Mailbag

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.


"Do unto others" bears remembering

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To The Editor:
What kind of people are you?
Before I write one more word on the above statement, I would like to say a well-deserved thank you to NYS Trooper Burkert and the Margaretville and Arkville fire departments and all the personnel who responded to the horrific vehicle accident on my road at 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 1.


It certainly can't be any worse

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To The Editor:
I am truly amazed that the Village of Fleischmanns cannot come to grips with the need to stop delaying the bridge issue. A bridge is needed, without it we are just cementing our position as a shantytown rather than a vacation destination.  


Food bank needs donations

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To The Editor:
The Andes Food Bank, in association with Andes Central School, is piloting an initiative to help stretch the family budget and promote healthy eating habits among the children of Andes.


Thanks for support of Fairview Library

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To The Editor:
I write to express the appreciation of the Fairview Public Library’s staff and trustees to everyone in the community that contributed so generously to the benefit auction a week ago. The benefit honored the life and contributions of Cheryl Stelter and featured her wonderful collection of fly fishing gear, collectables featuring fly-fishing motifs and many other testaments to her love of the outdoor life in the Catskills.


Bed tax hinders those trying to help

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To The Editor:
As a former full-time resident who has spent thousands of dollars fixing up my home to make it a quality lodging alternative to rent to visitors, I am disappointed in my county supervisors adding a two percent bed tax to the modest rental returns on my home.


Dissolve the Village Board

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To The Editor:
I was recently informed, I hope erroneously, that several Fleischmanns Village Board members do not want to open the village pool this year “because of financial considerations.”
The pool is one of two major recreational resources in the area that help to define Fleischmanns. If these people can’t find constructive ways to keep a small pool open, can’t rebuild a small but locally important bridge, and can’t repave small village streets, then what exactly are they being paid for?


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