Mailbag

July 9, 2008: Special teachers had powerful effect

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To The Editor:
Bill Birns “hit the nail on the head” when he praised Marian Connell in his column last week. She was an excellent teacher and a fine person. I graduated from MCS in 1949, having taken a “commercial” course. I never expected to go to college so I didn’t take languages, science or math.


July 9, 2008: Little benefit from "Partners" mailing

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To The Editor:
The mailing recently sent to all postal patrons in the area by the “Belleayre Compromise Partners for Progress” is so blatantly false and contrary to reality as to defy any semblance of truth, credibility or integrity. The very obvious truth, contrary to their representations, is that this is a small, greedy group of ecosystem-blind businessmen seeking to put their profit margin ahead of the well-being of local citizens, who live and work here, as well as visitors and tourists.


July 9, 2008: Good citizens spruce up the village

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To The Editor:
If you’ve looked around the Village of Margaretville lately, you will have noticed new banners hanging on poles reminding people that Margaretville is a four-seasons destination. The banners were purchased by the village and hung by Kyle Schwarz with the help of the Margaretville Telephone Company.


July 9, 2008: Belleayre Mountain will be big loser

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To The Editor:
Poor Belleayre Mountain Ski Center (BMSC)! It has become the rope in a tug-of-war between the operators of Greene County’s private ski facilities at Hunter and Windham and the would-be operators of a private ski resort on Belleayre Mountain.


July 9, 2008: Think again about Fleischmanns

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To The Editor:
This is a letter to Partners for Progress regarding your recent “Nonprofit” mailing to Delaware and Ulster counties displaying four photographs in Fleischmanns.
How dare you depict our village as a village of blight. Your mailing was offensive, disrespectful and showed an appalling disregard for the residents and business owners of this village. But most of all, your depiction is untrue.


July 2, 2008: Positive ending can be reached

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To The Editor:
During the 21 years we have had our much-too-small Halcottsville cabin, our guests have often enjoyed the warm hospitality of Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm.
This fragile structure is a wonderful centerpiece in our hamlet. It would be a shame if its existence is unnecessarily endangered by the new bridge construction.


July 2, 2008: More sensible bridge solution needed

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To The Editor:
I am concerned about the planned construction of the bridge on Bragg Hollow in Halcottsville. My wife and I own a home on Quarry Road, off Bragg Hollow, and I am concerned for our safety during the period that the bridge will be under construction and we will be relatively isolated from the Halcottsville Fire Department.


July 2, 2008: We're proud of Emerson's record

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To The Editor:
In last week’s paper, Matthew Frisch attempted to find fault with the employment record of the Emerson Resort and Spa. I feel compelled to set that record straight.


July 2, 2008: Reason, respect sought by CLA

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To The Editor:
The Catskill Landowners’ Association (CLA) supports Jim and Susan Kelly of Halcottsville and their efforts to retain the operation and integrity of their Susan’s Pleasant Pheasant Farm Bed & Breakfast, its land and the associated structure. The Kellys are members of CLA and the excellent stewardship of their land is what the organization expects of its members.


July 2, 2008: Heat or eat will be choice for many

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To The Editor:
Gassing up our car or buying food is a very painful and stressful experience these days.  Heating our home this winter with fuel oil getting close to $5 will be even more painful. Unfortunately, many of our Senior Citizens, on fixed incomes, will be financially and emotionally devastated by fuel oil at $5 a gallon - many will become physically ill as a result of reduced heat and food.


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