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Carriage Barn re-opening celebrated at Kirkside

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By Jill Ribich
A crowd of about 100 people was on hand in Roxbury Tuesday evening to celebrate the opening of the restored Carriage Barn at Kirkside Park.
The restoration of the barn was a labor of love that was over 30 years in the making. The barns were part of the estate of Helen Gould Shephard, daughter of railroad magnate, Jay Gould, which included what is now Kirkside Retirement Home and Kirkside Park.


State needs sound judgment

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To The Editor:
Hopefully, last week’s letter to the editor, “No Bashing Needed” finally puts an end to Joan Lawrence-Bauer’s attacks on Laszlo Vajtay and Plattekill. Kudos to Mr. Giuffrida.

I too am a Plattekill skier and have been for more than eight years. I am presently in the process of buying a weekend ski house. I wondered why someone had not stepped up sooner and spoken in support of Plattekill. I would like to comment that Mr. Giuffrida’s letter only corrected some of her blatantly erroneous remarks, but I have not written this letter to continue the bashing.


Reporter is all wet

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To the Editor:
When Joe Moskowitz ran into me at the checkout of a local establishment, he asked me to clarify a “nasty rumor” regarding the Arkville water system. I asked what he meant, and he responded that he had heard that the new well was to be a secondary well and not the primary well for the hamlet. I told him that that was correct and he asked if he could talk to me about that for an article he was writing. I told him that was fine and to get a hold of me to set up a time. That never happened.


Inflation is the weapon

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To The Editor:
America is at a crossroads. Most Americans are now living from paycheck to paycheck and have no savings nor do they own either stocks or bonds. Worse yet, the major part of the U.S. population is deep in debt with their credit cards to the tune of over $10,000.


Writer was in a hurry

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 To The Editor:
Mr. Moskowitz’ recent article about the “multi-cultural scene” in Fleischmanns seems to be all about the money.  What he has to say about the Hasidic community and that “their money is the same color green as everyone else’s” is a poor focus for a rich subject.


Story was highly offensive

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To The Editor:
In the July 17- 23 Catskill Mountain News article, “Multi-cultural scene common sight in Fleischmanns,” writer Joe Moskowitz has appointed himself an expert on Hasidic Jewish customs and mores.  

Mr. Moskowitz’s remarks are inaccurate and display a lack of research and knowledge. These are not attributes of a qualified journalist.  He expresses only negative views about a culture and religion of which he knows little to nothing.  This article is highly offensive.

Anita Rubin,
Fleischmanns


Let this be a warning to others

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To The Editor:
I am writing this letter in response to the four-paragraph write up I merited in the Catskill Mountain News police blotter back in May.

The report said I “abused” my grandson and hit him in the head.
First of all, if anyone thinks like I do; when the read the word “abuse” it gives the connotation of extreme physical bodily harm or sexual assault (not a slap in the face).

Second, I neither physically nor sexually assaulted him. I slapped his mouth for talking back; missed his mouth and caught him on the right cheek hard enough to leave a bruise.


Disappointed in Sierra Clud

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To the Editor:
Last week, I received an e-mail from the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club exhorting people to write in to protest the proposed Belleayre Resort and Belleayre Ski Center build out. The language that they used was so inaccurate and hyperbolic that I want to make sure that people understand that they do not speak for the environmental community in this area.

In an effort to do that, I would like to share what I wrote to them (with no response to date) in an effort to set the record straight. Here is what I sent:


Just don't parrot statistics

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To The Editor:
With regard to the petition that you included in your most recent issue, how can a well-regarded, responsible newspaper quote and support statistical numbers and estimates conjured up by paid lobbyists rather than seeking objective, empirical data as to the possible benefits to people and businesses in this area? It is a well-known fact that people staying at all-inclusive resorts tend to be endomorphic and stay “on the reservation.”


Keep Belleayre's promise

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To The Editor;
One of the reasons I have a home in the central Catskill Region is the existence of Belleayre Mountain.

It has been a major magnet to the area for decades and our family, our friends and those who visit us here all enjoy it.

You don’t have to be a skier to benefit from Belleayre. The area brings people to the local businesses here in both summer and winter – keeping the shops afloat for all the rest of us.


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