Mailbag

Dec. 10, 2008: Where is he?

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To The Editor:
I was pleased to see my daughter Angela Perazone’s photo in the Nov. 18 issue of the Catskill Mountain News that was taken at the Roxbury Central School Veterans Day ceremony. It’s good to see that the schools are still holding ceremonies for this special day, especially since we are a nation at war. I do appreciate it.


Dec. 10, 2008: Correction

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To The Editor:
There is an error in the letter in your printed version of my letter in last week’s paper. Check the first and second sentence of the first paragraph.


Dec. 3, 2008: Tough times for animals, also

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To The Editor:
Times are tough. So tough, in fact that people are finding that they can no longer afford to feed or care for their pets; pets that have been members of their families, often for years.
Here in our area, we are very fortunate to have a caring and safe place to surrender our pets when we can’t care for them properly. As painful as this can be, if you know anything about the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society in Delhi, you know that there isn’t a better place to leave a pet you can no longer support.


Dec. 3, 2008: Do your part for our communities

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To The Editor:
Kudos to Lauren Quarltere, Mike Mathis, Maggie Inge, Iris Mead and Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton for their leadership in developing and organizing last Saturday’s parade. I know firsthand how many months of hard work and planning went into this kick-off event for the Holiday Treasure Express. To see our local businesses, organizations, towns and villages represented so vibrantly speaks to the spirit of our region.


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.


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