Rail/trail debate (opinion)

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Comments on the trail plan

First, the process by which comments have been collected on this ongoing issue has been less than satisfactory. There are several questions that myself and my neighbors in Lake Clear have asked and never gotten answers for over the years that this process has dragged on for. The stakeholders ...

Keep railroad; drop new hotel

To the editor: Hard to believe more people are not concerned about the rails being torn up between Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Our railroad stations and tracks are a rich piece of history. What if we want to haul freight in the future? Any mode of transportation is ...

People should appreciate Rail Explorers

To the editor: Imagine a baseball stadium full of fans. There are families, tiny babies, creaky-boned seniors, wheelchair-bound adventurers and diverse visitors from all over the U.S. and the world. Some are Red Sox fans, some prefer the Yankees, most are still excited over the Cubs taking ...

Snowmobiles are parked outside Norridgewock III in Beaver River.
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No building necessary, they just come

To the editor: As the only year-round hospitality business on the corridor between Big Moose and Tupper Lake, it seems odd that NO ONE, in the state or even the railroad, for that matter, has asked what we think is best or why they think they could make it better by restoring and operating a ...

A year of folly on rails vs. trail

With 2016 winding to a close, now is a time to take stock of the rail-vs.-trail situation. It has been an eventful year. The state’s decision to go ahead with the so-called compromise plan was followed by some big changes at the Adirondack Park Agency. While not all related to the ...

Will rail trail bikers have group limits?

To the editor: To Robert Stegeman, Region 5 director, state Department of Environmental Conservation: To Paul Maroun, mayor, village of Tupper Lake: You may wish to put the following on the agenda of your “closed door meetings” or “stakeholder meetings.” When Rail Explorers ...

Why is state stalling on railroad suit?

To the editor: Once again, New York state has asked for and gotten a delay in Article 78 proceeding that the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society has brought against the various state agencies who accepted Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates’ plan for the destruction of the ...

It would be a disgrace to lose the train

To the editor:Earlier this autumn I rode the Adirondack Scenic Railroad out of Lake Placid, and I hope to be able to do this again. The volunteers are probably the nicest bunch of people anyone will ever meet, and I enjoyed my afternoon immensely.It is an absolute disgrace what Adirondack ...

ARTA true to the primary objective

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates has taken several initiatives to use its organization to augment the proposed trail section from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid for maximum economic and recreational benefit. Working with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of ...

Include Tri-Lakes Snowmobilers

To the editor:As a lifelong resident and avid snowmobiler, I find it inexcusable that the president of the Tri-Lakes Snowmobilers, Brian Durkee, was not even approached to be a part of the rail trail discussion. Lake Placid is represented by Mr. McCulley. Mr. Durkee represents the Saranac Lake, ...

It ain’t over till it’s over

As Garrison Keillor never said, "It has not been a quiet few weeks in the Tri-Lakes." Every day there's something new in the rail-trail fight.-The moose in the room-Official justifications for the rail trail gloss over the agenda behind it. Wilderness advocates, snowmobilers, developers, ...

Rail trail success will be largely up to villages

Like it or not, the state has decided to take out the tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake and use the state-owned travel corridor as a path for bike riders, pedestrians, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. A lawsuit stands in the way, but still, state officials are planning out the ...

Don’t plan rail trail details in secret

When a town, village or school board holds a budget workshop, it must, by law, announce it publicly, and anyone is welcome to come and watch how the sausage is made, so to speak.Even if officials don't let people speak up during the workshops, reserving on-the-record public comment for regular ...

What does ARTA really want?

Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates claim ripping out tracks all the way back to Thendara for a trail will flood the Tri-Lakes with visitors, create jobs and be a wonderful thing for locals. ARTA has lots to say - but is sending mixed messages that don't add up and is using other tactics ...

A lesson from the Emerald Isle

The "If you build it, they will come" proclamation - from the movie "Field of Dreams" - isn't always accurate. However, upon completion of the Great Western Greenway in Ireland, "they" arrived in large numbers and are still coming.At just over 26 miles, the GWG is a walking and predominantly ...

Rails with trails understood in England

To the editor:If handling loss is a test of character, so is winning. Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates is not doing well by that test. A visit to the ARTA Facebook page finds understandable celebration - but also mean-spirited gloating, censorship and continuing anti-rail propaganda. ...

ARTA comes off badly on Facebook

As this whole rail-trail debate simmers while the court case in Malone draws closer, I'd like to use this space to address some questions toward ARTA, which stands for Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates.Currently as of this writing (Aug. 3), there are no less than two Facebook pages that ...

Don’t throw railroad away

To the editor:I would like to express my opinions and concerns regarding the proposal of the ripping up the rails of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and replacing them with the Adirondack Rail Trail.Please don't get me wrong: I have nothing against recreational trails, but when you decide to rip ...

Renaissance in Saranac Lake

Good news for Saranac Lake! A string of recent stories in the Enterprise indicates that our village is experiencing nothing short of a renaissance."Verizon store moving to former Wilson Farms," announced a headline last week. For three years, this cornerstone commercial site, across from our ...

‘The decision has been made’

"The decision has been made. It's time to move on." Railroad supporters have been hearing that a lot lately. Funny thing is, it's coming from people who refused to do that 20 years ago, when the 1996 decision was made to restore the rails all the way. The rail supporters moved on - but their ...