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Shocked to hear rail removal option

October 4, 2012
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

The recent piece on the rail-trail controversy was informative to me. I admit I was shocked to think that removing the rails was even contemplated.

I had looked forward to seeing the entire route eventually fully restored for travel between Utica and Lake Placid. However, in historical terms this Adirondack line is a living treasure that is still intact. To lose it in our 21st century would be the height of shortsightedness in my opinion. The line will be more critical as gas prices increase to 8 or 10 dollars per gallon.

In fact, has anyone read "$20 per Gallon" by Christopher Steiner? How will tourists and families get to Lake Placid then? Furthermore, I have heard talk of a possible Lake Placid-Montreal combined winter Olympics as each location has great infrastructure and the concept of sharing the burden of cost would be eased for each participant.

Another great and unique symbol of US and Canadian friendship. A rail network would be absolutely a requirement to be even considered.

During our recent annual family vacation in Lake Placid, we talked of the loss of the former "Black Bear Restaurant," and the former "Pipe & Book Shop," and felt how unique those wonderful places were for Lake Placid. Is this progress? I only feel sadness and regret.

I am sending you an letter via email, but your physical newsprint is another element of small town America that is precious.

Stanley Kozaczka




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