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Rail/trail debate (opinion)

9 new year’s resolutions for Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been a leader in supporting the tourist economy of the Adirondacks. With this in mind, here are some new year's resolutions we hope the governor will adopt for 2016.-RESOLUTION No. 1: I will confront reality and move expeditiously regarding the best use of the state-owned ...

What did the Harrietstown board actually vote for?

At its Dec. 17 meeting, the Town of Harrietstown town board voted the following resolution:"RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Town of Harrietstown does unanimously support the rails remaining in place and providing a positive impact on the area."That resolution reversed the board's previous ...

Go for it, Tupper Lake

The stars seem properly aligned for Tupper Lake, the village with one of the most attractive locations - and greatest potential - in the Adirondack Park.The Adirondack Park Agency has signaled its inclination to support an amendment to the management plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel ...

Bright future for bicycling

To the editor:The future for bicycling in the northern Adirondacks seems promising, given the move to establish a 34-mile Tri-Lakes Rail Trail connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Lake Clear and Tupper Lake. The trail will lend itself to lots of other outdoor activities as well, activities ...

Users or visitors on the rail trail?

Recent Guest Commentaries by Dick Beamish and Larry Roth, authors on both sides of the rail-trail debate, refer to trail patronage in their respective commentaries without providing details on the difference between a trail VISITOR and a trail USER. These are important, relevant terms to ...

Rails-to-trail would be best

To the editor:I left the Tri-Lakes in 1998, except for my heart, that is. I am telling you this because I have no vested interest other than for what I love bicycling and my Adirondack hometown being no small part.Because I love bicycle touring, I have ridden many a rail trail and other such ...

Rail trail will provide missing link

The Adirondack Park appears poised to welcome bicycling as a major outdoor activity alongside hiking, paddling and fishing. Such a move reflects national trends, with bicycling second only to walking as the most popular form of active outdoor recreation.We got a glimpse of the potential for ...

Rails are essential part of corridor

This is in response to point one of Hope Frenette's Guest Commentary of Nov. 28, "Many reasons to build the trail.""The tracks are supporting two businesses. Wow!"Mrs. Frenette is correct that even with "outmoded and underutilized" tracks, which should have been upgraded years ago, two ...

Rail-trail plan fits with master plan

The joint state task force of state Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Transportation has recommended the installation of a world-class rail trail connecting the Tri-Lakes area, from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid, along with extended tourist train service connecting Utica ...

For a rail trail, civilly

It is unfortunate that a civil discussion about the rail/trail at times deteriorates into personal Facebook insults and attacks expressed by a few individuals. Good folks can have opposing views and still respect one another. Before we state our own opinions, we would urge that civility be ...

Many reasons to build the trail

I would like to address Gail Brill's recent concerns, as expressed in her letter of Nov. 23 ("Many reasons to keep the rails").* The tracks are supporting two businesses. Wow! We should keep these outmoded and underutilized tracks in place because of two businesses? What about the 400-plus ...

Many reasons to keep the rails

To the editor:Now that the decision to remove the 34 miles of rails between Tupper and Lake Placid has reached a fevered pitch, I feel the urgency to again state my views on this issue. I know some of my friends disagree with me, and I respect their views. But I feel strongly about this issue, ...

Join or die: Save the rails

Galen Halasz, 10, of Saranac Lake, drew and submitted this cartoon, seen first below. His commentary on the rail/trail dilemma echoes Benjamin Franklin's "Join, or die" cartoon, also seen below, from the Pennsylvania Gazette in 1754, urging unity among Britain's American colonies.While the ...

Rails should remain

A group of people pooled their resources, solicited funding and wrote grants so the train and station could be restored. Now we find that all this work will be for naught because another group wants to rip out the rails.The arguments for this change are that:- 1. A trail will bring in more ...

Healthy, happy trails

To the editor:Once the idea of converting our rail corridor into a bike trail began to take shape, my husband and I took up a new hobby. We started exploring other recreation trails around the country and basing our travels, at least in part, on biking opportunities elsewhere.Having just ...

Rails with trails, for diversity

To the editor:The Rally for the Rails was so fantastic this past weekend. I loved seeing the diversity of people who showed up in support of a rails-with-trails win-win solution. There were people from so many different friend groups: friends of historic preservation, friends of recreation and ...

Enough already

The never-ending rails and trails debate.So, briefly, in 1968 we were among the few snowmobilers to make the trip to our camp on Tug Hill. I think we saw one other snowmobile that weekend.Fast-forward to 1980; Tug Hill becomes the place to ride - a hidden gem where snowmobilers come from all ...

In support of the Rail Trail initiative

To the editor:As a small business owner, a cyclist, and a resident of Saranac Lake, I am in favor of the Adirondack Rail Trail initiative. I support local businesses and recognize businesses are struggling to make sales. I also recognize the value of the recreation trail in Saranac Lake ...

Keep the rails

To the editor:The state's decision with respect to the Adirondack rail line is not good news. The rail line is the only way to preserve the wild and pristine nature of the Adirondacks. A trail will mean noise and polluted air along with the danger that both ATVs and snowmobiles are sure to ...

Why the trails are a better option

Yes the railroad did help build the entire country. It was a transition from rivers and canals and horse and buggies. The railroads of yesteryear are a proud part of American and Adirondack history, but we cannot afford to preserve everything.It is mostly private ownership and public support ...