Mailbag

Flood clean-up work continuing

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To The Editor:
I would like to clarify a few points about MARK Project’s Clean Sweep Program.

Charlie Gockel started his program in Prattsville, and it was evident that our area would benefit from something similar. With the agreement of Rick Osterhoudt and Todd Pascarella to begin a team, and Peg Ellsworth’s MARK support, we have been able to establish a working entity. Billy Allison and Program Coordinator Katie Lehn from MARK have joined the effort to get as many assessments as possible done before winter.


Great confidence in squad

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To The Editor:
Margaretville Fire Department wishes to commend the Catskill Mountain News on its special section last week on our local fire departments and the events of the days of Tropical Storm Irene. One could almost get a feel of the agony and tribulations that the fire department members endured during the storm and its aftermath.


Protect ourselves from drilling

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To The Editor:
There are other health impacts caused from regional gas drilling besides threatening our air and water. The heavy industrial truck traffic has caused increases in serious and fatal automobile accidents, delays for first responders reaching people in emergency situations, and an insufficient number of first responders to deal with these new demands.


We're in monsoon country!

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To The Editor:
It will happen again and again. This area is now monsoon country. If the floodwater could be combined with fracking, we’d have gas coming out our ears.

The only practical solution, and it should have been done after the A&P was flooded in ’96, is to dig the entire Delaware River 10 feet deeper and, where it runs through Margaretville and Roxbury, make it twice as wide.

Use the mud and rocks to build a levee on both sides of the river through those villages. And, hire only American citizens to do the work with local residents given preference.


Ever grateful for assistance

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To The Editor:
After the floodwaters receded the Arkville and Margaretville fire departments came to assist me. Several members from each department came to deliver food and water and offered any and all assistance they could.

While we were all safe from harms way, we did have a different type of struggle. Our bridge was washed from its footings, the I-beams were bent and the deck washed down stream. While I expected flooding and the driveway to be washed out, I figured all would be fixed and back in operation before too long. I took my family up to the house to weather the storm.


Important issues for Margaretville

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To The Editor:
On August 1, we opened a temporary office on Main Street in Margaretville. It was a business experiment—expanding our Brooklyn base north to a region that Lisa has been visiting throughout her life.

We had many expectations: spend more time with family (Lisa’s father owns a house in Big Indian), spend more time in nature, avoid the rush of city life, source new work.


Stay positive and work together

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To The Editor:
I was deeply moved after reading an article in last week’s Catskill Mountain News about the local kids who were Facebooking about how they cried over the loss of the Fleischmanns Park.

This letter is to reassure them and all of the children in our community. It has been an extremely tough and frightful time for all of us in this area since the flood but the scenes of destruction and distress hit harshest our youth who have never before seen anything like this.


Tea Party influence is appalling

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To The Editor:
An article in the September 21 Catskill Mountain News mentioned four federal programs that provide grants or low interest loans to victims of the Hurricane Irene disaster.

The same day that this article was published, the Republican majority in the House of Representatives failed to pass a measure to fund FEMA, the primary source of federal relief to disaster victims. FEMA’s funding will run out on October 1, 2011, unless additional funds are provided.
Opposition to the bill was primarily driven by conservative Republicans kowtowing to right wing extremist Tea Baggers.


Belleayre richly deserves support

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To the Editor:
Of the hundreds of emergency response personnel and volunteers who responded so heroically to last month’s flooding, I would like to give special thanks to Belleayre Superintendent Tony Lanza and his entire staff for their extraordinary service to our community during its greatest time of crisis.


Let's get going on bridge repairs

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To The Editor:
Two weeks ago I penned a letter to the Delaware County DPW Commissioner with a copy to the Mailbag. This communiqué was a request for information on the status of the county bridge that was closed on upper Dry Brook Road and planned remediation. I am sad to say that as of Sunday, Sept. 25th I have received no response from the commissioner! I find this a personal and official affront to a town supervisor.


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