"Do unto others" bears remembering

To The Editor: What kind of people are you? More...

Posted 6/10/2014 07:00 PM

What Happened to the Coronet R/T?

To The Editor: Several years ago, Margaretville resident Sally DeMaggio passed away. At that time she owned a 1968 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T. I was the original owner who sold it to her. I am now interested in finding out what happened to that car? More...

Posted 6/10/2014 07:00 PM

Food bank needs donations

To The Editor: The Andes Food Bank, in association with Andes Central School, is piloting an initiative to help stretch the family budget and promote healthy eating habits among the children of Andes. More...

Posted 5/20/2014 07:00 PM

Bed tax hinders those trying to help

To The Editor: As a former full-time resident who has spent thousands of dollars fixing up my home to make it a quality lodging alternative to rent to visitors, I am disappointed in my county supervisors adding a two percent bed tax to the modest ren More...

Posted 5/13/2014 07:00 PM

Small town, big hearts

To The Editor: I’d like to thank everyone, especially Chuck and Roger McIntosh, Jim Gohlke, and everyone at the Fairview Library for making possible the wonderful auction on April 26 of Cheryl’s collection of fishing, hunting, camping, an More...

Posted 5/6/2014 07:00 PM

Leaders are making more problems

To The Editor: You reported that the Dela­ware County Supervisors voted to pass a two percent bed tax on hotels, B&Bs and motels in order to help the county promote tourism. I believe the tax will have the opposite effect. More...

Posted 5/6/2014 07:00 PM

When can we expect a decision?

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Joseph Martens, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor. More...

Posted 4/29/2014 07:00 PM

Honey-hungry bear damages Woodchuck Lodge

To The Editor: Help! John Burroughs’ Wood­chuck Lodge was attacked. Actually, the decades-old beehive under the eave was attacked, the Saturday before Easter, by a honey-hungry bear. More...

Posted 4/29/2014 07:00 PM

Freedom is not free

To The Editor: The controversy continues involving the New York SAFE Act. Both sides have voiced their opinion involving what this will or will not accomplish. The April 15 deadline is fast approaching. More...

Posted 4/8/2014 07:00 PM

All students deserve honorable mention

To The Editor: This is to commend all the students that entered the Mia Steiners at MCS. After attending the awards ceremony I felt the need to acknowledge the effort put into your work, and the ability to put yourselves out there. More...

Posted 4/1/2014 07:00 PM

SAFE Act brings a hint of sanity

To The Editor: Constitutional rights are context specific.  The first amendment includes the right of free speech but we accept that it is illegal to scream “fire” in a crowded building.  You can’t make a joke about bombs if you&rsq More...

Posted 3/11/2014 07:00 PM

Second Amendment Rights Violated

To The Editor: It seems the NYS (un) Safe Act, is still a major topic over a year latter with law-abiding citizens.  I use the word unsafe because that is exactly what it is.  This was a knee-jerk reaction to a mass murder, pure and simple. More...

Posted 3/4/2014 07:00 PM

Sweet Valentine's Dinner Raffle

To The Editor: Congratulations to the winner of the Valentine’s Day Dinner Raffle at Peekamoose, Peter Molnar. More...

Posted 2/25/2014 07:00 PM

Railroad is an appealing attraction

To The Editor: Our family of five enjoys traveling the country and visiting area railroads. The Catskill Mountain Railroad is certainly appealing. But to sacrifice a portion of this railroad for a trail is poor judgment at best. More...

Posted 2/25/2014 07:00 PM

Science is needed to protect golden eagles

To The Editor: Gloria Malloy (in last week’s paper) brought up a very good point regarding the importance of studying climate change. This is precisely why we are studying the flight habits of golden eagles. More...

Posted 2/25/2014 07:00 PM

Obvious omission is Rep. Gibson

To the Editor: There was an obvious omission in your article last week about the “big” effects of the recent cuts in the SNAP (food stamp) program on our state and more specifically the Catskill Region [“Farm Bill could have big loc More...

