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March 12, 2008: Dollar stores

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To The Editor:

As a traffic engineer who has analyzed the impacts of hundreds of “big box stores” on host communities, I’ve become familiar with the corporate steamroller tactics used to get the stores built and their predatory operating practices which use and abuse communities. I would hate to see the Village of Margaretville sacrificed to meet the short-term bottom line goals of two “dollar stores” that see themselves as mini-Wal-Marts.


March 12, 2008: Approval process

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To The Editor:

I wish I could do business the way the developer of the proposed Family Dollar Store in Margaretville does. He purchases a property, tears down the existing structure and does site preparation work for what is claimed to be a cost of $200,000. The only problem is that existing municipal codes do not permit the construction of a commercial building on the site.


March 12, 2008: Volunteers needed

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To The Editor:

When a person pays attention to the Fire/EMS (Emergency Medical Service) issues in Delaware County they have to notice that it is increasingly difficult to get responders out for calls. Local EMS is suffering from the same problems as the fire service.


March 12, 2008: Help us all

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To The Editor:

With most of the media and politicians jumping around nervously reporting about the economy, etc., I was wondering whether people will have the money to enjoy the planned luxurious accommodations which Mr. Gitter and his associates are trying to place close to Belleayre?


March 12, 2008: Thanks, Ed

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To The Editor:

We are so fortunate to have generous people in our community. Edmund Millar, owner of The Market Basket, is one of them.


March 12, 2008: Dubious need

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To the Editor:

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, the Margaretville Village Board will vote on a zoning action that could determine the future of the village and the surrounding area. The outcome will influence whether we get a completely redesigned, upgraded supermarket under new customer and community-oriented management that will anchor the village’s economy or a renewed lease for the same A&P, but further weakened by two new dollar stores run by billion-dollar corporate giants targeting the same customers.


March 12, 2008: What a gem

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To The Editor:

Last night I had the good fortune to see the Open Eye Theatre’s production of “Secret Garden.” As a second homeowner in the Catskills with an apartment in New York City, I see my share of Broadway shows, but I’m always surprised at how much talent is hidden in these hills. Hats off to Amie Brockway for giving Margaretville its own theater and a place to showcase the talents of so many gifted people whom you may know as the “butcher, the baker, or undertaker.”


March 12, 2008: Paved paradise

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To The Editor:

I hope that the Margaretville Planning Board as well as the Middletown Planning Board has taken into consideration the type of buildings these proposed Dollar Stores will build. The look of the buildings will adversely affect the ambience of Margaretville and Arkville.


March 12, 2008: Bad policy

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To The Editor:

With‚ÄÇBelleayre Mt. Ski Center‚ÄÇabandoning plans to expand‚ÄÇon the eastern side toward Pine Hill, the remaining expansion of the ski center would only be for the purpose of giving the proposed Highmount Spa Resort ski in/ski out access to the rejuvenated slopes of Highmount Ski Center.‚ÄÇ
The Belleayre expansion is now nothing more than a gift of citizens’ tax dollars and environmental security to Crossroads Ventures.


March 12, 2008: Special evening

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To The Editor:

Recently The Roxbury Arts Group successfully solicited funds from Kids in the Kaatskills to implement an innovative cultural program for students in our community. The “Rising Star” program afforded five Roxbury Central School chorus and drama students the opportunity to work “one on one” with professional voice trainer Patty Dell and musician and instructor Kent Brown to help further refine their singing and performance skills. Last Friday evening, RAG hosted a professionally presented program that showcased these talented and expressive teenagers.


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