To the editor:
There has been a lot of commentary and opinion regarding the rails-to-trails initiative, most all of which has focused on the economic benefit that one option or another brings to the area. While this is certainly an important thing to a few local tourist-oriented businesses, it has nearly no bearing whatsoever on the vast majority of the residents who actually live here. What seems like a much more relevant discussion topic is what benefits the majority of residents.
Seriously, how many locals ride the tourist train, how many locals actually benefit from seasonal tourist-train-related knickknack and snack sales, and then how many would benefit year-round from a safe bike, ski and snowmobile trail connecting Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, the St. Regis Canoe Area and Tupper Lake. For me it's a quality-of-life issue; let's talk about that.