Mailbag

July 2, 2008: We're proud of Emerson's record

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To The Editor:
In last week’s paper, Matthew Frisch attempted to find fault with the employment record of the Emerson Resort and Spa. I feel compelled to set that record straight.


July 2, 2008: Reason, respect sought by CLA

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To The Editor:
The Catskill Landowners’ Association (CLA) supports Jim and Susan Kelly of Halcottsville and their efforts to retain the operation and integrity of their Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm Bed & Breakfast, its land and the associated structure. The Kellys are members of CLA and the excellent stewardship of their land is what the organization expects of its members.


July 2, 2008: Heat or eat will be choice for many

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To The Editor:
Gassing up our car or buying food is a very painful and stressful experience these days.  Heating our home this winter with fuel oil getting close to $5 will be even more painful. Unfortunately, many of our Senior Citizens, on fixed incomes, will be financially and emotionally devastated by fuel oil at $5 a gallon - many will become physically ill as a result of reduced heat and food.


July 2, 2008: Give up fight against showing movies

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To The Editor:
Today I was feverishly painting to have my art work ready for all the shows that are coming up this summer. I finally had a day where there would be no interruptions. But, I could not continue to paint because my mind was reeling and I found myself thinking about only one thing. I had just read the letter in the “Mailbag” by Andrew Weiss and it made me sick.


July 2, 2008: So fear not the effects of the resort

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To The Editor:
A recent letter to the editor from Matt Frisch was so full of irony I had to respond. He says that Partners for Progress is using fear tactics in its effort to support the expansion of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and the construction of the Belleayre Resort.


June 25, 2008: Horror show

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To The Editor:
The Movies on Main Street that delighted so many area-residents last summer and was scheduled again this summer, but in the new Pavilion, has been cancelled. Jonathan Starch, co-owner of the Galli-Curci Theater, decided not to proceed because the Margaretville Village Board, in a letter to him, placed conditions on the project that make it impossible. The grounds for these conditions turn out to be totally unfounded and the process by which the village board arrived at them was completely unethical and dominated by a blatant conflict of interest.


June 25, 2008: Suitable solution to bridge dilemma

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To The Editor:
It is our belief that a more suitable engineering solution can be found in order to preserve the history and natural beauty of the existing structure at Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm. We love to drive over there, day or night, and feel the special ambience of the establishment. The costly options presented to the Kellys by the town are almost not attainable.


June 25, 2008: Fear tactics don't help Belleayre

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To The Editor:
First, they claimed their proposed development would bring “more jobs/lower taxes.” Now that it’s generally known that Emerson’s employment record isn’t exactly unblemished and the fact that mega-development always results in higher taxes due to increased services and inflated land prices, Crossroads/Partners is using fear as their latest weapon to move their flawed plan forward.


June 18, 2008: Wrong impression from news story

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To The Editor:
As noted in a News story last week, Whitman Electric, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against a long list of organizations here in Shandaken. This matter has been a long-standing contractual dispute in which Whitman says it performed according to contract and we say they did not. We thought this matter had been settled out of court. When given an opportunity by Mr. Braman to comment we declined, on the advice of our attorney, because we thought it was settled. That would have been to the advantage of everyone named in this case.


June 18, 2008: Worrisome lack of bison sightings

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To The Editor:
As you reported last week, I am involved in the attempt to protect and safely recover the baby bison and, as an animal-welfare advocate, I am very upset with the senseless slaughter of the bison cow with a calf at her side. Because of the unnecessary and hasty killing of the mother bison, we as a community must now ask ourselves what shall be the fate of her calf who was last seen roaming free across the countryside.


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