Mailbag

Railroad is an appealing attraction

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To The Editor:
Our family of five enjoys traveling the country and visiting area railroads. The Catskill Mountain Railroad is certainly appealing. But to sacrifice a portion of this railroad for a trail is poor judgment at best.
Trails are a dime a dozen. But a working railroad through your beautiful area is a strong draw. We would visit for a train ride, but never consider the trip for a trail.
Jim Norton, Huntsville, AL


Don't shortchange the future

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To The Editor:
We live in a time of great economic hardships. Escalating energy cost, ever-rising prices at the grocery store, few good jobs or no jobs at all, which all contributes to a declining state and local tax base.
As a result of New York State’s challenging financial climate, state aid is continually being reduced to our local municipalities and schools with schools are hit the hardest.


Sweet Valentine's Dinner Raffle

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To The Editor:
Congratulations to the winner of the Valentine’s Day Dinner Raffle at Peekamoose, Peter Molnar.  
We would also like to extend our thanks to Peekamoose Restaurant, the retailers and the participants for a successful and fun event geared to give recognition to our outstanding health care facilities right here in the Catskills, Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.  
In this particularly challenging winter season, many of you acknowledged the importance of supporting these community assets not only for the chance of winning but for the chance of guaranteeing a future of innovated health care well into the next generation.

Margaretville Health Foundation Board of Directors


Lois Barrett

Lois S. Barrett, 51, a resident of Andes, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
Lois was born June 24, 1962 at Kingston, the daughter of Vinny and Beverly (Embree) Walker.
She is survived by her companion of 19 years, Robert G. Archibald Jr.; two sons, Cody Barrett and Joseph Magrane; her father, Vinny Walker and two brothers, Frank Embree and Jesse Flynn.
Lois was predeceased by her mother, Beverly.
A prayer service was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.  25, 2014 at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.


Leave the birds alone

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To The Editor:
Re your article on the capture and tagging of a golden eagle as part of study project, it is shameful that we can’t leave the birds alone. 
The large transmitter box, which was attached to the bird, may have some influence on its flight and ultimate health. Satisfying the students’ curiosity on genetic differences and habits of the bird is not worth interfering unnecessarily with our beautiful wildlife.
Humans are the most invasive species ever on the planet!  Those students would best be served by studying how we are contributing to global warming.

Gloria Zola-Mulloy, Fleischmanns


Can anyone disregard the law?

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To the Editor:
The juxtaposition of two gun-related Catskill Mountain News articles on February 12 was shocking. The first article chronicled yet another incident of gun violence that ended with the death of a DEP worker, senselessly murdered at his workplace in Kingston. We have become accustom to these deaths, whether they are domestic violence, workplace related or just given that someone thinks that another human being can be killed because they are playing music too loud or texting in a movie theater.


In defense of the crossbow

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To the Editor:
I have send a version of this letter about being in favor of legalized crossbow hunting in NY to Gunther, Bonacic, Sweeney, the DEC and Cuomo.


Obvious omission is Rep. Gibson

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To the Editor:
There was an obvious omission in your article last week about the “big” effects of the recent cuts in the SNAP (food stamp) program on our state and more specifically the Catskill Region [“Farm Bill could have big local price”].  


President Obama is leading us forward

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To the Editor:
Even before the Great Recession hit, our country experienced massive shifts in technology and global competition, that had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.


Fundraising event was paw-some!

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To The Editor:
A letter of sincere thanks to the community for your support of the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society Benefit event held at Crazy River Café.
Cheers to the entire Crazy River Cafe staff who worked tirelessly throughout the day and selflessly donated their day’s wages to the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. Cheers to the exceptional service of the waitstaff who served the standing room only crowd with a smile.


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