Opting out a good lesson for students

To The Editor: The opt out movement is a spontaneous mass response to abuse of students and teachers by the so called ed reformers, school privatizers and the testing industry. More...

Posted 5/12/2015 08:00 PM

Not equity and not ethical

To The Editor:  The town-wide Roxbury assessments have raised concerns about the changing community dynamics, the equity of tax bills, and the sustainability of the area farms.  More...

Posted 4/28/2015 08:00 PM

Not equity and not ethical

To The Editor: The town-wide Roxbury assessments have raised concerns about the changing community dynamics, the equity of tax bills, and the sustainability of the area farms.  Many properties in Roxbury are owned by second homeowners, land has been More...

Posted 4/28/2015 08:00 PM

Week of the Young Child

To The Editor: The Week of the Young Child is April 12 to April 18.  Today we know more than ever before about the importance of children’s earliest years in shaping their learning and development.  Yet, never before have the needs of young chi More...

Posted 4/7/2015 08:00 PM

Support was overwhelming

To The Editor: Congratulations to the Hubbell Companies, their people, and also everyone else who helped and supported the fundraising event Saturday for Sandy Scudder. The support was overwhelming. More...

Posted 3/24/2015 08:00 PM

Sounds prudent to me

To The Editor: It was alarming to read that the only concern of the Shandaken Planning Board, under chair Don Brewer, as recounted by Jay Braman Jr., regarding the report prepared by its counterpart at the county level on the Belleayre resort’s More...

Posted 3/24/2015 08:00 PM

Donkey Basketball concerns addressed

To The Editor: There has been much controversy during the last few days over Margaretville National Honor Society’s choice to host a donkey basketball fundraising event. More...

Posted 3/17/2015 08:00 PM

Stop animal cruelty

To The Editor:  I have just heard that the Margaretville School is going to have a Donkey Basketball fund-raiser. I find it incredible in this day and age that this type of “entertainment” is still acceptable.  More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

“Peace in our time”

To The Editor:  Is there a strange, frightening, and compelling analogy between Neville Chamberlain negotiating with Hitler in 1939 and the arguably failed presidency of Barack Obama (and Mr. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

Time to join the 21st century

To The Editor:  In regards to the up-coming fund-raiser for Margaretville Central School using Donkey Basketball.  More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

DEP flood programs explained

To The Editor:  Over the past several weeks, there have been stories and letters in the Catskill Mountain News about two voluntary programs that will use New York City funding to reduce the impact of storm-related flooding throughout the region. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

A flawed project

To The Editor: The following is a quote from the application for the N.Y. Rising-Bull Run Project sent from the Margaretville village office to Albany. It is the section to justify the project. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

Stop Animal Cruelty

To The Editor: I have just heard that the Margaretville School is going to have a Donkey Basketball fund-raiser. I find it incredible in this day and age that this type of “entertainment” is still acceptable. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

Donkey Basketball is Cruel

To The Editor: Earlier this week we learned that the MCS Honor Society is planning to host a “donkey basketball” match this April as their big fundraiser. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

Time to make tough choices

To The Editor: The Roxbury Central School District (RSCD) is going to the voters again in May for approval on the repair project. In conjunction with last week’s “Mailbag” by Gregory, I have to say, it is time for reality. More...

Posted 3/3/2015 08:00 PM

Close Roxbury Central School to restore town's vitality

To The Editor: I see that the vote is on the docket again to spend millions to prop up the aging Roxbury Central School building. It’s clear that it’s a beloved and central institution in the small town of Roxbury. More...

Posted 2/24/2015 08:00 PM

Prepare for more flooding

To The Editor: In response to the recent article about the buyout program, I would like to point out here that if the city’s review process is too complex for the county to understand, then it is the county that can’t work with the city, More...

Posted 2/17/2015 08:00 PM

Their work is cut out for them

To The Editor: Last week’s article, “Village Rips DEP Buyout Plans”, deserves your attention. More...

Posted 2/10/2015 08:00 PM

Let me decide what I'm eating

To The Editor: As a health conscience mom, I tried to feed my kids right. Now, a grandma, a deeper concern has come into my life. It is Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods. I have learned that GMO foods are not the foods we ate as kids. More...

Posted 2/3/2015 08:00 PM

Looks like sneaky politics

To The Editor: Looks like sneaky politics are not confined to Washington and Albany.   The outcry against the capital project slated for Roxbury Central School has reached the ears of the powers that be. More...

Posted 12/30/2014 08:00 PM

Stop the increasing costs

To The Editor: Responding to Diana Manson’s letter to the editor in the December 10th issue of the News, I believe we all want the best education for our children. More...

Posted 12/23/2014 08:00 PM

Selfish folks fighting the resort

To The Editor: I live directly across the valley from the proposed Belleayre Resort, with a panoramic view of the ski area’s existing slopes. There are very few homes that share this view, or would see the proposed golf course upon completion. More...

Posted 12/16/2014 08:00 PM

The Roxbury elves are preparing

To The Editor: The holiday season is fast approaching and the elves are preparing for our holiday deliveries. More...

Posted 12/16/2014 08:00 PM

Kirkside support appreciated

To The Editor: On behalf of the Kirkside Board of Directors and the Kirkside community, I want to express our appreciation to those who responded so generously supporting Kirkside in our recent fundraising campaign. More...

Posted 12/9/2014 08:00 PM

Environmental education paramount

To The Editor: Please allow me to clarify information that was put forward by Thomas Clark in his letter last week. More...

