Rail/trail debate (opinion)

Adirondack rails and trails, a synergy option

To the editor:Rails and trails can support the success each other by direct synergy. The final plan Gov. Coumo announced on May 17 provides an outstanding synergistic opportunity for which a good example already exists. This successful experience is both reasonably nearby and has structural ...

Glad to see governor OK rail-trail plan

To the editor:The town of North Elba and Lake Placid applaud and endorse Gov. Cuomo's decision to implement a plan to invest $8 million to build a multi-use trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.For over 10 years, the town worked diligently to engineer a trail parallel to the rail tracks, ...

Debate should move beyond bitterness

You'd think $15 million worth of railroad upgrades would be a big enough spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, but the proverbial grapes have only gotten more sour among Adirondack train supporters.Remember that old proverb about getting further with honey than vinegar? The Adirondack ...

Rail-trail plan offers various opportunities

To the editor:On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Gov. Cuomo effectively ended the debate on the future use of the Adirondack rail corridor. As a private citizen, I'd like to share my thoughts.I've ridden trains in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, North and South Carolina, ...

Delays damage troubled Adirondack economy

To the editor:New York state delays action on the Adirondack Rail Trail while the regional economy suffers. Albany heard the public, local governments and the press, agreeing to review the plan managing the state-owned Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor, the former New York Central Railroad ...

Replacing rails with trail is about economics

To the editor:A brief response to Mr. Grebe's letter, headlined "How dumb is ripping up rails?" (Editor's note: This sentence has been corrected.)As a lifelong resident of Tupper Lake, I can firmly state, not dumb at all. A no-brainer for anyone who can think objectively.The Adirondack Scenic ...

Discovering the joy of bike trails

To the editor:I'm now a firm believer in "Try it; you'll like it!" It's never too late.Not that I haven't been riding a bike practically my whole life (probably since the age of 4), but it wasn't much more than riding to school or to the park, basically around the neighborhood. Now that I'm in ...

The rail trail versus reality

Anyone who thought the Adirondack Park Agency decision would end the rails-versus-trails debate was an optimist - and recent developments are making clear how flawed the "compromise" is proving to be. Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates spokesman Lee Keet inadvertently opened a can of worms ...

How dumb is ripping up rails?

To the editor:An abbreviated list of things significantly less ridiculous than the business-killing, job-destroying act of ripping up the train track connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake:Fishnet condoms; lawn darts; seeking beauty advice from Dog the Bounty Hunter; hick-hop ...

End the debate; build the trail

"The great experiment called the Adirondack Scenic Railroad (ASR) has reached the end of the line. While I once supported this endeavor, I now feel it is time to admit that it's an abject failure. Continuing this taxpayer-supported hobby is not in the best interest of the people of the ...

Who is being outrageous?

In his April 20 Adirondack Daily Enterprise Guest Commentary, Mr. Bob Hest of Mountain View dissected estimates for economic benefit anticipated from the Adirondack Rail Trail, leading to some obvious points: Activity on the trail will fluctuate from day to day, some users will be children, and ...

Breaking down the rail trail’s outrageous economic prediction

I write to comment on statements made in recent days by those demanding the removal of the rails that connect the Tri-Lakes communities to the rest of the North American rail system.On April 1 in the Albany Times Union, comments attributed to Mr. Lee Keet urged New York state to begin the ...

Rail trail could be built in two years

To the editor:I am writing in response to Mr. Larry Roth's recent letter suggesting that my interest, and I might add the interest of a vast majority of people - whether they were originally for or against it - is in getting the Adirondack Rail Trail built as soon as possible. Most of Mr. ...

Rail trail is last thing state should build

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates have been pushing the idea that rail trail construction should start as soon as possible. DEC has said it could start in November 2016 after seasonal rail operations end, but Lee Keet of ARTA said in ...

State rail-trail plan should be supported

To the editor:It's too bad that the small group of railroad supporters won't be happy with the compromise for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor that the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the governor's office had unanimously agreed would be the ...

The Adirondack crab bucket

One of the things the rail-trail fight has brought to light is rather disturbing. A number of commenters have attacked the operators of the rail bike business as getting rich at their expense because they are using a public resource for private gain.Dick Beamish spelled it out in a letter to ...

Three cheers for our mayor and the hundreds of volunteers, contributors

In 1998, Camoin Associates met with the town and village leaders of Tupper Lake, interested community groups and public, to establish planning meetings and long term goals for our community.Two of the several ideas that came out of these meetings were committees to explore the concept of ...

Rail/trail discussions shouldn’t be ‘my way or the highway’

I was pleased to read your two-part editorial about the railroad debate because I think you opened up the discussion to allow us all to analyze what has happened so far, as a community and region.I agree that we're all tired of the debate, but I think, moving forward, we can't just sweep the ...

Not partisan in rail-trail debate

It's kind of like the compromise proposed by Solomon - let's divide the baby in half - except it doesn't solve the problem the same way since this isn't a case of one side lying and the other telling the truth.Last Thursday, the state Adirondack Park Agency approved a plan by the departments of ...

APA and the railway

To the editor:Congratulations to the Adirondack Park Agency for contributing to what I call the Death of the Towns. Their sheer ignorance will hinder the future and growth of the places we live, work, love and most importantly want to see prosper. I suggest that we all donate, whatever we ...