Mailbag

Sept. 16, 2009: Change will occur in good time

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To The Editor:
“You lie!” was the cry during the President’s address to a joint session of Congress. It at once epitomized the mean spirited and bogus provocations that have been bursting out of conservatives all summer. The goal of this acting out is to crush the possibility of change.


Sept. 16, 2009: Wonderful people provided support

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To The Editor:
When it comes to saying thank you, it is very hard when you don’t know where to start. But on Sunday, Sept. 6, it was proven that this region is surrounded by good and wonderful people. That is the reason that in the name of the Navarrete family I would like to thank the awesome people who have been with them from the beginning of this tragic moment, with their compassion, love, financial and moral support. Especially the people from the emergency room at Margaretville Memorial Hospital.


Sept. 16, 2009: What a waste of easy money

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To The Editor:
This past Labor Day weekend, all of my closest neighbors gathered at my house for the annual Todd Mt. potluck lunch.
After everyone left I found myself with a huge bag of bottles and cans along with the plastic Snapple variety. When I went to my transfer station on Route 30, near the Round Barn, I questioned the supervisor about all those containers which were each worth five cents. What he told me was that all the deposit bottles and cans are crushed together and no one reclaims the deposit.


Sept. 9, 2009: Hope vs. fear is the real story

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To The Editor:
In the recent “Mailbag,” letter by Stuart E. Buswell, “human beings are the problem” demands response. He makes several points regarding the environmental debate. Many of his points are in seeming contradiction to others within.


Sept. 9, 2009: Explaining the Seasonal Produce Law

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To The Editor:
Soon we will have a vote concerning the proposed Seasonal Produce Stand law. Before the town board votes, I want the public to be aware of the issue.
When I took office last year, Gina Reilly, hired as the new Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) who was the prior ZEO Glen Miller’s secretary, went after outstanding violations issued from Glen Miller. One of those in violation was a roadside farm stand business, in a residential zone, which has been non-complaint with the law for the past two administrations.


Sept. 2, 2009: Opportunity lost with theater project

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To The Editor:
I am somewhat shocked that the decision by Jonathan Starch and David France to sell the Galli-Curci Theatre hasn’t elicited more of a reaction here, but a few well-written letters and rebuttals. Lost in the lines of type is what these gentlemen were trying to do for Margaretville. I will admit that I know little about the disputed property and subsequent lawsuits other than what I’ve read in this paper, and quite frankly, I don’t care.


Sept. 2, 2009: Make way for eminent domain

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To The Editor:
I was saddened to learn a few weeks ago about the demise of the planned Margaretville theatre. Steve Finkel’s letter offered a wonderful answer to the cancelled Galli-Curci plans. Let the town/village step in. Brillant.


Sept. 2, 2009: Reservoir water not fit to drink

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To The Editor:
I read Brian Sweeney’s article regarding spraying to kill weeds under the guardrails around the New York City reservoirs with dismay. New York City has spent millions building sewerage treatment plants, upgrading septic systems and acquiring land to prevent development. They have seized land and demanded that local residents forego economic development in order to protect the city’s drinking water.


Sept. 2, 2009: They saved us from bigger problems

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To The Editor:
A recent letter claims the “negativity to development” of Save the Mountain had the “unintended consequences” of the “most severely depressed economy in the entire region” for 40 years. Haven’t the letter writers tuned into the news this past year?


Sept. 2, 2009: Need a better way to kill the weeds

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To The Editor:
The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development would like to commend the Catskill Mountain News and Brian Sweeney for the excellent piece of investigative journalism that appeared in last week’s edition on the application of herbicides in and around the Town of Middletown. This is an issue that The Catskill Center has been concerned about not only within the confines of the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve and the NYC Watershed, but throughout the more than 6,000 square-mile Catskill Mountain Region.


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