Posted 12/9/2014 08:00 PM

Let your voice be heard

To The Editor:  On Tuesday night, April 28 at the Town of Middletown Town Hall, the Tea Party kicked off its first meeting of the season. These are public meetings open to all.  More...

Posted 5/5/2015 08:00 PM

Let your voice be heard

To The Editor: On Tuesday night, April 28 at the Town of Middletown Town Hall, the Tea Party kicked off its first meeting of the season. These are public meetings open to all.  Our first meeting was a standing-room-only event. More...

Posted 5/5/2015 08:00 PM

FUNdraiser was a great success

To The Editor: On behalf of the Morton Memorial Library Board, I’d like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all who came out for our spring FUNdraiser, dinner at the Zephyr! More...

Posted 4/21/2015 08:00 PM

Put on their thinking caps

To The Editor: I was surprised to learn that donkey basketball would take place at Margaretville Central School. More...

Posted 3/31/2015 08:00 PM

He couldn't give up

To The Editor: Sandy Scudder suffered a major injury in a logging accident several years ago.  His survival was remarkable, and his recovery was both long and painful.   It speaks to me of the kind of people who live in the Cats­kills. More...

Posted 3/24/2015 08:00 PM

I never questioned his passion

To The Editor: I want to publicly thank Todd Pascarella for his service to Fleischmanns. More...

Posted 3/24/2015 08:00 PM

Stop donkey basketball at MCS

To The Editor:  This is a copy of the letter I wrote to John Riedl (MCS Interim Superintendent) at jriedl@margaretvillecs.org and Colin Clark (MCS Principal) at cclark@margaretvillecs.org. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

No place in today's world

To The Editor:  I felt I needed to write you about some disturbing news. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

Donkey basketball is cruel

To The Editor:  Earlier this week we learned that the MCS Honor Society is planning to host a “donkey basketball” match this April as their big fundraiser.  More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

A flawed project

To The Editor:  The following is a quote from the application for the N.Y. Rising-Bull Run Project sent from the Margaretville village office to Albany. It is the section to justify the project.  More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

"Peace in Our Time"

To The Editor: Is there a strange, frightening, and compelling analogy between Neville Chamberlain negotiating with Hitler in 1939 and the arguably failed presidency of Barack Obama (and Mr. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

Stop Donkey Basketball at MCS

To The Editor: This is a copy of the letter I wrote to John Riedl (MCS Interim Superintendent) at jriedl@margaretvillecs.org and Colin Clark (MCS Principal) at cclark@margaretvillecs.org. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

No Place in Today's World

To The Editor: I felt I needed to write you about some disturbing news. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

DEP flood programs explained

To The Editor: Over the past several weeks, there have been stories and letters in the Catskill Mountain News about two voluntary programs that will use New York City funding to reduce the impact of storm-related flooding throughout the region. More...

Posted 3/10/2015 08:00 PM

Water's running again — thank you!

To The Editor: My neighbor, Mary Ann Todd, and I both had the same experience recently, frozen water! I contacted Jerry Hamil, “The Water Guy”, and he and Ray Kohl came out about 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23. More...

Posted 3/3/2015 08:00 PM

Electoral "report card"

To the Editor: There will be no challenges in the upcoming Margaretville election, only the incumbents names will appear on the ballot. More...

Posted 2/24/2015 08:00 PM

Why continue the Watershed Agreement?

To The Editor: The article in the February 4 issue about the Margaretville Village Board’s travails with DEP may present the need to confront a larger issue. More...

Posted 2/10/2015 08:00 PM

Leadership changed needed

To The Editor: On January 24 I attended the annual Schoharie Water Quality Summit. The focus this year was on community action for flood mitigation and economic recovery after the recent flood events. More...

Posted 2/3/2015 08:00 PM

Why all the flood damage?

To The Editor: Thank you for last week’s article about the NY Rising Margaretville Bull Run project. More...

Posted 1/13/2015 08:00 PM

Reflections on the resort public hearing

To The Editor: Last Monday night, January 6 (and I pray to God) the final public hearing for the Crossroads project was held at Shandaken Town Hall. More...

Posted 1/13/2015 08:00 PM

RCS capital improvements are needed

To the Editor: As a former full-time resident and now a second homeowner lucky enough to still be employed in our neck of the woods, I wanted to send a brief shout out to support the capital project coming up for a vote on January 6 for Roxbury Centr More...

Posted 12/30/2014 08:00 PM

What's wrong at Belleayre?

To The Editor: Belleayre is off to a slow start in its third season under the ORDA administration.  We’re three weeks into the season with a pretty fair start weather wise.  How is it that Belleayre Run is still not open?  Only three expert tr More...

Posted 12/16/2014 08:00 PM

Your help is truly needed

To The Editor: Each year, our Community Christmas Project reaches out to brighten Christmas for many area residents. Last year, food baskets were delivered to 143 families, affecting 423 of your friends, relatives, and neighbors. More...

Posted 12/16/2014 08:00 PM

Don't pass a stopped school bus!

To The Editor: Just in the past month, Margaretville Central School (MCS) bus drivers have had eight vehicles pass their busses while they were stopped with their flashing red lights on. More...

Posted 12/9/2014 08:00 PM

I'd prefer not to pay more taxes, but I will

To the Editor: I am writing in response to Kathryn and Geoffrey Pierini’s letter in the Catskill Mountain News the week of December 3rd, in which they expressed their concern about the proposed capital project for the Roxbury Central School Dis More...

Posted 12/9/2014 08:00 PM