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September 3, 2008: Logic is needed in resort issue

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To The Editor:
Let’s apply some logic to the issues on the table. A leaflet put out to garner public support for the Belleayre Resort project claims it will generate 90 jobs, paying an average salary of $56,463. Sounds good, but to create that average, the proposal balances top management salaries of $80-$130,000 against a bunch of $30-$40,000 salaries allocated to secretaries, assistant office managers, executive housekeepers, etc.


August 27, 2008: Time to get Internet up to speed

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To The Editor:
For those of us in rural areas stuck with dial-up internet access because there is no cable, and satellite is too expensive, there is good news. Part of Elliott Spitzer’s campaign platform was a promise to bring high speed Universal Broadband internet access to the rural areas of the state. Before Spitzer’s ignominious departure he did take a step towards that promise by initiating the New York State Council for Universal Broadband (www.cio.state.ny.us/oft/UniversalBroadband/Overview.htm).


August 27, 2008: Forward thinking is beneficial

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To The Editor:
The Middletown history community should be congratulated for making the Catskill Mountain News available on-line. This is a treasure for those interested in local history and genealogy. In the past I have spent hours in the News office going through the papers that were made available to the public, but that was “drudgery” compared to the ability to type in a name or event and be brought to all of the instances of that name or word.


August 27, 2008: Agenda question regarding cop

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To The Editor:
There was no doubt in my mind that on Wednesday, August 20 our Margaretville Village Constable Harry Fox had an agenda to accomplish on his first day back. He immediately drove the village patrol car approximately100 yards to park it in front of the Village Pub at noon when we opened. He promptly left it there unattended until 4 p.m.


August 20, 2008: Bridge is needed in Halcottsville

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To The Editor:
I would like to thank Richard and Jenny Liddle for their very truthful, informative letter in last week’s CMN paper concerning the Grist Mill in Halcottsville. My husband and I lived in Halcottsville for 40 years. Back in the early 1960s Everett Herrick owned the mill and surrounding properties. He basically gutted the mill and made a restaurant downstairs and bedrooms upstairs.


August 20, 2008: Save the inn from eminent domain

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To The Editor:
It has come to my attention that the lovely historic and completely unique Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm Inn may be destroyed in the name of “progress.”  I am shocked to learn of this. I have spent many long and peaceful weekends there with my young children who learned about the pleasures of the Catskill Mountains from the gracious hosts, Susan and Jim Kelly.
It will be a real travesty if the inn is destroyed and its historical significance to the region is lost.


August 20, 2008: History repeats if we don't learn

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To The Editor:
I thought that Margaret Inge’s “At Your Service” column in last week’s paper was about the best thing I have ever read in the Catskill Mountain News. Thank you Margaret, for writing about the beautiful commitment vows in marriage. We need more of this kind of writing in today’s world.


August 20, 2008: They want to blow up the mountain

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To The Editor:
I will give Ms. Bauer’s letter a very brief answer because, if she persists in regurgitating “partners-for-profit’s” propaganda and obfuscation, that is all that it deserves. Instead of persisting in misleading people by referring to “average” salaries, they should publish (as I said in my original letter) median salaries to show where the money is really going.


August 20, 2008: Selfless act should be applauded

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To The Editor:
What a wonderful surprise to wander into Cassie’s Café in Roxbury a few days ago and find Lisa Palazollo waiting tables. Lisa is not the regular waitress there. She took it upon herself to approach the restaurant owners with a novel idea: if they would let her wait tables, she would donate all of her tip money to charity. They agreed, and for a week or so, Lisa put in the hours for the sake of the Smile Train which provides surgery for under-privileged children.


August 13, 2008: Earning tips for a good cause

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To The Editor:
A heart-felt thank you to Cassie, Bob, Dottie, Heather, McKenzie, and all of the patrons at Cassie’s Café in Roxbury for their gracious participation in last week’s fundraiser for The Smile Train. I had pledged a donation to the organization, which provides cleft-palate surgery to under privileged children around the world, and when Cassie’s Café hired me as a relief waitress I decided I would donate my tips to charity. It was a very pleasant surprise that, within five days, thanks to Bob’s tireless promotion and the generosity of their patrons, I raised $1,250, a contribution sufficient to provide surgery for five children.


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