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Rails would be better as trail

December 5, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

I have been going up to the Adirondacks for as long as I can remember. We currently have a camp around the Tupper Lake area. The rail goes right by our camp. Although nostalgic, I just don't see the point of trying to maintain a stretch of rail for just a few scenic rides. Currently, the tracks are shot and deteriorated. I can't believe the insurance company even allows the rail people to continue operation with the liabilities of today. Removing the tracks and putting a rail-trail into place could be a wonderful thing. Economically it would give the townships a boost and would open up a whole new venue of tourists and travelers.

The sad part is that there are great financial powers on the different lakes that really don't want the local townships to develop and prosper. God forbid we pull more tourists into towns and disturb their peace and tranquility. Every time there is an opportunity to stimulate the economy, the financial power shadows over and crushes it. Very sad.

Rick Gerlach




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