Mailbag

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.”


Burning forestland in Colonial times

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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. Press, translates the log book of an unnamed Dutch Kingston trader, and has an entire section devoted to sales and services with early Native Americans. The old accounts record was discovered amongst Philip Schuyler’s papers, now in the archives of the NY Public Library.


What neighbors do for each other

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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. He went on “walkabout.” After all, he is a double Aussie – Australian Shepherd and Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Healer). That’s why he has a GPS on his collar.


Comments on Andes pool issues

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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. I would like to address his letter point by point.
Donnelly states, “Unfortun­ately, we are not clairvoyant as we would have been able to foresee a problem prior to July 4th and saved all of us from the angry rhetoric, indicating we put a damper on some of your 4th of July plans.”  


Who said print is dead?

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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.  They made journeys from Ulster, Sullivan and Otsego counties.  We had one man who was on a road trip to visit  a friend who had just built a home as a replica of an old station. When I looked in his car there were road atlases and a copy of the News.
So many souls never realized that the depot had been saved and remains as a vital addition to this museum village.  


Buyouts are a win-win

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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. There was a lot of misinformation or lack of information in the article.


Now more than ever: push for resort

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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 Statement (FEIS) will be issued. It is also important that the Governor urges Commissioner Martens to release the Belleayre UMP Unit Management Plan (UMP) that provides for expansion of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center’s trails and related infrastructure. If it is not released in August, it will be forwarded to next year’s budget and a year will be lost.


Reserve hunting for summer months

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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. 
The reason is that residents and visitors are still enjoying the good weather and visitors find our local bears and wildlife to be one of the few attractions here and want to safely enjoy the outdoors. 


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