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A Valentine's for Santa

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To The Editor:
Known to some as contractor extraordinaire, to others as Santa and to a fortunate number as friend.
On behalf of the children of Margaretville and our surrounding towns and villages, a Valentine sent with love and sincere thanks for making our Christmas magical. A magic that will hopefully last throughout the year!

Ann Shea, Margartville


Volunteering is a win-win for all

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To The Editor:
“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King.
This month we observe the life and service commitment of Dr. Martin Luther King. A man who asked the same question repeatedly, “What are you doing today to help your brother?” No doubt about it – New York City, Westchester and Vermont may have recovered better from the not-so-recent economic downturn followed by hurricane upon hurricane, but Delaware County is still struggling.


Stop the Belleayre bullying

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To The Editor:
While skimming the News last week I came upon a letter to the editor in reference to areas where Belleayre employees park and where the writer(s) of the letter think they should park.
I worked part time at Belleayre after retiring from the Ulster County Highway Department. Under the Lanza regime, employees parked in the old garage parking lot, and I’m told by several employees that this is still the case.


Is it too much to ask?

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To The Editor:
Hostility toward the New York Safe Act, passed within days of the Sandy Hook massacre, has more to do with private property than gun rights. 


Getting what you deserve

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To The Editor:
The Obama administration is being forced to back off its plan to bomb yet another defenseless Third World country, in this case Syria. It is a tremendous setback for the Pentagon’s Dogs of War. Our Washington/New York/Hollywood axis ruling class has been stymied since it is being increasingly opposed domestically but even more so internationally. No one will now take on the war mongers running the USA directly, but lots of small and not-so-small coalitions, combined with the continued growth of The Tea Party, the Internet and the Social Media has, over time, created an effective opposition to our government’s policies of wars without end.


Belleayre skiers take issue with parking

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Editor’s note: The News rarely publishes unsigned letters but reserves the right to make exceptions to that practice. Although unsigned, the following letter is benign, makes an interesting argument, and the editor thought it would be of general interest to the paper’s readers. It would, of course, be a better and more compelling letter if the writers had taken credit for their work.

To The Editor:
With the takeover of Belleayre by ORDA, there have been so many great changes making the mountain better than ever for loyal patrons and new guests of Belleayre. However, it remains absolutely mind boggling to the vast majority of us that the employees of the mountain are allowed to park in the main parking lots (upper and lower) of the Overlook Lodge.


Issues with the NY SAFE Act

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To The Editor:
NYS SAFE Act is still a hot topic in New York State.  It has been a little over a year since our governor under a so called, Measure of Necessity, and without conforming to legislative procedures, pushed this act into law.


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


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