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March 11, 2009: Forest threatened by many predators

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To The Editor:
Considering the financial melt down in progress this may seem like a minor matter but, it is not for forest landowners in the northeast. We have had many major problems in the past with invasive insects destroying our forests and we are enduring some now that are out of control.


March 11, 2009: We need change in village leadership

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To The Editor:
Everyone who calls Fleischmanns “home” should be concerned about next week’s election. It is an opportunity to exchange leadership content while preserving the status quo, for one who sees Fleischmanns as a member of a larger community of villages all needing the resources and support to improve conditions for their residents.


Keep Belleayre Mountain open

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To The Editor:
I wish New York lawmakers and the governor would seriously re-evaluate the decision to close Belleayre Mountain two weeks early. I can fully understand delaying the opening of Belleayre due to snowmaking costs in the early couple weeks of the season, but closing the mountain two weeks early, I believe, is a disservice to the people of this state.

My reasons are as follows:


Feb. 25, 2009: Learning project a great opportunity

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To The Editor:
After reading Bill Lonecke’s letter last week, I felt compelled to write and make your readers aware of The Experiential Learning Project.
This project began from an idea, multiple discussions with local teenagers, a successful curriculum used in over 1,500 school districts nationwide, and several meetings over one summer five years ago.


Feb. 25, 2009: Wrong approach will be costly for NY

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To The Editor:
As a New Yorker, I understand the severity of the deficit that the state faces. As the Chief Executive Officer of Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center, I am acutely aware of the tremendous harm that will come to patients and health care providers if Governor Paterson’s cuts and taxes are enacted.


Feb. 25, 2009: Happy to return, if they'll have us

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To The Editor:
I am writing to express our gratitude to the wonderful people of The Roxbury Motel.
My husband was on a ski trip with our three children when he dislocated his shoulder. Greg, the proprietor of The Roxbury, extended himself for my family.


Feb. 25, 2009: Conflict of interest for planning post

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To The Editor:
It was with great interest that I read the February 11 edition of the Catskill Mountain News. I refer to the article referring to the Middletown Planning Board applicants. It was refreshing to note the interest in our community for a planning board position. However, as I scanned the prospective candidate list, Kate VanBenschoten’s name was listed as a prospective candidate.


Feb. 18, 2009: Student project has valuable lessons

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To The Editor:
I teach the Participation in Government course at Margaretville Central School. Last semester a class of high school seniors began a new curriculum: Planning and Local Government in the Watershed.


Feb. 18, 2009: Republicans are bereft of ideas

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To The Editor:
Republicans in Congress, especially those in the House, have again shown that they are bereft of ideas to turn this country’s economy around. The recovery plan that would bring much needed money to New York State, allowing it to maintain services, like those at Belleayre Mountain, was derided by Republicans as “generational theft.” Yet they offered no alternatives excepting further tax cuts for the financial elite, like the Bush tax breaks they doled out to billionaires in the past, which helped get us into this mess.


Feb. 11, 2009: Sign is up and makes a difference

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To The Editor:
Hats off in praise to the highway department or road workers. Fleischmanns Heights, off Todd Mountain Rd., now has a permanent “Seasonal Road Closed” sign. The old “Road Closed” sign was on wood stilts and would often fall. The new sign is cemented in.


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