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March 16, 2011 - Jessica Collier
business owner - Adirondack Rustic Design and Furniture Co (on Park Street)
(may have spelled the name wrong. same with last one.)
"To try to tell me that the health of my communities is greater and better than it's ever been — you're blind."
Remembers when he was 19, and the town was much more vibrant.
My store's survival to this point has hinged on the generosity of the Lawsons and the LaValleys.
It astounds me that we would force somebody to spend the dollars that they have spend with no return on their investment. Wonder if the environmental groups would change their minds if there were legislation saying they would have to pay back the money investors have spent so far on the plans.
We won't survive much longer. I've lived all my life here and know the difference between a healthy and vibrant community and one that is not.
"Now it's a business district where I'd be lucky if i were to see 6 to 10 visitors in one day and really lucky if I made a sale that day."
Those who say our community is doing well are wrong. "You don't walk in my shoes. You don't pay my bills. You don't struggle with the issues in my life."
I speak for me and other businesses. "We are offended, angry and confused. Over and over again, we must stand here to have our voice heard because the opposition says, 'You're not right. You're not competent to speak.'"
You (opposition) are the minority. You use ghost issues, ghost money and ghost people. We're all here. You say you have lots and lots of people, but won't tell me who they are and won't give me the numbers.
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