Mailbag

Sept. 2, 2009: Local baseball legend is still a star

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To The Editor:
Last week Gene Fix wrote about his truly fantastic accomplishments as a pitcher at Margaretville Central School. When Gene was a junior, I was in seventh grade at Fleischmanns. I kept the score book for the Fleischmanns Varsity team. I idolized Gene. He was the best pitcher I ever saw, poetry in motion.


Sept. 2, 2009: Opportunity lost with theater project

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To The Editor:
I am somewhat shocked that the decision by Jonathan Starch and David France to sell the Galli-Curci Theatre hasn’t elicited more of a reaction here, but a few well-written letters and rebuttals. Lost in the lines of type is what these gentlemen were trying to do for Margaretville. I will admit that I know little about the disputed property and subsequent lawsuits other than what I’ve read in this paper, and quite frankly, I don’t care.


Sept. 2, 2009: Blame the rich for resort problems

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To The Editor:
John and Janet Fishkind latest — accusing Save the Mountain supporters of “extreme negativity toward development of the recreation and tourism component of our community,” ranks right up there with last week’s charge that we were happy the Galli Curci Theater reopening had fallen through. If you asked every person who has a Save the Mountain lawn sign in front of their house, I doubt you could find one who is against either reopening the Galli Curci Theater or recreation and tourism!


Sept. 2, 2009: Make way for eminent domain

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To The Editor:
I was saddened to learn a few weeks ago about the demise of the planned Margaretville theatre. Steve Finkel’s letter offered a wonderful answer to the cancelled Galli-Curci plans. Let the town/village step in. Brillant.


August 26, 2009: Human beings are the problem

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To The Editor:
In last week’s mailbag Ed Kirstein took exception to my use of the adjective fanatic to characterize those who promote global warming as an unchallenged scientific fact. I stated I thought, quite plainly, that I make no judgment of their thesis as to whether it was right or wrong.


August 26, 2009: Perfect opportunity for communitiy

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To The Editor:
While I read with disappointment about the owners of the Galli-Curci canceling their plans for renovating the building/theatre and indeed plan to sell it, this actually might be just the opportunity for the village/town to step up and purchase the building ourselves or create a foundation to buy it to create a wonderful community center for all residents and guests to enjoy.


August 26, 2009: Group's unintended consequences

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To The Editor:
Save the Mountain claims to favor development in the villages and hamlets, but when coupled with their extreme negativity toward development of the recreation and tourism component of our community, the “unintended consequence” is the most severely depressed economy seen in the entire region during the 40 years that we’ve enjoyed the northern Catskills.


August 19, 2009: Going to D.C. to protest funding

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To The Editor:
All right, now I am smokin’ mad! Why on earth is Paterson doling out $175 million in federal stimulus and other funds to welfare and food stamp recipients to meet their children’s “back to school” needs? He is giving every one of their children between 3-17 (whether they attend school or not) $200. What about the people who contribute to society?


August 19, 2009: Thank you, Sindy, for your hard work

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To The Editor:
I picked up my first tennis racket at about the age of 14. Living in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, I hit the ball against my schoolyard wall, then got a permit to use the decaying city courts under the George Washington Bridge. Hot or cold, sunny or drizzly, I played.


August 19, 2009: Health care is our problem

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To The Editor:
I’m writing about health care. I don’t want the angry mobs to steal this debate. We moved here from the UK, a country where I had fabulous care, even had two house calls from two different doctors, during our seven years there. (Can anyone remember their last house call? Perhaps here it’s more recent than most but in most parts of the U.S. that service was over in the 50s.)


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