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Unfair taxation in Halcottsville

To The Editor:
The centerpiece of the history of the Catskill Region focuses on the Anti-Rent Wars. King George had given large swaths of Catskill land to his inner circle. Farmers paid rent to these wealthy landowners with no hope of ever actually owning the land and no recourse to change their circumstances. As the story goes, they dressed as Indians and killed the rent collector, Sheriff Steele.


Is this madness or insanity?

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To The Editor:


Consolidation worth the cost

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To The Editor:
This past week in the Catskill Mountain News I read, with interest, the article about the Middletown-Hardenburgh/Village of Margaretville fire district consolidation discussions. While reading the article I found several references to firefighter’s opinions on the consolidation that seem to indicate that the decision makers are the firefighters who man the equipment for the village and town districts. In attendance at that board meeting were members of the district commissioners, not firemen. These were the people who spoke of the consolidation.


Thanks to all who helped

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Carriage Barn re-opening celebrated at Kirkside

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By Jill Ribich
A crowd of about 100 people was on hand in Roxbury Tuesday evening to celebrate the opening of the restored Carriage Barn at Kirkside Park.
The restoration of the barn was a labor of love that was over 30 years in the making. The barns were part of the estate of Helen Gould Shephard, daughter of railroad magnate, Jay Gould, which included what is now Kirkside Retirement Home and Kirkside Park.


State needs sound judgment

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To The Editor:
Hopefully, last week’s letter to the editor, “No Bashing Needed” finally puts an end to Joan Lawrence-Bauer’s attacks on Laszlo Vajtay and Plattekill. Kudos to Mr. Giuffrida.

I too am a Plattekill skier and have been for more than eight years. I am presently in the process of buying a weekend ski house. I wondered why someone had not stepped up sooner and spoken in support of Plattekill. I would like to comment that Mr. Giuffrida’s letter only corrected some of her blatantly erroneous remarks, but I have not written this letter to continue the bashing.


Reporter is all wet

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To the Editor:
When Joe Moskowitz ran into me at the checkout of a local establishment, he asked me to clarify a “nasty rumor” regarding the Arkville water system. I asked what he meant, and he responded that he had heard that the new well was to be a secondary well and not the primary well for the hamlet. I told him that that was correct and he asked if he could talk to me about that for an article he was writing. I told him that was fine and to get a hold of me to set up a time. That never happened.


Inflation is the weapon

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To The Editor:
America is at a crossroads. Most Americans are now living from paycheck to paycheck and have no savings nor do they own either stocks or bonds. Worse yet, the major part of the U.S. population is deep in debt with their credit cards to the tune of over $10,000.


Writer was in a hurry

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 To The Editor:
Mr. Moskowitz’ recent article about the “multi-cultural scene” in Fleischmanns seems to be all about the money.  What he has to say about the Hasidic community and that “their money is the same color green as everyone else’s” is a poor focus for a rich subject.


Story was highly offensive

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To The Editor:
In the July 17- 23 Catskill Mountain News article, “Multi-cultural scene common sight in Fleischmanns,” writer Joe Moskowitz has appointed himself an expert on Hasidic Jewish customs and mores.  

Mr. Moskowitz’s remarks are inaccurate and display a lack of research and knowledge. These are not attributes of a qualified journalist.  He expresses only negative views about a culture and religion of which he knows little to nothing.  This article is highly offensive.

Anita Rubin,
Fleischmanns


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