ski Center.  If he were, he would appreciate how absurd it is to describe it in his recent letter as an “elite private playground.”  
Established by the New York State Conservation Department over 65 years ago, Belleayre Ski Center’s mission is to provide the people of New York with an outlet for healthy recreation and establish an economic engine for the Central Catskills.  


Desperately need growth

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To The Editor:
As a fifth-generation resident of the Big Indian/Oliverea Valley, I am writing in support of the expansion of Belleayre Ski Center and for the creation of The Belleayre Resort.

In recent years, I have become acutely aware of the economic decline of our region.  Dozens of shops and restaurants have permanently closed their doors.  Over 75 percent of the land in our town is owned by New York City or New York State who pay the lowest tax rates, leaving the burden of financing schools and local government on individual land owners and businesses.


Resist the wishful thinking

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