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Rail/trail debate (opinion)

Rail trail could be built in two years

To the editor:I am writing in response to Mr. Larry Roth's recent letter suggesting that my interest, and I might add the interest of a vast majority of people - whether they were originally for or against it - is in getting the Adirondack Rail Trail built as soon as possible. Most of Mr. ...

Rail trail is last thing state should build

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates have been pushing the idea that rail trail construction should start as soon as possible. DEC has said it could start in November 2016 after seasonal rail operations end, but Lee Keet of ARTA said in ...

State rail-trail plan should be supported

To the editor:It's too bad that the small group of railroad supporters won't be happy with the compromise for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor that the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the governor's office had unanimously agreed would be the ...

The Adirondack crab bucket

One of the things the rail-trail fight has brought to light is rather disturbing. A number of commenters have attacked the operators of the rail bike business as getting rich at their expense because they are using a public resource for private gain.Dick Beamish spelled it out in a letter to ...

Three cheers for our mayor and the hundreds of volunteers, contributors

In 1998, Camoin Associates met with the town and village leaders of Tupper Lake, interested community groups and public, to establish planning meetings and long term goals for our community.Two of the several ideas that came out of these meetings were committees to explore the concept of ...

Rail/trail discussions shouldn’t be ‘my way or the highway’

I was pleased to read your two-part editorial about the railroad debate because I think you opened up the discussion to allow us all to analyze what has happened so far, as a community and region.I agree that we're all tired of the debate, but I think, moving forward, we can't just sweep the ...

Not partisan in rail-trail debate

It's kind of like the compromise proposed by Solomon - let's divide the baby in half - except it doesn't solve the problem the same way since this isn't a case of one side lying and the other telling the truth.Last Thursday, the state Adirondack Park Agency approved a plan by the departments of ...

APA and the railway

To the editor:Congratulations to the Adirondack Park Agency for contributing to what I call the Death of the Towns. Their sheer ignorance will hinder the future and growth of the places we live, work, love and most importantly want to see prosper. I suggest that we all donate, whatever we ...

The train’s dead; move on

To the editor:I can't help but be slightly amused and greatly befuddled by those that would leave the rails in place instead of creating a year-round recreational trail. It is certainly a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.I ran across this today, going back to the Jan. 19-26, 1961, ...

State plan good for business

To the editor:To whom it may concern:As a resident and business owner in Tupper Lake, I feel strongly about removing the rails and ties to Lake Placid and leaving the tracks in place from Tupper Lake south.This will be a good compromise for everyone: those who are for and those who oppose the ...

Misinformation about Virginia Creeper Trail

To the editor:The factoids streaming from the train advocates are becoming more strident in their absurdities. The last letter from the guy in Pennsylvania arguing that keeping the train is the best way to assure the future of snowmobiling was over the top. I feel sorry for the Tri-Lakes ...

Critic correct on rail-trail study

I am responding to the letter from Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates board member David Banks, who correctly pointed out on Feb. 2 that I made an error when I asserted the Camoin study found the all-trail option was the worst choice. He called it a misrepresentation; I made the mistake of ...

Rail removal could end snowmobile use

As the debate continues on the fate of the Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor, I cannot help but wonder if the individuals that enjoy the snowmobiling sport in the Adirondack Park have concern in the back of their minds a proverbial "can of worms" is about to be opened.In just a few days, the ...

Enough, already

To the editor:As Bernie Sanders recently said to Hillary Clinton, "The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails." I believe most locals feel the same about the rail/trail debate.It's about time to let the state Adirondack Park Agency, Department of Environmental ...

Railroad research was insufficient

To the editor:I am writing to acknowledge that my earlier research on train speeds from Utica to Lake Placid was incomplete. Walter Ordway's letter of February is thus correct, and I apologize for my earlier, hasty response. My excuse, though admittedly weak, is that the history of the line, ...

Don’t argue timetables with a railroader

Tony Goodwin's letter to the editor in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise is not accurate with regard to the timetable he quotes regarding Bob Hest's excellent Guest Commentary. Bob writes that a train would take a little over three hours from Utica to the "heart of the Tri-Lakes." Bob did not say ...

DEC should heed REDCs

The Department of Environmental Conservation has forged ahead with a compromise on the fate of the Remsen-Lake Placid travel corridor with admirable determination but without proper direction.The department failed to listen when Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the trail proponents that the decision ...

Correction on train times

To the editor:So I must ask this: If a newspaper prints facts claimed by a person which are able to be proven completely false, then when is a retraction or correction printed or issued?In response to yet another letter by Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates' Tony Goodwin, he states: "I ...

Let’s get on with the corridor compromise

To the editor: A recent correspondence with the tourism director for the town of Webb has me befuddled. I don't know who is represented or why, but there is an obvious lack of understanding for rail trails in general and tourism, the big picture, on this corridor specifically.As a director, he ...

Open Tupper Lake to snowmobilers

To the editor:We are writing today to offer our support for the removal of the rails and ties between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid. This would undoubtedly be a huge tourist attraction for us here.As it is, we have already missed weeks of snowmobiling activities that would have been a welcome ...