To the editor:
"Area denial" is a military term used to describe a method of keeping the enemy from using a given area of ground. Sowing a field with land mines is a common method; so are the scorched-earth and deliberated starvation campaigns used by armies since ancient times. When I look at the actions of the allies at Protect the Adirondacks and the Sierra Club, I believe one can rationally conclude that they are waging a similar type of warfare against the people of the Adirondacks.
Whether it's filing lawsuits opposing the Adirondack Club and Resort or the building of Department of Environmental Conservation-designed snowmobile trails or petitioning against using existing railroads to clean up tailings in Newcomb, or to delay constitutionally approved mine expansion by NYCO, Protect willfully opposes any endeavor, large or small, that will create jobs inside the Blue Line. The logical conclusion of this process is to deny the employment that allows people to live here.
No work equals no people.
In his Feb. 13 commentary, Peter Bauer gives Protect a self-serving pat on the back for standing up for due process and wild places, etc. He spins tales of speaking out for the birds, the bees and Mother Nature herself.
He can dress up their injurious actions any way that soothes his conscience and that of Protect's wealthy supporters. That is, after all, how he makes a living. But the very real effect of Protect-Sierra area denial tactics is to depopulate the Adirondacks and keep those few who remain mired in poverty.
I, for one, believe this is no accident.