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What's wrong at Belleayre?

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To The Editor:
Belleayre is off to a slow start in its third season under the ORDA administration. 
We’re three weeks into the season with a pretty fair start weather wise.  How is it that Belleayre Run is still not open?  Only three expert trails are open, excluding Cathedral Brook, which is open but probably shouldn’t be.  Skiing on Thursday and Friday, I had an inescapable feeling that there’s something wrong at our ski area. 


Selfish folks fighting the resort

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To The Editor:
I live directly across the valley from the proposed Belleayre Resort, with a panoramic view of the ski area’s existing slopes. There are very few homes that share this view, or would see the proposed golf course upon completion. That’s a fact. From a distance, without binoculars, the ski slopes are just white strips in the winter, green in the summer. You can’t see the chairs on the lifts, or the skiers, with the naked eye. A golf course, from the same view plane, would look like any pastureland in the area.


I'd prefer not to pay more taxes, but I will

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To the Editor:
I am writing in response to Kathryn and Geoffrey Pierini’s letter in the Catskill Mountain News the week of December 3rd, in which they expressed their concern about the proposed capital project for the Roxbury Central School District.
While there are arguments to be made in favor of this project and in opposition to the tax increase that could accompany it, I was saddened by the Pierini’s argument that “Second homeowners pay full taxes for property and school, yet do not generally enroll kids in the school system....”  I, too, am a second homeowner who hopes to one day live fulltime in this community. My husband and I have no children but strongly believe that a community cannot thrive unless we all care deeply about the well being of its children.


Environmental education paramount

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To The Editor:
Please allow me to clarify information that was put forward by Thomas Clark in his letter last week.
In the past 35 years, the sun and climate have been going in opposite directions; therefore increased sunshine cannot be blamed for climate change. Plants require carbon dioxide for growth, however agriculture depends on constant water supplies and global warming is the cause of both floods and droughts. Ninety seven percent of climate experts agree that humans are causing global warming; this is an established scientific fact and denial is ludicrous.


Don't pass a stopped school bus!

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To The Editor:
Just in the past month, Margaretville Central School (MCS) bus drivers have had eight vehicles pass their busses while they were stopped with their flashing red lights on.
When a stopped school bus flashes its red lights, traffic that approaches from either direction, even in front of the school and in school parking lots, must stop before it reaches the bus. Before a school bus stops to load or discharge passengers, the driver will flash yellow warning lights. When you see them, slow down and be prepared to stop. Look for children.


Kirkside support appreciated

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To The Editor:
On behalf of the Kirkside Board of Directors and the Kirkside community, I want to express our appreciation to those who responded so generously supporting Kirkside in our recent fundraising campaign.
Your gifts supporting Kirkside renews our commitment to provide quality care to those who call Kirkside home.
To those who have yet to respond, please do so knowing that your support is important to us.
Thank you.

Rev. Richard Dykstra, Secretary, Kirkside Board of Directors


Climate change is not going away

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To The Editor:
Global climate change has not been a big issue recently. I thought it would be constructive to present some facts about this issue now that things have calmed down a bit.
Climate change is occurring all over the world. It is caused by rising concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere. This CO2 is a direct result of human activities that involve burning fossil fuels (coal and oil) for the energy they contain. There is plenty of room for debate as to what, if anything, should be done about it. But there is no debate about what is happening and why.


Supervisor claims inaccuracies

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To The Editor:
It would be regrettable if language used by myself in a moment of sincere frustration during the November 13th town board meeting were to succeed in distracting from the important issues facing the Town of Middletown. I apologize for that, and for helping to create a distraction when measurable progress is being made both locally and countywide. It would also be regrettable if recent articles in the News by Joe Moskowitz were to stand without correction. Here are the facts, which were either omitted or misunderstood by Mr. Moskowitz in his stories regarding November’s town board meetings:


Time to move on

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To The Editor:
Regarding the assertion in the November 26 issue of this paper that Marge Miller maintain time sheets in order to prove that her position is in fact a full time position, I question whether such a requirement would force us to pay her the NYS minimum wage, which, if she does in fact justify full time hours, would come to a total of $17,500.  I will plead ignorance in this area.
I know how I pay my people, and the laws are pretty thorny at times, particularly when you start setting requirements such as these.


Fiendish killer is suspected

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To The Editor:
On Monday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 a.m., my husband and I and our two dogs took our usual hike on our property. This was a hike we have taken hundreds of times.
Our older dog, who was wear­ing a red bandana and green collar with his license attached, must have caught the scent of something and strayed off the trail. This, too, has happened many times but he has always come back to join us or found his way to our house within the hour.


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