Posted 2/18/2014 07:00 PM

Can anyone disregard the law?

To the Editor: The juxtaposition of two gun-related Catskill Mountain News articles on February 12 was shocking. More...

Posted 2/18/2014 07:00 PM

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

To The Editor:    I have read with interest the many letters for and against the pending development of the Belleayre Resort. More...

Posted 2/11/2014 07:00 PM

Fundraising event was paw-some!

To The Editor: A letter of sincere thanks to the community for your support of the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society Benefit event held at Crazy River Café. More...

Posted 2/11/2014 07:00 PM

Volunteering is a win-win for all

To The Editor: “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. More...

Posted 2/4/2014 07:00 PM

Belleayre skiers take issue with parking

Editor’s note: The News rarely publishes unsigned letters but reserves the right to make exceptions to that practice. More...

Posted 1/28/2014 07:00 PM

Is it too much to ask?

To The Editor: Hostility toward the New York Safe Act, passed within days of the Sandy Hook massacre, has more to do with private property than gun rights.  The act makes magazines holding over 10 rounds (originally seven) illegal in New York State. More...

Posted 1/28/2014 07:00 PM

Two wealthy families' war against the resort

To the Editor:  As is often the case, there is a story behind the story.  The Catskill Mountain News reported last week more than 70 people attended the Middletown Planning Board’s public hearing on the proposed Belleayre Resort.  The overwhelm More...

Posted 1/21/2014 07:00 PM

Thanks for senior ski prices

To The Editor: I would like to commend the Olympic Regional Development Authority for keeping the over 70 senior price for a one-day ski pass at Belleayre to $20. Thank you Mr. Blazer and your staff. More...

Posted 1/14/2014 07:00 PM

Are you satisfied with America?

To The Editor: It is being able to “print” endless amounts of money through little more than computer entries that Washington is able to not only spend massive amounts of dollars building its extraordinarily unconstitutional secret Police More...

Posted 12/24/2013 07:00 PM

Rebuild the Fleischmanns Bridge!

To The Editor, I am a homeowner in the Village of Fleischmanns and am concerned by your May 22 article, "Fleischmanns Bridge Resolution is Delayed," and the report that there are some in our village who do not want a bridge on Bridge Street. More...

Posted 6/10/2014 07:00 PM

It certainly can't be any worse

To The Editor: I am truly amazed that the Village of Fleischmanns cannot come to grips with the need to stop delaying the bridge issue. More...

Posted 5/27/2014 07:00 PM

Dissolve the Village Board

To The Editor: I was recently informed, I hope erroneously, that several Fleischmanns Village Board members do not want to open the village pool this year “because of financial considerations.” The pool is one of two major recreational re More...

Posted 5/13/2014 07:00 PM

Thanks for support of Fairview Library

To The Editor: I write to express the appreciation of the Fairview Public Library’s staff and trustees to everyone in the community that contributed so generously to the benefit auction a week ago. More...

Posted 5/13/2014 07:00 PM

Overwhelming Kindness

To The Editor: Our family suffered the tragic loss of our home to a fire last September. The number of people who extended kindnesses to us was, and still is, overwhelming. More...

Posted 5/6/2014 07:00 PM

Enjoyed Fire Tower Puzzle

To The Editor: As the volunteer coordinator at the Balsam Lake fire tower, I just wanted to send along a big “thank you” to Trish Adams and the Catskill Mountain News for the recent fire tower logic puzzle! More...

Posted 4/29/2014 07:00 PM

Baseball is back in Shandaken

To The Editor: This past Saturday, Glenbrook Park in the Town of Shandaken was the site for something that had not happened in the town for more than a decade – an Opening Day celebration for the onset of Little League baseball. More...

Posted 4/29/2014 07:00 PM

Every little bit helps MCS scholars

To The Editor: Budget cuts affect everyone, but the worst thing is to deprive our children of getting an education simply because they are unable to meet rising college costs. More...

