Mailbag

Dec. 3, 2008: End city bashing over land purchases

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To The Editor:
I have lived in Andes for 22 plus years and served as President of the Catskill Forest Association for eight years. I remain as treasurer continuing my tenure on the board since it was founded in 1993. My comments here are only my own and not that of the organization.


Dec. 3, 2008: Police investigation is long overdue

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To The Editor:
During the last few months of the Cross administration, a letter was sent to the Shandaken Town Board concerning the alleged unethical and unprofessional conduct of the town’s chief of police and detective. Among other things, Chief McGrath and Detective Holland allegedly felt that it was necessary to discuss police matters while out socializing in public. Their actions may have adversely affected the outcome of at least one criminal matter. Not surprisingly, it seems as though no effort was made by the town board to remedy the situation.


Dec. 3, 2008: Logical sense to funding opposition

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To The Editor:
Despite Crossroads Ven-tures’ PR claims, there is no contradiction in being a strong supporter of Belleayre Mt. Ski Center as well as a fervent opponent of the proposed development.
In fact, it makes logical sense since Belleayre Mt. Ski Center would not stay a family friendly, affordable ski slope once the land speculators got through with it.


Nov. 26, 2008: Time to wake up to resort realities

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To The Editor:
 The hostility of certain elements of the community, exhibited by a widely circulated Heritage Alliance letter to Governor Patterson, never ceases to amaze.  Readers need to ponder the following facts: Taxes are rising, municipal costs are rising, business failures are rising, tax and bank foreclosures are rising and the economies of Delaware and Western Ulster counties are in deep trouble.


Nov. 26, 2008: It's the pot calling the kettle black

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To The Editor:
The front-page article in the November 19 issue of the Catskill Mountain News was eye opening in that it highlighted the disingenuous position of Crossroads.
When the organization expects the tax payers of our state to fork over $60 million to enrich the investors who do not even, in most cases, identify themselves, when we are on notice that the state may well have to cut spending on health and education, when the Catskill Heritage Alliance points out that this gift of tax payers money is unwise, Crossroads answers, “their request is untrue, short sighted and self-serving in the extreme.” Can any one believe their eyes when they see something like this in print? It brings to mind the old adage of “the pot calling the kettle black”.


Nov. 26, 2008: An epidemic of community service

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To The Editor:
Yes, giving is contagious and my hopes are that it will continue to infect all of us, not only throughout this holiday season, but year round.
It all started last week when MARK staff member and Mountain Laurel Gardens Housing Manager, Christine DuBois began planning a Thanksgiving feast for the seniors at Mountain Laurel Gardens.  Before the day was out, MARK staff members Barbara Moses and Iris Mead had volunteered to bake the pies, and help with the fixin’s and Margaretville Telephone Company’s Glen Faulkner hand delivered a check to totally cover the costs of the entire meal.


Nov. 26, 2008: Stop the bailing and let it sink

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To The Editor:
Belleayre Mountain Ski Center is a wonderful economic asset to our community and deserves expanded support from Albany. The proposed “Belleayre Resort” is a whole different animal.


Nov. 26, 2008: Timing is wrong for Belleayre Resort

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To The Editor:
Statements by Joan Lawrence-Bauer and Joe Kelly (‘CHA asks Gov,’ November 25) to the effect that the proposed Belleayre mega-resort means jobs and a growth stimulus for our region would be wrong in good economic times; in the present crisis, they are so dangerously wrong as to constitute a cruel hoax.


Nov. 26, 2008: Expects better from the press

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To The Editor:
 I’d like to point out that a very important word was missing from the headline of the Nov. 19 article concerning Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) and New York State funding. That word was “Resorts.”
In order to be truthful and accurate, the headline should have read:  “CHA asks Gov. to take away Belleayre Resorts funds.”  I do realize that it might have been difficult to fit that headline on the front page, as it was apparent that the article was squeezed in next to the picture of a hunter with his dead deer.


Nov. 26, 2008: CHA's suggestion is self-serving

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To The Editor:
 The suggestion that we refuse the money Albany has earmarked for the development of Belleayre Ski Center and the Belleayre Resort is totally wacky. Many anti-development voices do so with very selfish personal agendas. 
It sounds like the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) is trying to use the present economic climate to support their position that no progress takes place here.


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