Mailbag

May 5, 2010: Why no school sports merger?

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To The Editor:
On Monday, April 26, the Margaretville Central School Board of Education voted down the possibility of an athletic merger with Andes Central School. What I would like to know, why all of a sudden is it a problem? Andes has had athletes playing on MCS sports teams for at least four years, including basketball, softball, baseball and tennis.


May 5, 2010: Pleased the Big Brother DEP watches

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To The Editor:
The other day a friend and I were taking some photos for a documentary film that we are in the process of producing about the Catskills. We have many shots and videos taken from a number of fly-overs and decided that we need a variety from ground level.


May 5, 2010: Writer claims article was unfair

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To The Editor:
Reading Brian Sweeney’s recent article titled Watershed Gas Drilling Halted by DEC Ruling I was drawn by his use of the word “halted” in the headline as well as terming drilling in the watershed to be “virtually impossible” in his lead sentence.


May 5, 2010: Onteora has created a good budget

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To The Editor:
The Onteora Board of Education recently unanimously approved the superintendent’s recommended budget for the coming 2010-2011 school year. Knowing that these are difficult economic times for taxpayers, we worked hard to limit the budget increase to only 0.31percent.


May 5, 2010: You're being used by right-wingers

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To The Editor:
The Mailbag lately has become a sounding board for the unhappy conservative, right wingers.  Unhappy, because that’s exactly what the RNC, talk radio and Fox cable news wants you to be.  If you’re unhappy, then you’ll vote for the minority party.


May 5, 2010: Care about others

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To The Editor:
On Friday I was traveling east on Route 28 down the hill from Belleayre toward Pine Hill when my auto struck a pothole that cut my tire. I pulled into a gas station with no repair shop  and was about to attempt to change my tire to the spare.


April 28, 201: Defending Israel in granddad's memory

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To The Editor:
I am commenting on a subject that has recently appeared in the Catskill Mountain News.  As a pacifist, and a clinical social worker trained to consider people and situations in their entirety, I have always reserved judgment on aggression taken by Israel toward some Arab entities as reported by the media and others, because it has a history of working toward peace and any aggression has been solely in self-defense.
The story began thousands of years ago when Jews and Arabs populated the land of Canaan, later known as part of the Ottoman Empire.  The history of Jews and Arabs through the 20th Century and into the 21st, and the age-old concept of the establishment of a Jewish homeland, is complex. 
Now surrounded by both peaceful and terror-driven Arab countries, the modern state of Israel has bravely stood its ground, though consistently cooperating with the international community to the point of repeatedly agreeing to the forfeiture of land!  (Can you imagine if our country was pressured into giving even an inch to Mexico or Canada?)  Even that did not change the reality of hate and violence experienced on a daily basis from outside to inside its borders over a long period of time.
It is obvious that Israel can peacefully co-exist with Arabs for the following reasons:
Israel, with a population of over seven million Jews and over one million Arabs, has proven that it can live peacefully with Arabs.


April 28, 2010: No words to describe resort's damage

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Editor’s note: Following is the text of a letter written to Middletown Supervisor Leonard Utter The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Supervisor Utter:
I am deeply saddened and utterly horrified that the Delaware County Board of Supervisors would unanimously support the monstrosity on the mountain proposed by Crossroad Ventures and Dean Gitter.


April 28, 2010: Public's support was overwhelming

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To The Editor:
On April 6 the Class of 2011 had a fund-raising barbecue for its class. In 45 minutes they sold out 400 halves and dinners. We were pleased at the response of our community, but also surprised at the same time as to the overwhelming response.


April 28, 2010: Supervisors' stance makes no sense

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To The Editor:
The resolution passed unanimously by the Delaware County Board of Supervisors promising “any appropriate assistance…to assure the development of the [proposed Belleayre] resort” may have no legal force or legislative meaning, but it does tell us something about our county’s supervisors. It tells us that they are willing—even eager—to commit taxpayer money to a pig in a poke.


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