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‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go,’ if only!

October 19, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

The Dr. Seuss children's stories carry such wisdom that they are regularly given as gifts to adults. One such book is "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" The theme of the rhyming tale is that life is full of possibilities. You simply need to choose a path and have the courage to follow it.

As a big fan of Tupper Lake and as an advocate for the environment, it seems to me that the people of Tupper Lake have summoned the courage to choose a path that will lead them and their children to a healthier and happier style of living. Despite a few initial misgivings among some residents, the town as a whole has chosen to embrace the Adirondack Club and Resort as the means through which they'll secure a sound and dependable economy for today, and for the future. The people should be praised for examining their options and for making such a bold choice.

Another of the Dr. Seuss books that is frequently quoted in church sermons, graduation ceremonies and even in courtroom decisions is that of "The Jax," the story of the two very stubborn creatures who ran into each other, heading in opposite directions on the road, and stayed immobile because each refused to give an inch. The world around them continued to move forward. People raised families, found happiness in their work and celebrated life's magic moments, but not these two Jax. They just stared at each other and angrily demanded that the other move out of the way.

It would be a mistake to think that the people of Tupper Lake and the high-powered, outside attorneys who have been hired by a small chapter of the Sierra Club are at all like the two Jax in this story. That would suggest that the Tupper Lake townspeople and the development project they support are intransigent. All of the negotiations that have gone on between the townspeople and ACR and other environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and three disgruntled summer residents, suggest that the people of Tupper Lake keep trying to give ground to the environmentalists on contentious issues. That's why everyone but the local chapter of the Sierra Club and the three obstinate summer residents has agreed to get out of the way so that the people of Tupper Lake can move forward.

And just when you think that the town can move forward on the path it courageously chose for its future, the Sierra Club chapter's hired guns file another nuisance lawsuit to stop them in their tracks. They move side to side to block the way. They don't care if the rest of the world is moving along, enjoying both jobs and conservation. They are so stubborn, they don't want the people of Tupper Lake to do anything but stand still or give up its path.

The local chapter of the Sierra Club and the three mean-spirited summer residents remind me of another Dr. Seuss story - "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," which in this instance might better be called, "How the Grinch Stole the Future of the People of Tupper Lake."

Brian McNaught

Author and corporate diversity trainer

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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(Editor's note: Mr. McNaught told the Enterprise he is a next-door neighbor and friend of ACR developer Tom Lawson in Ft. Lauderdale and is buying a home in Tupper Lake.)

 
 

 

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