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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. 


Is history repeating itself

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To The Editor:
As we approach the 4th of July - Independence Day, and reflecting back on our past Memorial Day, a bit of sorrow has overcome me.
Yes, Memorial Day should be a day of remembrance for the brave men and women who have fought for our freedoms and rights and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Have these brave soles suffered or died in vain?


Where are our elected reps?

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To The Editor:
Your piece last week about the irresponsible delay by the DEC in dealing with the resort application was one of your best-written and most-important editorials.
I wonder, where are our elected officials in this matter? Why aren’t our senate and assembly representatives on the state level, and our congressman and senator on the federal level, pushing the DEC to move ahead before the developers pull out of this project and/or the economic decline in the region becomes so bad, school enrollments so small, and taxes so high, that it’s irreversible?
It almost sounds more political than environmental. Hmmmmm!  

Steve Finkel, New Kingston


On the backs of you and me

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To The Editor:
Editor Sanford’s editorial, “Governor, make resort call,” held both inaccuracies and lapses of common sense. The idea that the Belleayre Resort, as proposed, carries “no environmental or social costs” is plainly untrue; consideration of those costs has held up approval for the resort for almost 15 years, while the notion that the resort would be a boon “regardless of whether or not it is ultimately successful” defies rational judgment. Equally profound is the lack of understanding about the wider economic repercussions of what is, after all, a real estate speculation.


Viewpoint is just plain nonsensical

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To The Editor:
With all due respect to Cats­kill Mountain News Editor Dick Sanford, I believe he lacks an understanding of the personal hardship of living in a flood plain. I have been a homeowner in Fleischmanns for approximately 30 years and have been impacted by three floods over that time.  The last one rendered my home virtually uninhabitable.  Even after spending more than $30,000 in 2012, I still lack walls, floors, kitchen and bathrooms.


Middletown was on the record

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To The Editor:
I would like to thank News’ Editor Dick Sanford for expressing his view on the DEP’s attempt to circumvent several vital aspects of the MOA. Particularly, given that no one representing the Town of Middletown or the villages of Fleischmanns and Margaretville sits on the CWC Board, the board that helped NYC create the rules for these proposed buy-outs, we are right to be cautious in the extreme regarding its purpose.


Reasoning is Shortsighted

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To The Editor:
I was startled to read Dick Sanford’s editorial opposing a buyout of flood prone properties in Margaretville or Fleischmanns. His reasoning is shortsighted and very selfish.
As everyone around here knows we’ve had more than our share of major floods over the past 20 years – 1996, 2005 and then Irene in 2011. Three 100-year flood events within a 15-year period. The floods are getting worse and they seem to happen more often. And a “flood plain” is exactly what it sounds like – an area for excess floodwater to go, whether there is a building there or not.


What Happened to the Coronet R/T?

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To The Editor:
Several years ago, Margaretville resident Sally DeMaggio passed away. At that time she owned a 1968 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T. I was the original owner who sold it to her.
I am now interested in finding out what happened to that car? Can you assist me? My email address is bucme@aol.com.
Thank you

Henry Vitan, Palmetto, FL


Rebuild the Fleischmanns Bridge!

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To The Editor,
I am a homeowner in the Village of Fleischmanns and am concerned by your May 22 article, "Fleischmanns Bridge Resolution is Delayed," and the report that there are some in our village who do not want a bridge on Bridge Street.


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