Mailbag

July 7, 2010: Middletown plan is good, not perfect

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To The Editor:
My guess is that few readers of the Catskill Mountain News took advantage of the extended July 1 deadline for public comments on a draft comprehensive plan for the Town of Middletown. The town planning board will meet Thursday, July 8 to decide if and how to modify the draft plan in response to comments which may or may not represent broader public views.


July 7, 2010: Progress being made vs. spraying

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To The Editor:
Since the application of herbicide use to manage vegetation was applied last summer,  Middletown and Delaware County received a petition and  telephone calls from residents requesting that county roads should not be sprayed.  Some progress has been made!


July 7, 2010: Forestry missing from comprehensive plan

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To The Editor:
These comments are in regard to the proposed Town of Middletown Draft Town Comprehensive Plan.
After reading the vision statement it is apparent that the town desires to enhance environmental sustainability, preserve rural character and beauty and enhance economic growth.


July 7, 2010: Town's plan is important first step

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To The Editor:
Overall, I’m very pleased with the draft Town of Middletown Comprehensive Plan the planning board worked so hard to produce. I have lived here for 46 years and my son is a teacher at Margaretville Central School. My family owns approximately 250 acres of hayfields and woodland on Margaretville Mountain.


July 7, 2010: Great people recalled in column

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To The Editor:
While all of Bill Birns’ columns are wonderful, I found last week’s to be my favorite. That’s because it was about three of my favorite people. Herman Gottfried’s first Board of Water Supply assignment was actually the Neversink Reservoir in Sullivan County.


June 23, 2010: Interesting theory on soccer origins

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To The Editor:
Like Brian Sweeney, I am no fan of soccer.
The TV media have been trying to get Americans to love soccer the way we love baseball, football and basketball. That’s not happening!


June 23, 2010: A law is a law and should be obeyed

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To The Editor:
On a Non High, Non Drunk Drive with my family, it became a bit of a joke in my car…
“They should want the antibiotics and pain pills being flushed into the water.“
Based on the animal and human contamination of our water…feces, urine, rotting carcass of various creatures (and you can’t convince me a day on the boat with no facilities, that nature doesn’t call? Overboard, no??)


June 23, 2010: Tell us more about CCCD outlook

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To The Editor:
Julia Green’s article in last week’s paper informs your readers concerning Alan White and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development’s concern and advocacy for balancing conservation with much needed economic development.


June 23, 2010: Policy needed for police department

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To The Editor:
After holding discussions with the Margaretville Mayor John VanBenschoten on May 23 regarding village patrolman Harry Fox, it was at John’s direction that the questions that I was asking could only be answered by village trustee Dave Budin. On June 2 I again spoke to the mayor and it was decided that I would be heard at the village board meeting on June 21. At this meeting I was given time to voice my concern over these issues.


June 16, 2010: Is Israel doing the right thing?

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To The Editor:
What is Ms. Margolis, re her letter in last week’s paper, doing to stop the deaths of innocent civilians and American soldiers that are actually being killed on a daily basis by America’s war in Afghanistan?  Rather than put her mind to the actions of her own country, she would rather write letters to the Catskill Mountain News about Israel’s behavior!


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