Rail/trail debate (opinion)

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 ...

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 ...