Mailbag

Leaders are making more problems

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To The Editor:
You reported that the Dela­ware County Supervisors voted to pass a two percent bed tax on hotels, B&Bs and motels in order to help the county promote tourism. I believe the tax will have the opposite effect.


Overwhelming Kindness

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To The Editor:
Our family suffered the tragic loss of our home to a fire last September. The number of people who extended kindnesses to us was, and still is, overwhelming.


Small town, big hearts

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To The Editor:
I’d like to thank everyone, especially Chuck and Roger McIntosh, Jim Gohlke, and everyone at the Fairview Library for making possible the wonderful auction on April 26 of Cheryl’s collection of fishing, hunting, camping, and sports gear as a benefit to the library. Cheryl would have been very pleased at your kindness and thoughtfulness.


Honey-hungry bear damages Woodchuck Lodge

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To The Editor:
Help! John Burroughs’ Wood­chuck Lodge was attacked. Actually, the decades-old beehive under the eave was attacked, the Saturday before Easter, by a honey-hungry bear. The bear won the battle, ate the honey, destroyed the hive, and ripped a three-foot-wide hole in John Burroughs’ roof.


Baseball is back in Shandaken

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To The Editor:
This past Saturday, Glenbrook Park in the Town of Shandaken was the site for something that had not happened in the town for more than a decade – an Opening Day celebration for the onset of Little League baseball.


When can we expect a decision?

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Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Joseph Martens, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Commissioner:
It has been 10 months since the public hearings regarding the proposed Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park and eight months since the deadline for written comments. We are dismayed that your department has yet to render a decision.


Enjoyed Fire Tower Puzzle

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To The Editor:
As the volunteer coordinator at the Balsam Lake fire tower, I just wanted to send along a big “thank you” to Trish Adams and the Catskill Mountain News for the recent fire tower logic puzzle!
It was great to do and a great way to promote our fire towers! Thanks so much and hope to see you visit us this year. We will have volunteers at all of the five Catskill fire towers every weekend from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Thanks again.
Laurie Rankin

Editor’s note: News subscrib­ers can access all our puzzles at our on-line site: www.catskillmountainnews.com. Just look for “Puzzles” under our Columns section. Solutions are posted there as well.


Every little bit helps MCS scholars

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To The Editor:
Budget cuts affect everyone, but the worst thing is to deprive our children of getting an education simply because they are unable to meet rising college costs.
Through several fund-raising efforts, Margaretville Central School Dollars for Scholars hopes to raise enough money to help all of the school’s graduates with their financial needs who plan to further their education.


Freedom is not free

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To The Editor:
The controversy continues involving the New York SAFE Act. Both sides have voiced their opinion involving what this will or will not accomplish. The April 15 deadline is fast approaching. Will New York follow Connecticut and will citizens revolt and not register their so-called “Assault Weapons”?
Some things are really not debatable concerning this act:


All students deserve honorable mention

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To The Editor:
This is to commend all the students that entered the Mia Steiners at MCS.
After attending the awards ceremony I felt the need to acknowledge the effort put into your work, and the ability to put yourselves out there.
You are all equal in quality and should be proud of the works you produced. Amazing stuff by amazing kids.
It’s important to note that no one person is better then the other or that anyone is more deserving then the other. And if you need to hear that again, just ask! You all produced great work.


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