Let the people decide

To The Editor: I would like to address the article in last week’s pertaining to the bio-fuel heating plan in Fleischmanns. More...

Posted 9/16/2014 08:00 PM

Puppy Love at work for a good cause

To The Editor: You may have seen me walking around Margaretville with Hadley, a 14-month-old female yellow Lab. In November she will be going to seeing eye dog formal training at the Freedom Guide Dogs facility in Cassville. More...

Posted 9/2/2014 08:00 PM

Big fat tax deduction

To The Editor:    In response to Matthew Frisch’s letter to the editor last week, the “Public has the right to know.”  The one thing the public does indeed have the right to know is this: Where did Mr. More...

Posted 8/19/2014 08:00 PM

We still live in a capitalistic country

To The Editor: I read with great interest the letter written by Matthew Frisch of the Catskill Heritage Alliance pertaining to the public’s “right to know” certain aspects of Cross­roads proposed Highmount Spa Resort, in particular More...

Posted 8/19/2014 08:00 PM

Swart Street bridge progress

To the Editor: Your readers might be happy to know that I received another email from Alison Kohler, FEMA Region II Deputy Director, stating that there has been progress on the Swart Street bridge project.  She states, “You’ll see that t More...

Posted 8/12/2014 08:00 PM

There is no free ride

To The Editor: I have been following your articles over the past few weeks concerning the “flood buy-out” program. Both sides have raised issues and concerns for and against this program. More...

Posted 8/12/2014 08:00 PM

No tax dollars used on students' trip

To The Editor: I was happy to see the wonderful article in last week’s paper about the joint Margaretville/ Roxbury trip to Europe this past July. More...

Posted 8/5/2014 08:00 PM

No charitable contributions required

To The Editor: I read with interest the article appearing in last week’s edition reporting on the Comptroller’s evaluation of ORDA’s finances. Particularly the comments by Mel Litoff and Gary Gailes. More...

Posted 7/29/2014 08:00 PM

Thrilled to have facility

To The Editor: As new and avid swimmers we are happy to have an opportunity to begin exercising again at the Catskill Recreation Center. More...

Posted 7/29/2014 08:00 PM

Request shows lack of understanding

To The Editor: The Board of Directors of the Belleayre Conservatory has pas­sed a resolution taking strong issue with the Office of Comptroller DiNapoli’s findings and suggestions in regard to the relationship between ORDA and the Conservatory. More...

Posted 7/29/2014 08:00 PM

Who said print is dead?

To The Editor: Just a note to say thanks to you and writer John Bernhardt for the article that he wrote about the East Meredith Depot’s open house. People arrived with the Catskill Mountain News in their hands. More...

Posted 7/22/2014 08:00 PM

What neighbors do for each other

To The Editor: Friday, July 11, my husband took our dog Tonto to the state park land at the end of Lower Birch Creek Road (UBC). Some swimmers were there. Bam! A blast from their boom box made him bolt. Then he did what he does best. More...

Posted 7/22/2014 08:00 PM

It's simply democracy at work

To The Editor: Last week’s letter alleging that partisan politics was behind Supervisor Miller’s failure to be voted to the CWC board was unfortunate. More...

Posted 7/15/2014 08:00 PM

Andes pool problem explained

To The Editor: This open letter is for those of you who have expressed your concern, disappointment, and downright anger (and you know who you are) to the board, our town clerk, and myself regarding the delay in the opening of the Andes pool. More...

Posted 7/15/2014 08:00 PM

Now more than ever: push for resort

To The Editor: It is vitally important that all who support the Belleayre Resort contact Governor Cuomo urging him to communicate to DEC Commissioner Martens the importance of completion of all in-house staff work so that a Final Environmental Impact More...

Posted 7/15/2014 08:00 PM

Forbid Land Acquisitions in Villages

To The Editor: It seems an appropriate time to weigh in on the highly charg­ed topic of so-called DEP flood buyouts. More...

Posted 7/8/2014 08:00 PM

On the backs of you and me

To The Editor: Editor Sanford’s editorial, “Governor, make resort call,” held both inaccuracies and lapses of common sense. More...

Posted 7/1/2014 08:00 PM

Where are our elected reps?

To The Editor: Your piece last week about the irresponsible delay by the DEC in dealing with the resort application was one of your best-written and most-important editorials. I wonder, where are our elected officials in this matter? More...

Posted 7/1/2014 08:00 PM

CWC's position on buyouts

To The Editor:  On behalf of the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), I am responding to Supervisor Miller’s letter to the editor of last week. More...

