Mailbag

June 24, 2009: A pet peeve over engines

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To The Editor:
Today I spent the first half of my lunch hour at home, listening to the idling utility truck across the street. After waiting a reasonable time for it to be shut off, I asked the driver if there was any reason the truck was running. He seemed surprised to be asked, and said he guessed not. Several minutes later he shut off the engine.


June 24, 2009: Parking lot issues are a concern

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To The Editor:
In these times of financial difficulty, what I am about to suggest may come as an added burden to the citizens of our area, but I feel it is a necessary evil when compared to the insensitivity and selfishness exhibited by year-round residents, second homeowners and visitors alike.


June 24, 2009: He, she, they bad for government

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To The Editor:
The Middletown Town Board appointed Kate VanBenschoten to be on the town planning board.
I am sure she is a wonderful person but I and probably others would consider her appointment as nepotism (since her husband is now mayor of Margaretville), and this would present a conflict of interest on behalf of the town.


June 17, 2009: Support continues for Belleayre

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To The Editor:
Let’s be real clear. Stimulus funding to expand facilities at Belleayre Mountain Center (BMSC) has been delayed due to failure of NYS DEC to complete a Unit Management Plan (UMP) in 2002 as required by DEC guidelines. The UMP was delayed so that it could incorporate changes requested by the developer of The Belleayre Resort in Catskill Park. This delay made a “shovel ready” project impossible in 2009 since neither the BMSC UMP or the Environmental Impact Statement from Crossroad Ventures are ready.


June 17, 2009: No girls allowed on baseball diamond

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To The Editor:
We showed up for practice/try-outs and my two daughters were told immediately that the game was dangerous and that while standing in the batter’s box that they could get hit by that hard ball. One of my girls said, “That’s O.K., I’ve been hit by hard things before.” I added that whether male or female, one could get hit by the ball. I don’t see what gender has to do with it. I insisted that my two daughters, one 12 and the other about to be 11, get out there and warm up for the try outs. I even joked, “Someone has to sit on the bench…” I was touched to see that one of the coaches took an interest in teaching my youngest how to throw.


June 17, 2009: Questionable reporting on board story

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To The Editor:
In last week’s News, Jay Braman “reported” on a meeting he didn’t attend. His report is nearly word for word, the same report printed by Brian Powers in the Phoenicia Times, after Mr. Powers did attend the meeting.


June 17, 2009: Public is owner of Belleayre Mountain

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To The Editor:
We are enthusiastically pleased having read the letter to the News from Ann and Mark Lukin. Their letter regarding the importance of maintaining a correct perception of the differences between our ski center operations and our private development issues is indeed welcome. We find nothing in their letter with which we disagree.


June 17, 2009: CHA backs Belleayre Mountain funding

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To The Editor:
Recent letters accusing the Catskill Heritage Alliance (CHA) of personal attacks on the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center and its employees, and accusing us of trying to torpedo stimulus funds for the ski center are factually wrong on all counts. Not only do we support the ski center and applaud the key role it plays in the community, we’re also on record that the ski center should be expanded to its full complement under the 2002 draft Unit Management Plan (UMP).


June 10, 2009: Reservoir recreation a positive step

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To The Editor:
On May 31 two Catskill Mountain Club directors, Ann Roberti and I, along with three others enjoyed an exhilarating kayak paddle on the recently-opened waters of the Cannonsville Reservoir. This was kind of a test run for the group to see how the required steam cleansing of our watercraft would go and to check out a launch site facility. We must report that the cleaning process went very well.


June 10, 2009: Belleayre gratitude is important

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To The Editor:
The Catskill Heritage Alliance is trying to stop a private resort by unfairly attacking a public facility. Their recent letters try to block stimulus money for Belleayre Mt. Ski Center expansion. These supposedly “concerned citizens,” have lost sight of our region’s desperate economic plight. We resent the attack on the ski center, our most viable economic and community resource.


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