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Letters to the Editor - 11/21/2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - Updated: 7:36 AM

Time to act is now

Dear Editor,

It would be wise to accept the finding of most scientists and meteorologists on the present reality and dangers of global warming and begin doing what we can to remedy it. What can we do?

Support human population stabilization through thoughtful and well-funded family planning.

Promote environmental education and ecological practices at all school ages to college levels, including the public at large.

Encourage and reward tree planting where possible, along with public and private gardening and forest preservation.

Support and use more public transportation, carpooling and fuel-efficient vehicles along with bike paths and walkways on all roads.

Promote and work toward smaller, better-insulated buildings along with safe, renewable, clean energy resources.

Securing our planet for a safer today and tomorrow is everyone’s duty and the time to act is now.

Timothy Hume Behrendt,

Cold Brook

Many ways to help

Dear Editor,

After eight years of negotiation and reworking their application and an extensive adjudicatory hearing, the development of Adirondack Club and Resort was deemed legal.

In January 2012, in a 10-1 decision, the Adirondack Park Agency approved permits to build and develop the Adirondack Club and Resort. To be developed, constructed, and/or renovated are the following:

• Big Tupper ski area with truly unique and innovative renovations;

• the 60-room Cobblestone Inn at the base of Big Tupper;

• 650 private homes built on 6,300 acres;

• a multi-million dollar renovation of the signature Donald Ross golf course at Tupper Lake; and

• the construction of an equestrian center offering quarters for privately owned horses, horseback riding lessons for beginners to experts and guided horseback riding tours.

In March 2012 Protect the Adirondacks, The Sierra Club and three private residents filed a lawsuit against the APA, arguing the APA violated its own laws when it approved the Adirondack Club and Resort project.

If state appellate court (where the case will be argued and decided) rules that the APA did violate its own laws the decision will in effect result in disallowing the residents within the Adirondack Park the fruits of an influx of hundreds of millions of dollars, thousands of jobs and a society less dependent on government assistance.

Self-sustainment through a private market with private investors is now a possibility in Hamilton County.

Two weeks ago I knew nothing about this development and I was cynical about what my future in Hamilton County looked like. It was a bleak, arduous, uphill battle with a recessed economy strangled by regulations.

After learning about the Adirondack Club and Resort, I recognize that I must thank the lead developers, Mike Foxman and Tom Lawson, for their audacity and for working so hard to pave the way for the future of the Adirondack Park, where personal prosperity and success are more probable outcomes.

If you’d like to help, but don’t know how, please contact me at either jamesknoxwaller@gmail.com or my cell phone at (908) 967-7659. I will offer many ways to help.

Jamie Waller,

Lake Pleasant

     

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