Letters to the Editor - 01/09/2013

Some more info

Dear Editor,

Ron Kolodziej’s item in the Dec. 26 issue about E-15 left out a few details.

The manufacture of E-10 consumes about 25 percent more fossil fuel than is saved by running it through our cars.

It is well known that E-10 destroys air-cooled engines, i.e.; snowblowers, lawn mowers, chainsaws, leaf blowers, weedwackers, etc.

Gee, just think what E-15 will do for the environment and the engine-replacement industry. Next time we run into an advocate of this idiocy, we can express appropriate gratitude.

Robert Grimm,


Nothing stays the same

To the editor:

I am bone weary of people saying they don’t want anything to change here in Hamilton County. It happened again over New Year’s weekend when I took my daughters to Speculator Department Store.

Several visitors were enthusing to a clerk about how they love visiting Speculator because nothing ever changes. Then they talked about how they were looking forward to visiting Charlie John’s Store.

The clerk, rightfully proud, explained that Charlie John’s looks great because of all the new refrigeration and freezer units that have been installed.

“Oh no. I’m not going if it’s changed. I want it to stay the same,” one of the women lamented.

Applying that kind of logic to her personal life would be unthinkable; never change her tires or motor oil? Apparently her visits are so short that she has failed to notice change has been constant, and not always for the better.

Visitors are not the only people who decry change even as it happens around them. Year-round and seasonal residents have told me they don’t want to see (fill in the blank: Long Lake, Speculator, Raquette Lake, etc.) change. Yet over the past several decades, hamlets have lost grocery stores, lodging properties, restaurants, car dealerships, pharmacies and most critically, permanent population.

Nope, no one is going to invest in a pharmacy, restaurant or a new lodging property without a larger workforce and a larger critical mass of potential year-round customers.

And for anyone who calls attrition “staying the same,” I’d like to express my surprise at their willingness to pick up the property tax burden that results from lower sales tax collections, as well as the cost of hiring professionals to staff emergency services as our volunteers age out of service and young people leave.

Sure, the mountains and the lakes are unchanging, but as far as our communities are concerned we need to enact positive changes instead of waiting for negative change to be thrust upon us. Let’s start by planning for success and welcoming new people and ideas into our midst.

Ann Melious, director

Hamilton County Economic Development and Tourism

Lake Pleasant

On burned camps

Dear Editor

Nobody knows better than I what it was like to lose a camp in Wild Forest.

We used to have Herb Helms fly the women and kids into Kenny Sturges’ camp on Whitney Lake and the men would walk in. Sometimes Herb would land two or three times with other campers who flew into Piseco and they would set their camps up around Whitney. Sometimes we had 25 or more people in our camp.

Back then you were allowed 10 trout per person. Multiply that by 25 and you see I know how a lake can be over fished. Then the state decided to burn the camps.

At that time it was like having your arm cut off. I think some of the camps went back into the 1900s. It broke some peoples’ hearts to see them burned or see floatplanes banned.

You can see how easy it is to get too many people into Wild Forest. Now that I am older and wiser I know the state did the best thing.

Did you know you once could drive a Jeep to Whitney, Spruce, Pillsbury, Otter and Little Moose lakes in our area?

I can show you where they hauled cut stone to build a fireplace for their camp past Otter Lake and also cement blocks. Can you imaging the size all the camps would be there if this was allowed to continue? Then they claimed the area for themselves.

I believe the state is making a mistake by modernizing roads and trailheads into these areas. This will defeat the purpose of burning the camps by pushing more people into the Wild Forest again, and also the wrong type of campers.

I believe with the right management we — trappers, hikers, animals, etc. — can use Wild Forest and it will be like it used to be, for a thousand years to come.

I took a snowmobile to the top of Pillsbury Mountain many years ago. I’m glad this was stopped.

I wish all sportsmen could see what is happening. I wish I could write every week instead of once a month. Wild Forest Forever.

Lewis N. Page Sr.