Posted 4/15/2014 07:00 PM

Appreciation for Belleayre Ski Patrol and employees

To The Editor: The call came in to the house at about 10 a.m. My four-year-old and I were just about to leave to drive over to Belleayre Mountain to meet my father, his grandfather, for a little bit of beginner skiing. More...

Posted 4/1/2014 07:00 PM

Contest deserved better promotion

To The Editor: Last week my company, Titan Drilling Corp., ran a contest based on the winter storm named Titan, that was suppose to hit us, but ended up going south. More...

Posted 3/11/2014 07:00 PM

Please vote in May 20 school elections

To The Editor: It’s that time of year again. Time to get ready for school budget votes and school board member elections. In the next few weeks, school districts will hold public budget hearings. More...

Posted 3/11/2014 07:00 PM

Sen. Seward clarifies quote on SAFE Act

To The Editor: I would like to set the record straight in regard to a quote attributed to me in a February 12, 2014 article in the Catskill Mountain News regarding the recent SAFE Act forum at the Delhi American Legion, and restated in a critical let More...

Posted 3/4/2014 07:00 PM

Don't shortchange the future

To The Editor: We live in a time of great economic hardships. More...

Posted 2/25/2014 07:00 PM

Thanks for your support, Freshtown!

To the Editor:  The Fairview Public Library would like to thank the Freshtown of Margaretville for the donations of healthy snacks to our story time program. More...

Posted 2/25/2014 07:00 PM

President Obama is leading us forward

To the Editor: Even before the Great Recession hit, our country experienced massive shifts in technology and global competition, that had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on. More...

Posted 2/18/2014 07:00 PM

In defense of the crossbow

To the Editor: I have send a version of this letter about being in favor of legalized crossbow hunting in NY to Gunther, Bonacic, Sweeney, the DEC and Cuomo. More...

Posted 2/18/2014 07:00 PM

Leave the birds alone

To The Editor: Re your article on the capture and tagging of a golden eagle as part of study project, it is shameful that we can’t leave the birds alone.  The large transmitter box, which was attached to the bird, may have some influence on it More...

Posted 2/18/2014 07:00 PM

Endowment fund is essential

The Editor:   The Margaretville Health Foundation, now in its 6th year as a non-profit, renews its commitment to the vision of ensuring the Central Catskills community with access to the highest quality health care. More...

Posted 2/11/2014 07:00 PM

Stop the Belleayre bullying

To The Editor: While skimming the News last week I came upon a letter to the editor in reference to areas where Belleayre employees park and where the writer(s) of the letter think they should park. More...

Posted 2/4/2014 07:00 PM

A Valentine's for Santa

To The Editor: Known to some as contractor extraordinaire, to others as Santa and to a fortunate number as friend. More...

Posted 2/4/2014 07:00 PM

Getting what you deserve

To The Editor: The Obama administration is being forced to back off its plan to bomb yet another defenseless Third World country, in this case Syria. It is a tremendous setback for the Pentagon’s Dogs of War. More...

Posted 1/28/2014 07:00 PM

Questions about the Bed Tax

Editor’s note: The following letter is addressed to Mike Triolo, supervisor of the Town of Stamford. The author asked that it be published here as a letter to the editor. More...

Posted 1/21/2014 07:00 PM

Issues with the NY SAFE Act

To The Editor: NYS SAFE Act is still a hot topic in New York State.  It has been a little over a year since our governor under a so called, Measure of Necessity, and without conforming to legislative procedures, pushed this act into law. More...

Posted 1/21/2014 07:00 PM

We're stuck in the middle on taxes

To The Editor: Roxbury Central School enrollment has declined by 30 children according to Superintendent Thomas O’Brien. More...

Posted 12/24/2013 07:00 PM

Delaware County Drug Task Force

To The Editor: As the drug problem in Delaware County continues to accelerate at a dangerous rate, and threatens to excessively burden our county finances and play havoc with families and businesses on many levels, it is important that we all partici More...

Posted 12/24/2013 07:00 PM