To the editor:
I find it very disturbing that the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates are attempting to oust Garry Douglas from his position as co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council simply because he disagrees with their position on the Adirondack Rail Corridor.
If he has formed an educated opinion that rail is the best option for the corridor, he is free to express that opinion (as part of his constitutional rights) without the threat of harassment or intimidation. In America we have no "thought police."
In his current position he is authorized to act upon that opinion to further the economic development of the region - also without threats of harassment or intimidation.
I must also say that I agree with Mr. Douglas.
I base my opinion on the fact that the Lake Clear-to-Malone segment of the Adirondack Rail Corridor has been a trail for years, the rails having been abandoned 50 years ago. In all those 50 years it has yet to become an economic boon to the summer economy. Instead it has been neglected and forgotten about.
In contrast, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad has already carried over one million passengers.
The facts simply speak for themselves.