Mailbag

Two wealthy families' war against the resort

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To the Editor:
 As is often the case, there is a story behind the story.  The Catskill Mountain News reported last week more than 70 people attended the Middletown Planning Board’s public hearing on the proposed Belleayre Resort.  The overwhelming opinion of those in attendance was in support of the resort, but as I listened to the arguments opposed to the resort, I was struck by the fact that two wealthy families, both second home owners, are pursuing their legal and financial war against the resort.


Questions about the Bed Tax

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Editor’s note: The following letter is addressed to Mike Triolo, supervisor of the Town of Stamford. The author asked that it be published here as a letter to the editor.

To The Editor:
I recently read the minutes of the September 25, 2013 meeting of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. 
Quoting the minutes:  “In answer to Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Triolo stated that he did not believe the bed tax would deter tourism in the county as all other of the surrounding counties have implemented a bed tax.”


Thanks for senior ski prices

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To The Editor:
I would like to commend the Olympic Regional Development Authority for keeping the over 70 senior price for a one-day ski pass at Belleayre to $20. Thank you Mr. Blazer and your staff.
What about Gore Mountain and Whiteface to follow Belleayre’s price?
Once again Mr. Blazer, thank you for listening to us seniors.

John Chimento,
Bovina


Delaware County Drug Task Force

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To The Editor:
As the drug problem in Delaware County continues to accelerate at a dangerous rate, and threatens to excessively burden our county finances and play havoc with families and businesses on many levels, it is important that we all participate in fighting Delaware County’s war on drugs.


Are you satisfied with America?

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To The Editor:
It is being able to “print” endless amounts of money through little more than computer entries that Washington is able to not only spend massive amounts of dollars building its extraordinarily unconstitutional secret Police State to spy upon us but also as wasted funds being spent on our endless imperial wars. These dollars should have been used on upgrading our crumbling infrastructures and providing desperately needed services for our own people instead of being used to fund an international killing machine.


We're stuck in the middle on taxes

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To The Editor:
Roxbury Central School enrollment has declined by 30 children according to Superintendent Thomas O’Brien. A huge decrease for a school in the 365-pupil range.  Also announced by MCS Superintendent Tony Albanese was a decline of between 15 and 29 children in Margaretville Central School to below 400.


Hospital's early intervention saves many lives

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To The Editor:
Thank you for your article about Sue Doig’s journey from sickness to health. As a friend and colleague of Sue’s, it was inspiring to hear how she triumphed over such adversity and maintained her warm-hearted spirit.


Happy Trails to faithful companion Schnozzie

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To The Editor:
On Friday, Nov. 29 our beloved dog, Schnoz, left this earthly plain to see if she could be of service on another.
For the past 14 years, she and her “pet partner” Rain paid weekly visits to her friends at Mountainside Residential Care Center. Schnoz brought joy to all who she met or cuddled with in their beds. She always looked forward to seeing her “regulars” and often became excited in the car in anticipation of getting to her second home. She never asked for more than the smiles she brought to those she visited.


Community help needed for Community Christmas Project

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To The Editor:
Each year, our Community Christmas Project reaches out to brighten Christmas for many area residents. Last year, baskets were delivered to 159 families affecting 530 of your friends, relatives, and neighbors. Homemade breads were delivered to people who were recently bereaved. Margaretville Central School elementary children made cards that were mailed with gift certificates to area residents who live alone. Toys, mittens, and other gifts were wrapped and given to 205 children.


Thanks to all who helped with Mville Thanksgiving Dinner

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To the Editor:
    Thank you to everyone who supported the Margaretville area Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 28. Attendance was affected by the weather and the flu, but it was a great dinner that served about 90 people in the Purcell Center, and provided another 30 people with takeout meals.


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