To the editor:
ARTA (Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates) wants to build a rail trail to make some bread.
Who wants a rail trail to help us make bread?
"I do," said thousands of snowmobilers. "Do you know where we can buy a dinner or a warm comfy bed?"
Who wants to connect some to enjoy the bread?
"I do," said thousands of hikers and bikers. "What can our families find in your shops and restaurants?" and "When can we come back?" they said.
Who will help with the trail and pay for the keeping?
"We pay for our own," said the riders in winters. "We register and join and volunteer for our reaping.
"We can't come yet for biking and hiking, but our taxes are paying for the track the state's taking."
Who will help get the trail and leverage the making? Who will rise to the task of this idea we're baking?
"Not I," said the mayor. "Should I really support it?"
"Not I," said the supervisor. "The voters all want it, but what if they're faking?"
Who will come out in favor and take it steps higher, like other states have and set earnings on fire?
"Not I," said officials. "I just don't dare; MY earnings and benefits may not compare."
"Not I," said the managers of the state assets plenty. "No matter how this plays out, it won't cost me a penny!"
Now, near 10,000 signed and the studies all show it: The trail's the best choice, and when we have it, you'll know it!
Scott S. Thompson