Mailbag

Leave the birds alone

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To The Editor:
Re your article on the capture and tagging of a golden eagle as part of study project, it is shameful that we can’t leave the birds alone. 
The large transmitter box, which was attached to the bird, may have some influence on its flight and ultimate health. Satisfying the students’ curiosity on genetic differences and habits of the bird is not worth interfering unnecessarily with our beautiful wildlife.
Humans are the most invasive species ever on the planet!  Those students would best be served by studying how we are contributing to global warming.

Gloria Zola-Mulloy, Fleischmanns


Can anyone disregard the law?

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To the Editor:
The juxtaposition of two gun-related Catskill Mountain News articles on February 12 was shocking. The first article chronicled yet another incident of gun violence that ended with the death of a DEP worker, senselessly murdered at his workplace in Kingston. We have become accustom to these deaths, whether they are domestic violence, workplace related or just given that someone thinks that another human being can be killed because they are playing music too loud or texting in a movie theater.


In defense of the crossbow

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To the Editor:
I have send a version of this letter about being in favor of legalized crossbow hunting in NY to Gunther, Bonacic, Sweeney, the DEC and Cuomo.


Obvious omission is Rep. Gibson

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To the Editor:
There was an obvious omission in your article last week about the “big” effects of the recent cuts in the SNAP (food stamp) program on our state and more specifically the Catskill Region [“Farm Bill could have big local price”].  


President Obama is leading us forward

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To the Editor:
Even before the Great Recession hit, our country experienced massive shifts in technology and global competition, that had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.


Fundraising event was paw-some!

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To The Editor:
A letter of sincere thanks to the community for your support of the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society Benefit event held at Crazy River Café.
Cheers to the entire Crazy River Cafe staff who worked tirelessly throughout the day and selflessly donated their day’s wages to the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. Cheers to the exceptional service of the waitstaff who served the standing room only crowd with a smile.


Endowment fund is essential

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The Editor:  
The Margaretville Health Foundation, now in its 6th year as a non-profit, renews its commitment to the vision of ensuring the Central Catskills community with access to the highest quality health care. To achieve this goal, the Foundation directs all of its resources to raising funds for the benefit of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center. This year’s appeal is to help enrich the lives of the residents of Mountainside Residential Care Center by raising money to replace the old dressers and bedside tables with new ones.


Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

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To The Editor:
   I have read with interest the many letters for and against the pending development of the Belleayre Resort.  It occurs to me that anyone who speaks out in opposition to this project is quickly labeled as anti-progressive, self-serving and/or generally in favor of a “closed door” approach to Catskill Mountain life.  I, for one, seemed to have nurtured an attitude about this resort, which could at best be classified as highly skeptical.


A Valentine's for Santa

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To The Editor:
Known to some as contractor extraordinaire, to others as Santa and to a fortunate number as friend.
On behalf of the children of Margaretville and our surrounding towns and villages, a Valentine sent with love and sincere thanks for making our Christmas magical. A magic that will hopefully last throughout the year!

Ann Shea, Margartville


Volunteering is a win-win for all

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To The Editor:
“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King.
This month we observe the life and service commitment of Dr. Martin Luther King. A man who asked the same question repeatedly, “What are you doing today to help your brother?” No doubt about it – New York City, Westchester and Vermont may have recovered better from the not-so-recent economic downturn followed by hurricane upon hurricane, but Delaware County is still struggling.


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