Mailbag

April 9, 2008: Be very careful

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To The Editor:
In recent months, some area landowners have received oil and gas leases that give a drilling company the right to enter upon the property and drill for oil or gas. These leases are enticing because they offer the landowner up-front money, generally a dollar value per acre, in order to sign the lease. However, these leases are binding on the property and affect one’s legal rights in and to the premises.


April 9, 2008: Worth the effort

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To The Editor:
I recently read that 250 people in Grand Gorge signed a negative petition against the proposed intersection safety project and understand it was circulated and signed before the DOT representatives gave their three-hour presentation at the Civic Center.


April 9, 2008: Truly wonderful

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To The Editor:
In nearly 20 years of living here, I have never written a letter to the Catskill Mountain News. While I recognize the paper’s need to keep everyone up-to-date on current bowling scores, who’s visiting or dining with whom, the top-rated Area Police News, our local school athletic programs, etc., your new column by Bill Birns, “A Catskill Catalog,” is truly wonderful.


April 2, 2008: Stick to skiing

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To The Editor:

The signs at the Albany protest by the Coalition to Save Belleayre were pleading to keep Belleayre open and publicly owned. But how did Belleayre suddenly find itself in jeopardy? If the coalition had confined its activities to skiing and swimming and music, rather than being the cheering section for Crossroads Ventures’ controversial mega-development, the ski center would not be in the precarious position it is in today.


April 2, 2008: Feel compelled

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To The Editor:

Wow, I never planned to write this letter, as I didn’t want to sound like sour grapes. In light of the attitudes of the two write-in candidates who won, I felt compelled.
For Mr. Miller and Mr. Budin to feel that they have the support of the residents of the Village of Margaretville after receiving 25 votes is sad and pathetic.


March 26, 2008: Makes her sick

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To The Editor:

Let me get this straight. Deborah Meyer DeWan of The Catskill Center for Conservation is happy because the additional ski development for the east side of Belleayre is being withdrawn. She apparently feels that these new ski trails would be a problem to the “environmentally sensitive region” and would run the risk of damaging the watershed and the “Forever Wild” lands adjacent to it.


March 26, 2008: Time of Need

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To The Editor:

I was deeply distressed to read that Delaware County leaders were more concerned with a few dollars than they were with supporting Brookside Hardware in its time of need. Hopefully, after a weekend of reflection, they have reconsidered this most unfortunate decision.


March 26, 2008: Save a life

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To The Editor:

To all in our very caring community, please help us save Dylan Utter’s life. Dylan is a two-year-old victim of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Dylan is unable to crawl, walk and on “bad days” holding his head up is a chore for him.


March 19, 2008: Choices

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To The Editor:

I see a marked contrast between the resignations of Senator Larry Craig of Idaho and Governor Spitzer and Richard Nixon for their wrongdoing, and the actions of Bill Clinton and Senator Ted Kennedy.


March 19, 2008: Include Arkville

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To The Editor:

The current controversy over the two proposed “Family General Dollar But It Costs More Than That Stores” indicates a profound lack of knowledge of local history and geography.
To begin this lesson; the Village of Margaretville and the unincorporated hamlet of Arkville are two separate and distinct communities.


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