Press-Republican

May 20, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 20, 2013


Press-Republican

---- — Recreational trail

TO THE EDITOR: In regard to the Adirondack North Country Association “In My Opinion: It needn’t be rails vs. trails,” on advocates restoring rail service through the Adirondacks along the Remsen/Old Forge-to-Lake Placid corridor: Train advocates have had many years to develop this corridor, and they have failed to do so.

There will be no investor-driven rail use that provides meaningful economic development for the region. However, every rail use envisioned by the ANCA train boosters would be contingent upon the state spending huge sums of money.

The latest ANCA-advocated use is “for recreational access, moving people and their kayaks, canoes, mountain bikes and other gear to launch points and trail heads along the corridor.”

What can they be thinking? Paddlers can now drive to all these put-in points, at their convenience, hauling their canoes and kayaks on their cars. Why would they want to be tied to the train schedule for going and coming?

Even a small freight train can carry a million pounds of freight. Using a huge diesel locomotive and heavy rail cars to deliver a few 50-pound canoes and a few paddlers to a remote pond makes as much sense as for taxpayers to buy an 18-wheel diesel tractor-trailer rig to deliver marshmallows to campers at state campgrounds.

ANCA seems to think it’s shameful for anybody to challenge the train enthusiasts’ control of this corridor. They have evidently lost sight of the fact that this corridor is a valuable, state-owned asset that should serve the residents of and visitors to the Adirondacks.

Conversion of this corridor into a popular recreational trail offers huge economic and health benefits at negligible expense to taxpayers. It’s high time for the state to step in and adjudicate this matter.

DAVID BANKS

Lake Clear

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Caring volunteers

TO THE EDITOR: The Board of Directors and Staff of the United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc., SUNY Plattsburgh Project HELP and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the 561 volunteers and all those who donated more than 1,250 food items on the Day of Caring.

At one point, we had more projects then volunteers to complete them, so a special thanks go out to those volunteers who stepped up on the day so every project could be completed.

This year, there were more than 75 projects completed throughout Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties, with volunteers logging more than 1,350 hours in one day. The communities’ willingness to get involved and to assist with these projects was instrumental to the overall success.

It is the opportunity to work with community-minded people like all the volunteers that makes our work at the United Way so enjoyable. Local people working to help local people — that’s the United Way.

KATHY SNOW

Director of development

United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc.

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Government lies

TO THE EDITOR: The government lies about Bengahzi, the IRS targeting of dissent, the Associated Press records seizure are all indicators that there may well be a lot more to the government buying up all the ammunition than we’ve been told.

MIKE REYNOLDS

Jay