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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 PM

Don't shortchange the future

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

Posted 2/25/2014 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 PM

Thanks to all who helped with Mville Thanksgiving Dinner

To the Editor:     Thank you to everyone who supported the Margaretville area Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 28. More...

Posted 12/10/2013 08:00 PM

Happy Trails to faithful companion Schnozzie

To The Editor: On Friday, Nov. 29 our beloved dog, Schnoz, left this earthly plain to see if she could be of service on another. More...

Posted 12/10/2013 08:00 PM

Fear the renewal notice

To The Editor: I just receive my homeowner’s insurance renewal notice and it is infuriating. For 2013 my homeowner’s insurance premium was $316. For 2014 the premium will be $521, a 65 percent increase. More...

Posted 12/3/2013 08:00 PM

Please support the Roxbury Holiday Fund

To The Editor: Another year has rolled around and it is time again to think about our neighbors during the holiday season. We will be delivering food boxes and opening our “FREE” toy store in a few weeks. More...

Posted 12/3/2013 08:00 PM

Promises were made; lies were told

To The Editor: Yet another Election Day has come and gone. Some citizens are happy, others are sad.  The politicians have stepped down from their soapboxes, the campaign speeches have stopped. The lawn signs are gone. More...

Posted 11/19/2013 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 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 08:00 PM

Hospital's early intervention saves many lives

To The Editor: Thank you for your article about Sue Doig’s journey from sickness to health. More...

Posted 12/17/2013 08:00 PM

Community help needed for Community Christmas Project

To The Editor: Each year, our Community Christmas Project reaches out to brighten Christmas for many area residents. Last year, baskets were delivered to 159 families affecting 530 of your friends, relatives, and neighbors. More...

Posted 12/10/2013 08:00 PM

Put a shovel in the ground for Belleayre Resort

To the Editor: Though it has been over five months since the public hearing, we were pleased to read that the Belleayre Resort Project has submitted plans to the Middletown and Shandaken planning boards.  The full build-out of Belleayre Mountain Ski More...

Posted 12/3/2013 08:00 PM

Maggie the Dog, what a life!

To The Editor: Matt and I said goodbye to Maggie on October 22. Her energy level was declining (she was 14), and when she stopped eating we took her to Doctor Dan in Grand Gorge. He took a few blood tests and an X -Ray, which showed advanced cancer. More...

Posted 12/3/2013 08:00 PM

Where are we headed

To The Editor: During the last century, Europe witnessed the violent clash of two political ideologies diametrically opposed to each other – on the Left – Communism, on the Right – National Socialism. More...

Posted 11/19/2013 08:00 PM

Support Main Street businesses

To The Editor: Yet another Election Day has come and gone. Some citizens are happy, others are sad.  The politicians have stepped down from their soapboxes, the campaign speeches have stopped. The lawn signs are gone. More...

Posted 11/19/2013 08:00 PM