Mailbag

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.


Sept. 2, 2009: Reservoir water not fit to drink

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To The Editor:
I read Brian Sweeney’s article regarding spraying to kill weeds under the guardrails around the New York City reservoirs with dismay. New York City has spent millions building sewerage treatment plants, upgrading septic systems and acquiring land to prevent development. They have seized land and demanded that local residents forego economic development in order to protect the city’s drinking water.


Sept. 2, 2009: They saved us from bigger problems

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To The Editor:
A recent letter claims the “negativity to development” of Save the Mountain had the “unintended consequences” of the “most severely depressed economy in the entire region” for 40 years. Haven’t the letter writers tuned into the news this past year?


Sept. 2, 2009: Need a better way to kill the weeds

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To The Editor:
The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development would like to commend the Catskill Mountain News and Brian Sweeney for the excellent piece of investigative journalism that appeared in last week’s edition on the application of herbicides in and around the Town of Middletown. This is an issue that The Catskill Center has been concerned about not only within the confines of the Catskill Park and Forest Preserve and the NYC Watershed, but throughout the more than 6,000 square-mile Catskill Mountain Region.


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 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 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.)


August 19, 2009: Careless letter misleads the public

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To The Editor:
In a careless letter to the editor last week, John and Janet Fishkind of Big Indian erroneously implied that Save the Mountain would welcome the demise of the Galli-Curci Theatre renovation project on Main Street in Margaretville. Nothing could be farther from the truth as the Fishkinds would know if they read the information at Savethe Mountain.net or wrote or called to ask our positions.


August 19, 2009: What agenda is he talking about?

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To The Editor:
This letter is in answer to Stuart Buswell’s Mailbag letter.
Since I agree with most of what Mr. Buswell brought up in his “We cannot fool Mother Nature” letter, I can’t understand why he refers to those worried about global warming as “Fanatics.” It does not seem fanatical to worry about the future of civilization on this planet when most respected scientists agree that the planet is warming and the evidence proves it.


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