Mailbag

August 13, 2008: Claims bridge topic has inaccuracies

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To The Editor:
We are writing this letter to address the current discussion concerning the bridge replacement project in Halcottsville. Week after week letters have appeared in this newspaper by people whose names we do not recognize or who are not residents of the Halcottsville community.
For the most part these letters sound like they were adapted from a common template; one that is filled with factual inaccuracies. It astounds us that people are willing to compromise their integrity by not fact checking before they sign their names.
We will attempt to clear up some of these inaccuracies.


August 13, 2008: Preserve and protect a local treasure

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To The Editor:
I am among many in Halcottsville who is concerned about the hamlet’s bridge reconstruction. This bridge crossing is the means of entrance and egress for the majority of our (Bragg Hollow) residents. A long-term bridge closing would oblige us to use tertiary roads to access Margaretville, Roxbury and beyond, a not insignificant issue considering the additional response time of emergency vehicles this would cause.


August 13, 2008: Personal anchors should be protected

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To The Editor:
“You can’t know who you are until you know where you are.” — Wendell Berry
Five years ago, my husband and I came to the area looking for property for our retirement, and spent the night at the historic Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm Bed and Breakfast. We’d been captivated by the beauty of the area, its quaint villages and friendly people. Susan and Jim Kelly, proprietors of the B&B, suggested we take a ride up Bragg Hollow and check out the properties available.


August 13, 2008: Fleischmanns facing huge burden

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To The Editor:
Fleischmanns taxpayers beware! Once again our taxes will be increased!
This is pay day for the misconduct of our village government during a former administration, when in July of 1999 the village board authorized the sale of two village wells for the meager grand total of $15,000. now the mistakes of the past years are haunting us in the form of an unnecessary water tower which will theoretically replace our loss of the sold wells. Please note, whereas, the sold wells gave Fleischmanns a separate source of water, the proposed water tower will be fed by the same spring water which currently supplies the water to our village.


August 13, 2008: Why, why now for C of C change?

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Editor’s note: The following letter was written to the Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and members. The author asked that it be printed here as a letter to the editor.

Dear Greater Margaretville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and members:
Thank you for the information in the recent broadcast e-mail notifying the membership about the pending name change for our local chamber of commerce. We will be away the week of the meeting and will not be able to attend but we are registering three NO votes for the Membership Ballot (Molnar Financial Group, Inc., Margaretville Lodging LLC and Margaretville Mountain Inn B&B).


August 6, 2008: Hyperbole, fear must be stopped

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To The Editor:
In your last edition, Jerry Fairbairn and Howard Mandell both wrote letters about the Belleayre Resort Proposals. Mr. Fairbairn’s letter expressed his genuine concern about storm water run-off and his fears that engineers and builders will not deal with those issues effectively. While we disagree with his opinions, we respect his concern over a real issue and will continue to look at it very, very closely.


August 6, 2008: Art tour opened visitors' eyes

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To The Editor:
The Shandaken artist studio tour on July 18 - 20 was a great success. I had over 80 visitors over the weekend and sold almost $800 worth of art. Many other artists also did very well. Visitors were from Kingston, Woodstock, Hunter, Windham, even far away lands like Poland, Florida and New York City. No one expected to find so many fine professional artists working in these hills. There were over 40 painters, sculptors, printers, photographers, fine furniture and clothing makers, even high tech electronic and video artists. Too many for anyone to visit in just two days.


August 6, 2008: Despicable to list trooper's name

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To The Editor:
This letter is to all journalists, reporters and media who covered the tragic events of April 2007. When State Trooper Brinkerhoff was accidentally killed during the shoot-out with Travis Trim by friendly fire it was not necessary to name the officer involved. First and foremost, this officer is a human being who will have to carry that day with him for the rest of his life.
To all that covered the tragic events of that day, could care less about the families, the officers in your fact finding mission, the blatant abuse you use, all in the name of Freedom of Information Act.


August 6, 2008: Business should not be threatened

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To The Editor:
I stand and applaud last week’s editorial on the unnecessarily contentious situation that has evolved over the Halcottsville bridge reconstruction and the current threat of eminent domain.
I challenge the county to come forward and explain why it continues to threaten a business, a local tourist attraction and historical landmark in the face of viable alternatives.


July 30, 2008: Storm water is a difficult issue

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To The Editor:
If you live here, were visiting here, or had occasion to be here after the fact, you probably heard about the mini-flood that occurred on July 23. This event was just a little more than a heavy rain. Our rivers, streams and their tributaries were full and chocolate in color. The professionals call this “storm water.” This storm water carries tens, if not hundreds, of tons of soil and other debris. This can’t be good for the people at the other end of this water supply who expect a clear potable water coming from their taps!


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