Mailbag

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.


Sept. 2, 2009: Local baseball legend is still a star

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To The Editor:
Last week Gene Fix wrote about his truly fantastic accomplishments as a pitcher at Margaretville Central School. When Gene was a junior, I was in seventh grade at Fleischmanns. I kept the score book for the Fleischmanns Varsity team. I idolized Gene. He was the best pitcher I ever saw, poetry in motion.


August 26, 2009: Perfect opportunity for communitiy

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To The Editor:
While I read with disappointment about the owners of the Galli-Curci canceling their plans for renovating the building/theatre and indeed plan to sell it, this actually might be just the opportunity for the village/town to step up and purchase the building ourselves or create a foundation to buy it to create a wonderful community center for all residents and guests to enjoy.


August 26, 2009: Group's unintended consequences

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To The Editor:
Save the Mountain claims to favor development in the villages and hamlets, but when coupled with their extreme negativity toward development of the recreation and tourism component of our community, the “unintended consequence” is the most severely depressed economy seen in the entire region during the 40 years that we’ve enjoyed the northern Catskills.


August 26, 2009: Human beings are the problem

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To The Editor:
In last week’s mailbag Ed Kirstein took exception to my use of the adjective fanatic to characterize those who promote global warming as an unchallenged scientific fact. I stated I thought, quite plainly, that I make no judgment of their thesis as to whether it was right or wrong.


August 19, 2009: Careless letter misleads the public

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To The Editor:
In a careless letter to the editor last week, John and Janet Fishkind of Big Indian erroneously implied that Save the Mountain would welcome the demise of the Galli-Curci Theatre renovation project on Main Street in Margaretville. Nothing could be farther from the truth as the Fishkinds would know if they read the information at Savethe Mountain.net or wrote or called to ask our positions.


August 19, 2009: What agenda is he talking about?

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To The Editor:
This letter is in answer to Stuart Buswell’s Mailbag letter.
Since I agree with most of what Mr. Buswell brought up in his “We cannot fool Mother Nature” letter, I can’t understand why he refers to those worried about global warming as “Fanatics.” It does not seem fanatical to worry about the future of civilization on this planet when most respected scientists agree that the planet is warming and the evidence proves it.


August 19, 2009: Corporations are running the show

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To The Editor:
The more I have observed over the decades, and especially now in the controversies about health care, climate change, air pollution, etc., the stronger my belief becomes that it doesn’t matter much who is in the White House or Congress. The corporations run America.


August 19, 2009: Going to D.C. to protest funding

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To The Editor:
All right, now I am smokin’ mad! Why on earth is Paterson doling out $175 million in federal stimulus and other funds to welfare and food stamp recipients to meet their children’s “back to school” needs? He is giving every one of their children between 3-17 (whether they attend school or not) $200. What about the people who contribute to society?


August 19, 2009: Thank you, Sindy, for your hard work

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To The Editor:
I picked up my first tennis racket at about the age of 14. Living in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, I hit the ball against my schoolyard wall, then got a permit to use the decaying city courts under the George Washington Bridge. Hot or cold, sunny or drizzly, I played.


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