TO THE EDITOR: Many years ago, my son Bruce Pelkowski was an avid runner who participated in most of the local races.
While visiting from Los Angeles one year on the Fourth of July, I went with him to Rouses Point to see him race. My first time doing this, it was a glorious day, and there was quite a crowd.
After the race started, I went in search of the paper. While strolling along, church bells began to play patriotic songs. A joyous thing to hear. Went back to the finish line and the runners started to come in. I asked Bruce why such a crowd stayed.
He told me they waited for the last person to come in. It was a tradition. Eventually, that person did — a little chubby, very sweaty and triumphant.
Such a perfect day in many respects but even after all these years, it was the code of the runners that stayed with me.
Marc Gellmans as usual, wonderful article, reminded me of that race.
God bless all the good people in the fight against evil.
TO THE EDITOR: The best use of the Adirondack Travel Corridor connecting Old Forge and Lake Placid is a question getting more local ink than any in recent history.
It’s likely the rhetoric will continue until the state’s unit management plan, which governs use of the corridor, is reviewed.
One point of general agreement is that the corridor, as it stands, is nearly useless.
In our family hotel and restaurant business “on the tracks” north of Big Moose, the biggest positive economic change started nearly 50 years ago when rail service ended and snowmobilers no longer had to worry about the train.
The next big thing for Beaver River and towns along the way will be a longer and busier snowmobile season, once the obstructive rails are removed, plus a world-class recreational trail that will attract bicyclists May through October.
Will we ever need the rail again? Probably not, but if we do, the rail bed will still be there.
Population in every county on the corridor has dropped. Product distribution is no longer done as it was when freight trains ran here. Even Utica has no freight depot. Instead, we now have excellent highways throughout the Adirondack Park.
If there is a potential for viable rail use, let’s hear from some businesses about tonnage estimates and carloads of freight. Where are the busloads of passengers who would switch to rail? How many drivers will give up the convenience and speed of their cars, ride many extra hours on a train and end up somewhere without their own transportation?
State government must recognize the nearly unanimous call from local towns and villages and many organizations calling for a review of the management plan to determine the best use of the corridor, economically and recreationally, in the 21st century.