Posted 7/1/2014 08:00 PM

Middletown was on the record

To The Editor: I would like to thank News’ Editor Dick Sanford for expressing his view on the DEP’s attempt to circumvent several vital aspects of the MOA. More...

Posted 6/24/2014 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 PM

Herculean efforts applauded

To The Editor: Once again the Historical Society of Middletown has presented a fantastic musical program. Up at the Historical Society Hall on Cemetery Road, we had the pleasure of hearing the 77th Regimental Balladeers from Windham. More...

Posted 9/2/2014 08:00 PM

Fairview Library anniversary celebration

To The Editor: On Saturday, Aug. More...

Posted 9/2/2014 08:00 PM

Correcting the record

To The Editor: We want to thank Mr. Sanford for his editorial in the August 13 edition of the Catskill Mountain News regarding the need for school districts in our area and across the state to share services. More...

Posted 8/19/2014 08:00 PM

There are honest people

To The Editor: I would like to thank the person who found my wallet last Friday on Route 28 and turned it in to Sanford Auto Parts. More...

Posted 8/19/2014 08:00 PM

Explore the exciting possibilities

To The Editor, Over the weekend it was brought to our attention that the Margaretville Central School will lose both of its administrators. More...

Posted 8/12/2014 08:00 PM

Postal plan is the worst plan

To The Editor: “Survey says”… When the public is presented with bad choices, they tend not to choose or vote. The U.S. More...

Posted 8/12/2014 08:00 PM

Public has a right to know

To The Editor: Instead of resorting to innuendo, Crossroads could do more to further public discourse by responding directly to the substance of the Public and Environmental Finance Associates (PEFA) critique of the resort’s financial assumptio More...

Posted 8/12/2014 08:00 PM

Rail with Trail is the best alternative

To The Editor: Since moving to Minneapolis a little more than two years ago, I have mostly avoided commentary and involvement in Shandaken politics. More...

Posted 8/5/2014 08:00 PM

Correcting the record

To the Editor: A recent obituary for Robert Purcell of Roxbury has disturbed us deeply, primarily out of empathy and concern for persons who may have suffered as a result of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy. More...

Posted 7/29/2014 08:00 PM

Hard pressed to understand

To The Editor: As the time has come for the long-awaited decision on the DEC’s review of the Belleayre Resort Project, one cannot help but wonder if the bureaucratic bottleneck will continue. With the recent story in the NY Times about Gov. More...

Posted 7/29/2014 08:00 PM

Buyouts are a win-win

To The Editor: I would like to respond to the article written by Dick Sanford in the Catskill Mountain News. Before anyone writes an article in the newspaper they should do the proper research. More...

Posted 7/22/2014 08:00 PM

Comments on Andes pool issues

To The Editor: This letter is in response to Andes Town Supervisor Martin Donnelly’s letter in last week’s Catskill Mountain News regarding the ongoing problems with the opening of the Andes pool. More...

Posted 7/22/2014 08:00 PM

Burning forestland in Colonial times

To The Editor: A new book shows that it was colonial settlers who practiced burning forestland in colonial times.  “Muncie Indian Trade in Ulster County, New York, 1712 -1732”, published last year by Syracuse U. More...

Posted 7/22/2014 08:00 PM

Don't I have any rights?

To The Editor: You are listening to your television. More...

Posted 7/15/2014 08:00 PM

Reserve hunting for summer months

To The Editor: Referring to your article last week on homeowners grappling with the bear population; an early firearms season as a solution to increase the bear “harvest” beginning the Saturday after Labor Day sounds like a bad idea.  Th More...

Posted 7/15/2014 08:00 PM

Is Politics Involved?

To The Editor: Could any unbiased person understand Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board Pres­ident Triolo’s logic when he argues that the Town of Middle­town is represented on the CWC Board of Directors when the Middletown Supervisor was More...

Posted 7/8/2014 08:00 PM

Viewpoint is just plain nonsensical

To The Editor: With all due respect to Cats­kill Mountain News Editor Dick Sanford, I believe he lacks an understanding of the personal hardship of living in a flood plain. More...

Posted 7/1/2014 08:00 PM

Is history repeating itself

To The Editor: As we approach the 4th of July - Independence Day, and reflecting back on our past Memorial Day, a bit of sorrow has overcome me. More...

Posted 7/1/2014 08:00 PM

Reasoning is Shortsighted

To The Editor: I was startled to read Dick Sanford’s editorial opposing a buyout of flood prone properties in Margaretville or Fleischmanns. His reasoning is shortsighted and very selfish. More...

Posted 6/24/2014 08:00 PM

"Do unto others" bears remembering

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

Posted 6/10/2014 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 PM