Mailbag

Postal plan is the worst plan

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To The Editor:
“Survey says”… When the public is presented with bad choices, they tend not to choose or vote. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) gives rural America the worse possible choices for their post offices…Discontinuance Study. Which is deceiving, because all main post offices are protected from closures by postal policy. Or reduce the operating hours by 50 percent. “Just Bad Choices.” The sheer number of residents that did not reply (235) to the postal survey for Big Indian and Highmount shows no one approves. And the ones that responded, “survey says.”


Swart Street bridge progress

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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 the next step is to conduct studies and analysis to validate costs and compliance with codes and regulations.” The details include the approval of over $33,000 for studies and designs to proceed. 

Marc J. Osterweil, Margaretville


Explore the exciting possibilities

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To The Editor,
Over the weekend it was brought to our attention that the Margaretville Central School will lose both of its administrators.  Coupled with a recent loss of several faculty members at Roxbury Central School, it is our belief that we are presented with the rare opportunity for both districts to enter into a dialogue as to how these losses could become the catalyst for both schools to create synergies, shared services, expanded student opportunities and cost savings to the community.


Rail with Trail is the best alternative

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To The Editor:
Since moving to Minneapolis a little more than two years ago, I have mostly avoided commentary and involvement in Shandaken politics. It would be improper given the fact that I’m no longer in the area save for an occasional visit. However, the ongoing, vociferous debate surrounding the railroad and proposed rail-trail is a personal one given my family’s long-time involvement with the Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR). I’d like to share a few thoughts and offer a pubic defense of the railroad in the face of uninformed attacks on its legitimacy and leadership.


No tax dollars used on students' trip

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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. Firsthand, I know how rewarding it was since my own wife and daughter participated.
I am writing this letter to clarify that although the article used phrases such as “teachers, students, and parents,” it was not a school-sanctioned activity and no tax dollars were used to fund it. This was a privately organized venture that was coordinated around the school community but was funded wholly by the participants.


Request shows lack of understanding

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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.


Hard pressed to understand

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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.


Thrilled to have facility

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To The Editor:
As new and avid swimmers we are happy to have an opportunity to begin exercising again at the Catskill Recreation Center. The pool is magnificent; there is a fully equipped workout room, various exercise programs, great staff, and highly trained lifeguards and instructors. We are very grateful to have this wonderful addition to our community.
The hours are very convenient and afford many people the opportunity of exercising before or after work. The staff has been very accommodating to our local students in the Margaretville/Fleischmanns Recreation Program. We can’t say enough how thrilled we are to have this facility. We encourage everyone to visit the facility and have fun!

Linda Taylor, Carol Norwick, and Nancy Millen
Margaretville Central School staff


Correcting the record

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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.


No charitable contributions required

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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.
The meaning of ORDA’s charter being a public benefits corporation and not one for-profit is clear. As is “supporting a public recreational and cultural amenity that seeks to improve the quality of life for people in the surrounding community while stimulating the regional economy.”


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