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Herculean efforts applauded

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To The Editor:
Once again the Historical Society of Middletown has presented a fantastic musical program.
Up at the Historical Society Hall on Cemetery Road, we had the pleasure of hearing the 77th Regimental Balladeers from Windham. This is a 15-piece band playing and singing Civil War era, All-American, and Folk favorites.  It was a totally entertaining and inspiring program, which everyone in attendance enjoyed. Thanks go, of course, to Diane Galusha for her herculean efforts organizing this program and keeping the Historical Society a vital part of our community.


We still live in a capitalistic country

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To The Editor:
I read with great interest the letter written by Matthew Frisch of the Catskill Heritage Alliance pertaining to the public’s “right to know” certain aspects of Cross­roads proposed Highmount Spa Resort, in particular the basis of their business plan for the project.
As a former executive of two public corporations, I am puzzled why anyone except for current and prospective investors should be privy to this information in the first place. Are Mr. Frisch and his associates and residents of the area intending to invest their money in this proposed venture?   


There are honest people

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To The Editor:
I would like to thank the person who found my wallet last Friday on Route 28 and turned it in to Sanford Auto Parts.
Panic always ensues when one’s wallet is missing, but it is so nice to know that there are honest people in the community. Thanks to Sanfords too.

Iris Mead, Margaretville


Big fat tax deduction

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To The Editor:
   In response to Matthew Frisch’s letter to the editor last week, the “Public has the right to know.”  The one thing the public does indeed have the right to know is this: Where did Mr. Frisch and his Catskill Heritage Alliance get the $67,310 they paid to their consultant last year to attack the proposed Belleayre Resort project, the very same consultant they are again using this year to justify why the resort should be stopped


Correcting the record

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To The Editor:
We want to thank Mr. Sanford for his editorial in the August 13 edition of the Catskill Mountain News regarding the need for school districts in our area and across the state to share services. We believe that it is our responsibility as school board members to constantly search for ways to increase the educational opportunities of our students. Sharing services between school districts and with local municipalities is one way to do this.


Public has a right to know

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To The Editor:
Instead of resorting to innuendo, Crossroads could do more to further public discourse by responding directly to the substance of the Public and Environmental Finance Associates (PEFA) critique of the resort’s financial assumptions.


There is no free ride

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To The Editor:
I have been following your articles over the past few weeks concerning the “flood buy-out” program. Both sides have raised issues and concerns for and against this program.  
What seems to be overlooked is this: Where are these funds coming from to help our neighbors? Yes, it is unfortunate for them to have a loss in value of their homes. Yes, they will not be able to sell their property at fair market value. Who would want to purchase a home or even land in a flood zone?


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.


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