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Disappointed in Sierra Clud

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To the Editor:
Last week, I received an e-mail from the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club exhorting people to write in to protest the proposed Belleayre Resort and Belleayre Ski Center build out. The language that they used was so inaccurate and hyperbolic that I want to make sure that people understand that they do not speak for the environmental community in this area.

In an effort to do that, I would like to share what I wrote to them (with no response to date) in an effort to set the record straight. Here is what I sent:


Just don't parrot statistics

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To The Editor:
With regard to the petition that you included in your most recent issue, how can a well-regarded, responsible newspaper quote and support statistical numbers and estimates conjured up by paid lobbyists rather than seeking objective, empirical data as to the possible benefits to people and businesses in this area? It is a well-known fact that people staying at all-inclusive resorts tend to be endomorphic and stay “on the reservation.”


Keep Belleayre's promise

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To The Editor;
One of the reasons I have a home in the central Catskill Region is the existence of Belleayre Mountain.

It has been a major magnet to the area for decades and our family, our friends and those who visit us here all enjoy it.

You don’t have to be a skier to benefit from Belleayre. The area brings people to the local businesses here in both summer and winter – keeping the shops afloat for all the rest of us.


What are we waiting for?

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To The Editor:
I have suggested this idea before and bring it to the table once again. The wonderful team of the successful Pine Hill Community Center is hosting a community open house/screening to unveil a new documentary by Jessica Vecchione: “Inside the Pine Hill Community Center” on July 31 at 6:30 p.m....a story of its success due to the hard work of many community folks, and its support by the community itself.


Your support is appreciated

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To The Editor:
    Many years ago I helped organize an art exhibition and silent auction to benefit CRAS, our local AIDS-support organization.  When we started this event we didn’t anticipate its tremendous popularity and its impact on artists and art enthusiasts. 

As the event grew, we auctioned around 100 works of art each year.  When CRAS folded, the event stopped but many people told me that they missed it and the Roxbury Arts Group (RAG) decided to reorganize it as a RAG benefit with some of the proceeds going back to the donating-artists. 


No bashing needed

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To The Editor:
It’s amazing how Joan Lawrence-Bauer can bash and yet attempt to applaud Plattekill for what it has accomplished since its inception. She should try to be more optimistic about the Catskill Region rather than downplay Mr. Vajtay’s attempt to run a mountain while competing with a state-run organization.


Margaretville School Board must act

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To The Editor:
I am incredulous, but once again I must address the Margaretville Central School Board of Education on the issue of grading.

I was called on July 3 and told that my son’s chemistry final average was to be lowered by two points because the teacher used a final exam rather than the Regents in the calculation.
Clearly every check and balance that was supposed to be in place to eliminate grade problems failed.


Let Belleayre keep its promise

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To The Editor:
One of the reasons I have a home in the central Catskills Region is the existence of Belleayre Mt. It has been a major magnet to the area for decades and our family, our friends and those who visit us here all enjoy it.


Argument uses flawed logic

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To The Editor:
In a recent letter to the editor, Laszlo Vajtay, owner of Plattekill Mountain Ski Center, says that the plans for Belleayre Mountain are flawed when in reality, it is his logic that is flawed.  Here’s how.
He begins by saying, “I understand the support the Belleayre Mountain expansion project has been receiving, and I acknowledge the positive economic impact it could have.”  Then he goes on to argue against it. 


Read the Constitution

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